Find Your Park: Big South Fork and Obed to Celebrate National Public Lands Day on September 26


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News Release Date: September 22, 2015

Contact: Letitia Neal, 423-569-9778

Contact: Chris Derman, 423-569-9778

Get outdoors and take part in the celebration for National Public Lands Day 2015, with Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and Obed Wild and Scenic River on Saturday, September 26. One night of free camping has been authorized at the Alum Ford Campground (Big South Fork) and Rock Creek Campground (Obed) as well as for all backcountry permits.

Alum Ford Campground, located on the Big South Fork, offers a serene camping experience near the edge of the Big South Fork River on the Kentucky side of the park. There are six campsites with grills, picnic tables, and lantern hooks as well as accessible vault toilets. The Sheltowee Trace Trail also passes through this campground. 

Rock Creek Campground, located on the Obed, offers riverside camping spots near the spectacular Emory River. There are eleven campsites with grills, picnic tables, and lantern hooks as well as a brand new vault toilet facility. The campground also connects with the Emory River Nature Trail and the Cumberland Trail. 

National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event in which eight federal agencies as well as other groups partner together to maintain and protect the environment. More information can be found at 

For further information on the parks, call the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275, or the Obed Wild & Scenic River Visitor Center at (423) 346-6294.

Last updated: September 24, 2015

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