February 21, 2017
Yamacraw Bridge Volunteer Cleanup on March 25
In preparation for the high visitation season, Big South Fork NRRA is planning a Yamacraw Bridge Volunteer Cleanup on March 25.
February 16, 2017
O&W Bridge Closed for Repair Work Starting March 6
Efforts to repair the historic O&W Bridge will commence Monday, March 6, and will take approximately three weeks to complete. For resource protection and visitor safety, the road area near the bridge will be closed to all vehicular and recreational activity during the construction period.
February 09, 2017
Free Camping at Big South Fork for President’s Day Weekend
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be observing President's Day Saturday, February 20 2017, by authorizing free backcountry permits and one night of free camping at Alum Ford Campground.
January 31, 2017
Demonstrators Invited to Participate in the 17th Annual Spring Planting and Music Festival
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be hosting the 17th Annual Spring Planting and Music Festival on Saturday, April 29, 2017.
January 18, 2017
Big South Fork NRRA Announces Second Annual 4th Grade Student Art Contest
Back by popular demand, fourth grade classrooms and students are invited to participate in an art contest at Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area to earn their Every Kid in a Park Pass.
January 18, 2017
Big South Fork Announces Third Annual Photo Contest
The National Park Service invites the public to submit entries the Big South Fork's Third Annual Photo Contest.
January 09, 2017
Big South Fork Seeks Musicians for 17th Annual Spring Planting & Music Festival
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area is seeking volunteer musical acts interested in performing at the 17th annual Big South Fork Spring Planting and Music Festival event scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 2017.
December 16, 2016
Big South Fork Visitors Log Over 15,000 Miles in the "Centennial Challenge, 100 miles for 100 Years"
In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial birthday, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area hosted the Centennial Challenge Celebration on Saturday, December 10, at Bandy Creek Visitor Center.
December 15, 2016
Ban on Open Fires within Big South Fork Lifted December 15
Recent rain showers and cooler weather have reduced fire activity and Big South Fork NRRA officials have lifted the ban on open fires in the park.
December 12, 2016
Contaminated Mine Drainage Remediation Project at Blue Heron to Commence January 6
The National Park Service is announcing the start of a contaminated mine drainage remediation project scheduled to begin January 6, 2017. To ensure visitor safety and resource protection, temporary trail closures in the Blue Heron area of the Big South Fork will start in January and be in place until approximately April 2017.
November 19, 2016
Temporary Closures Implemented due to Chimney Rock Fire
The Chimney Rock Fire was reported November 18. The fire is east side of Station Camp Road, in the Slaven Branch Drainage.
November 16, 2016
All Open Fires Prohibited Due to Extremely Dry Conditions
Due to the extremely dry conditions currently being experienced, park officials have determined that it is necessary to prohibit the use of all open fires and activities, which unduly increase fire danger.
November 02, 2016
Park Implements Campfire Restrictions
Due to the extremely dry conditions currently being experienced, park officials have determined that it is necessary to restrict the use of open fires and activities, which unduly increase the fire danger.
October 07, 2016
Cemetery Visit Assistance Offered by Big South Fork NRRA
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area will provide assistance on October 28-29 for family members who wish to visit remote cemeteries and do minor clean-up of graves of their relatives. This assistance will be provided to the park cemeteries that are not easy to access and located inside the park boundary.
September 23, 2016
Wild Hogs Management at Big South Fork
Deer season in the Big South Fork NRRA begins September 3, in Kentucky, and will begin September 24, in Tennessee. During that time wild hogs may be harvested and during an extended season that lasts from the end of deer season through the end of February.
September 20, 2016
Big South Fork NRRA & Obed WSR Celebrate National Public Lands Day Sept 24
Get outdoors and take part in the celebration for National Public Lands Day 2016, with Big South Fork NRRA and Obed WSR on Saturday, September 24.
September 17, 2016
Body Recovered Near Yahoo Falls Area of Big South Fork NRRA
A vehicle containing a body was discovered the evening of September 14, 2016, submerged in the water at the Big Creek Boat Launch, at the northern-most area of the park, near Yahoo Falls.
