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Big South Fork NRRA Celebrates 50th Anniversary in 2024

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Date: December 28, 2023
Contact: Christopher Derman, 423-569-9778

Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area is commemorating its first 50 years by sharing a year-long celebration in 2024. During this year, the park will celebrate those who have played a role in making this special place what it is today - YOU!

Big South Fork is planning a year of honoring the past, celebrating today, and planning for the future. “The story of Big South Fork is not finished. We are excited to engage with the community as we look forward to the next 50 years,” said Superintendent Niki Stephanie Nicholas. 

As the new year approaches, there is a lot in store, from the installation of dozens of brand new interpretive waysides and information boards found at trailheads, parking lots and other points of interest throughout the park, a completely overhauled official park map and guide, special events, ranger-led programs, and incredible social media content, just to name a few.

To commemorate this special year, be sure to stop by the visitor center to purchase your very own 50th anniversary merchandise! A special edition patch, pin, sticker, t-shirt, hiking medallion, coffee mug, and more have been designed just for this special year! These items won't last long. They are available only for a limited time!

Kick-off Event
Big South Fork’s 50th anniversary activities start with a kick-off celebration on January 1, from 10:00 AM at Bandy Creek Visitor Center. Mountain bikers are invited to ride the annual “Mail Run” event. Bikers meet at Bandy Creek Visitor Center and then hit the trails. The ride is traditionally called the Mail Run because it occurs every year, no matter the weather. Just remember to BYOB (Bring Your Own Bike). The Mail Run consists of a choice of rides varying anywhere from 8-35 miles so bikers can pick the group ride of a length they are most comfortable with. Hot chocolate and coffee will be available at Bandy Creek Visitor Center before the rides starts.

Last updated: December 29, 2023

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