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 26th annual Haunting in the Hills Storytelling Festival

26th Annual Storytelling Festival

Join us as we celebrate the 26th annual Haunting in the Hills Storytelling Festival

Kentucky National Parks Pentathlon Patch

Kentucky National Parks Pentathlon

Get out and explore YOUR Kentucky national parks today!

Yahoo Falls

Fourth Annual Photo Contest

Big South Fork NRRA invites photographers to submit entries for the fourth annual photography contest and exhibit.

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

8th Annual Blue Heron Ghost Train

Join us September 8th for an evening of tales as we wind through the hills of Kentucky to the abandon coal camp at Blue Heron.

"GO BIG" in 2018!

"GO BIG" in 2018, as you Explore, Experience, and Connect with Big South Fork NRRA

Night Sky & Astronomy Programs

Night Sky & Astronomy Programs

Join us for an evening of dark sky education and celebration by attending a ranger-led astronomy program at Big South Fork NRRA

layout of several brochures with information about the park

Park Brochures

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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: June 25, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

4564 Leatherwood Road
Oneida, TN 37841


(423) 569-9778

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