September 13, 2016
Kentucky Youth Complete Crucial Work at Big South Fork NRRA
Eight high school students from McCreary Central High School recently finished the summer working on a Youth Conservation Corps team at Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area in Stearns, KY.
September 09, 2016
Big South Fork Environmental Assessment Completed for Remediation of Selected Contaminated Mine Drainage Sites
Big South Fork NRRA contains over 100 abandoned mine openings which are part of historic coal operations. Abandoned mines produced waste rock, open portals and, in some cases, contaminated mine drainage, which are human safety and environmental hazards. Some sites contain unique cultural and natural resources.
September 09, 2016
Geotechnical Drilling at Leatherwood Ford Low Water Bridge
Big South Fork NRRA will initiate preliminary ground work to support design suitability of the historically significant Leatherwood Ford low water bridge, located on Highway 297, near Oneida, Tennessee.
September 07, 2016
Big South Fork NRRA Announces Winners of Second Annual Photo Contest
In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area announced the winners of the second annual photography contest.
September 07, 2016
Week of Storytelling Across the Big South Fork
As summer begins to wind down Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area begins eight days of storytelling, September 10-17, with the 6th annual Ghost Train and the 24th annual Storytelling Festival.
September 02, 2016
Big South Fork NRRA Launches Second Year of Every Kid in a Park Pass Fourth Graders and their Families Eligible for Free Access to Public Lands and Waters Nationwide
Big South Fork encourages all fourth graders to visit the park this year as part of the Every Kid in a Park program. The program gives fourth grade students, and those accompanying them, free access to more than 2,000 public lands and waters nationwide for a year. Visit www.EveryKidinaPark.gov to download the pass and get more information.
September 01, 2016
McCreary County 4th Graders to Receive Every Kid in a Park Pass
Fourth grade students in McCreary County are invited to attend the National Park Service Centennial celebration and reveal of the new Big South Fork NRRA film, “Generations,” at McCreary Central High School and to receive the Every Kid in a Park Pass. During the special event, student representatives from each school will join National Park Service leadership on stage to accept the Every Kid in a Park passes on behalf of their classroom.
August 24, 2016
Big South Fork NRRA Celebrates Silver Anniversary
On August 25, 1991, the US Army Corps of Engineers transferred management of Big South Fork NRRA to the National Park Service. Twenty-five years later, Big South Fork now celebrates its Silver Anniversary on the same day the National Park Service celebrates its Centennial Birthday.
August 19, 2016
Tennessee Youth Finish Valuable Work This Summer at Big South Fork NRRA
High school students from Fentress and Scott Counties recently finished the summer working on a Youth Conservation Corps team at Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area.
August 15, 2016
Big South Fork Art in the Park Reception Photo Contest Winners Will Be Unveiled
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be hosting an Art-in-the-Park reception on Saturday, September 3, at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center. The reception will start at 5:00 PM (ET).
July 27, 2016
Udall Foundation Conducts Parks-In-Focus Training at Big South Fork for NPS Educators
On July 27-28, Program Director Bret Muter, from the Stuart L. Udall Foundation provided facilitator training at Big South Fork NRRA to NPS educators, learning how to connect youth to nature through photography and outdoor learning.
July 19, 2016
Twenty-fourth Annual Haunting in the Hills Storytelling Festival on September 17
The 24th annual "Haunting in the Hills" Storytelling Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 17, 2016.
July 19, 2016
Find Your Park: Big South Fork & Obed Celebrate National Park Service 100th Birthday August 25-28
Bring your family and friends to celebrate the National Park Service’ 100th birthday at Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area and Obed Wild & Scenic River Thursday, August 25 through Sunday, August 28.
July 15, 2016
Youth Conservation Corps Experience Rock Climbing
On June 30, Youth Conservation Corps staff experienced rock climbing for the first time at Crack-in-the-Rocks, a unique rock formation near the Blue Heron Interpretive Center.
July 15, 2016
Big South Fork Announces the Kentucky Premiere of New Park Movie “Generations” on September 10
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area announces the Kentucky premiere of its new park movie, "Generations," on Saturday, September 10, at 4:30 p.m. (ET) at McCreary Central High School.
