July 12, 2017
Special Use Permits Clarifications to Go Into Effect October 1 2017
There are over 130,000 acres of opportunities for special events within Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and Obed Wild and Scenic River. To help ensure resource protection, visitor safety and make sure that other visitors’ experience is not significantly impeded, special events such as weddings and endurance races require a special use permit.
June 28, 2017
Big South Fork NRRA Announces Extension of Annual Photo Contest Deadline
The National Park Service announces that the deadline for the annual Big South Fork NRRA photo contest has been extended to August 7, 2017.
June 22, 2017
Big South Fork Proposes to Increase Some Camping Fees Effective January 1, 2018
Big South Fork NRRA is proposing to increase the nightly fee rates for all campsites at Bandy Creek and Blue Heron Campgrounds January 1, 2018.
May 16, 2017
2017 Cemetery Visit Assistance Offered by Big South Fork
Big South Fork NRRA will provide assistance on Friday, May 19, and Saturday, May 20, for family members who wish to visit remote cemeteries and do minor clean-up of graves of their relatives.
May 09, 2017
Third Annual Blue Heron Decoration Day Share Your Big South Fork Heritage for the Ages
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area is interested in obtaining copies of historic photographs of the people, places, and events that occurred in the Big South Fork area prior to the park’s establishment. During the Decoration Day event, park staff will be available to copy historic photographs of the Big South Fork area
April 21, 2017
2016 Tourism to Big South Fork NRRA Created over $20 Million in Economic Benefits: Report shows visitor spending supports 282 jobs in local economy
A new National Park Service report shows that 684,715 visitors to Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in 2016 spent $20,763,300 in communities near the park. That spending supported 282 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $22,328,700.
April 07, 2017
Professional Development Opportunity for Teachers at Big South Fork NRRA
Big South Fork NRRA is recruiting teachers to participate in the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT) program this summer. The TRT program is a professional development opportunity for K-12 teachers to spend the summer acquiring new skills in experiential learning through a program provided by a partnership between the National Park Service and the University of Colorado Denver.
April 04, 2017
Big South Fork and Obed Parks Science Meeting on April 19
In celebration of National Park Week, the National Park Service will be hosting a public science meeting on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. The public is invited to spend the day with scientists who have been conducting research at Obed Wild and Scenic River and Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.
April 04, 2017
Recreation and Tourism Planning Workshop and Information Sessions on April 13 & May 10
The National Park Service will be hosting two Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program information sessions, on Thursday, April 13, and Wednesday, May 10. Both meetings are open to all who may be interested.
March 31, 2017
Big South Fork NRRA to Welcome New United States Citizens during National Park Week
The National Park Service and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service will partner to hold a naturalization ceremony for new United States citizens on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The public is invited to witness this stirring ceremony.
March 17, 2017
Park Employees Participate in Fifth Annual “Sparkle Day” Event
On March 15, 2017, approximately 30 employees from every division in the park participated in Sparkle Day, the park’s annual employee litter pickup event.
March 17, 2017
Spring Season Prescribed Fires to Begin at Big South Fork
During the next few weeks, fire crews will be conducting a series of prescribed fires within Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.
March 14, 2017
Visitation to Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area Increases for Fourth Consecutive Year in 2016
Big South Fork NRRA recorded 684,715 visits in during the National Park Service Centennial. Visitation to the park has increased for fourth consecutive year, in 2016.
March 10, 2017
Big South Fork Receives Grant for “GO BIG” 2017 Challenge
Big South Fork NRRA is pleased to announce it has recently been awarded a grant by Eastern National, for the "GO BIG" 2017 Challenge.
March 09, 2017
"GO BIG" in 2017, as you Explore, Experience, and Connect with Big South Fork NRRA
The GO BIG 2017 Challenge is a year-long, self-paced, park-wide event designed to encourage you to get out and explore YOUR park.
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.