Come Explore the Cumberland Plateau

Encompassing 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area protects the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries. The area boasts miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs, is rich with natural and historic features and has been developed to provide visitors with a wide range of outdoor recreational activities.

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We all rush along sometimes.

But there are special places in this world,
and if we go too fast, we might miss them.

But if we slow down, and look,
we can see more than we ever thought we would.

In these places, how far we can go is measured not by steps, but by perseverance.

And the paths we follow, were carved by those who came before.

It might not seem like things are changing, but they always are.

If we watch for it.

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There's so much to experience at Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. But don't take our word for it. Your adventure awaits!

Join us as we celebrate the 28th annual Haunting in the Hills Storytelling Festival

Annual Storytelling Festival

Storytellers from around the world will perform September 17-19 at the annual Haunting in the Hills Storytelling Festival.

Take an evening ride through the hills of Kentucky to the former Blue Heron coal camp.

Annual Blue Heron Ghost Train

Join us virtually September 12-16 for an evening of tales from the abandoned coal camp at Blue Heron.

2020 Go Big Challenge

2020 Go Big Challenge

"GO BIG" in 2020, as you Explore, Experience, and Connect with Big South Fork. This year's theme is a Sense of Place.

layout of several brochures with information about the park

Park Brochures

Download your brochures here.

Ranger-led Programs and Events

Ranger-led Programs and Events

Discover why Big South Fork is so special. Join a park ranger for fun, informative, and free guided programs and events.

Plan a night at one of our five campgrounds.


Plan a night at one of our five campgrounds.

historic cabin located in the heart of the Big South Fork

Concessionaires and Outfitters

Plan your visit with one of these businesses in the park.

Last updated: August 24, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

4564 Leatherwood Road
Oneida, TN 37841


(423) 569-9778

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