July 12, 2016
Big South Fork Announces the Premiere of New Park Movie: "Generations" August 27
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area announces the premiere of its new park movie "Generations" on Saturday August 27, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. (ET) at Bandy Creek Visitor Center.
July 07, 2016
Blue Heron Wastewater System Improvement Project beginning July 10
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will begin preliminary ground work for an improved wastewater system located at Blue Heron (Mine-18), in Stearns, Kentucky.
June 20, 2016
Comments Now Being Accepted on Contaminated Mine Drainage Remediation Assessment
The National Park Service in cooperation with the Army Corps of Engineers has developed an Environmental Assessment for the Remediation of Selected Contaminated Mine Drainage Sites in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in McCreary County, Kentucky. The public comment period begins on Monday, June 20 and will continue through Wednesday, July 20, 2016.
June 17, 2016
Yahoo Falls Road Improvement Project to Start June 20
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is pleased to announce that the Yahoo Falls road improvement project will begin on or about June 20, 2016. Access to Yahoo Falls picnic area and trailhead will remain open throughout the project.
June 13, 2016
Visitor Drowns Near Blue Heron Area of Park
An 11-year-old male drowned while swimming near the Blue Heron area of the park Monday, June 6, 2016.
May 20, 2016
Celebrate National Trails Day at Big South Fork on Saturday June 4
As part of a National Trails Day celebration, the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will host a day of trail clean-up on Saturday, June 4. Participants should meet at Bandy Creek Visitor Center by 8:30 a.m. (ET).
May 19, 2016
Big South Fork Announces Fourth Grade Student Art Contest Winners
In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area hosted an art contest for fourth grade students in school systems in Kentucky and Tennessee surrounding the park. Winners were selected during the 16th annual Spring Planting Festival.
May 17, 2016
Wild Hog Research Project at Big South Fork NRRA
To better understand the wild pig population, Big South Fork has partnered with the University of Tennessee to conduct a wild pig research project that will include the capture and radio-tagging of wild pigs with GPS transmitters. The data from this project will help to determine movement patterns of wild hogs including their responses to removal/hunting efforts and will also provide baseline data for the development of a wild hog management strategy for the park.
April 27, 2016
National Park Service Invites the Public to Collections Preservation Center Open House and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Collections Preservation Center in Townsend, Tennessee, on Friday, May 6, at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time). The ceremony will be followed by a public open house of the new facility from 10:30 a.m. through 2:00 p.m.
April 21, 2016
Knoxville Airport Exhibit Celebrating National Parks of Tennessee to Open April 21
The ground floor of the McGhee Tyson Airport terminal is soon going to be transformed into a display of East Tennessee’s national parks in honor of the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service.
April 21, 2016
2015 tourism to big south fork nrra created $19.2 million in economic benefits
A National Park Service report shows that nearly 650,000 visitors to Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area in 2015, and spent $19.2 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 263 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy.
April 07, 2016
Find Your Park During National Park Week 2016
The Big South Fork and Obed offer a diverse range of recreational opportunities for visitors to experience.
March 16, 2016
Park Employees Participate in Annual “Sparkle Day” Event
On March 16, 2016, approximately 45 employees from every division in the park participated in Sparkle Day, the park’s annual employee litter pickup event.
March 14, 2016
Spring Prescribed Fires to Begin at Big South Fork NRRA
During the next few weeks, National Park Service fire crews will be conducting a series of prescribed fires within Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.
March 11, 2016
Big South Fork Receives Grant to Help Support Centennial Challenge: 100 Miles for 100 Years
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area recently received a grant to support the park’s Centennial Challenge: 100 Miles for 100 Years.
February 25, 2016
Big South Fork Announces Second Annual Photo Contest
The National Park Service invites the public to submit entries the Big South Fork's Second Annual Photo Contest.
December 17, 2015
Big South Fork Seeks Musicians for Spring Planting Music Festival 2016
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area is seeking volunteer musical acts interested in performing at the 16th annual Big South Fork Spring Planting and Music Festival event scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2016.