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Big South Fork Remains Open, Visitor Facilities and Programs Closed until April 1

Bandy Creek Visitor Center
Bandy Creek Visitor Center

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News Release Date: March 17, 2020

Contact: Christopher Derman, 423-569-9778

Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area remains open at this time. However, in order to protect our visitors and employees and minimize transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19), all visitor centers will be closed ‪until April 1. Visitor activities, including ranger-led programs and guided tours and activities are also suspended until further notice.

Restrooms remain open at this time and NPS staff are working to maintain clean and healthy facilities in accordance with CDC guidance.

While our NPS sites provide great opportunities for outdoor recreation, we encourage all visitors to follow CDC guidance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. These measures include following routine precautions like washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; not touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick.

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Last updated: March 17, 2020

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