Visitation to Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area Increases for Fourth Consecutive Year in 2016

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Date: March 14, 2017
Contact: Effie Houston, (423) 569-9778
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Big South Fork NRRA recorded 684,715 visits in 2016, during the National Park Service Centennial. “For over 40 years visitors from around the world have come to Tennessee and Kentucky to revel in one of the nation’s premier places for outdoor recreation,” said Superintendent Niki Nicholas. “Indeed, we had our third highest visitation in the last 12 years, due in part to the Centennial Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque campaign launched with the National Park Foundation, which reached new audiences.”
Visitation at Big South Fork NRRA has increased steadily for the last four consecutive years, and is on track to make it five, in 2017. Big South Fork is a place known and loved by local, regional, national, and international visitors. In this era of increased visitation, park officials remain committed to preserving the park’s resources and the experience of the visitors who come here.
For more information about visitation, please go to the National Park Service Visitor Use Statistics website at

Last updated: March 14, 2017

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