Hunters, mountain bikers, horseback riders, paddlers and backpackers enjoy roughing it in the backcountry of Big South Fork. Please help protect the environment and enhance the backcountry experience for everybody by using low impact techniques and observing all regulations.
Backcountry camping is defined as any camping outside of a developed area. Although there are no designated backcountry sites, you can help minimize impact by using an existing site rather than creating a new one. When it is determined that the impact on a particular area is becoming too great, that area may be closed to camping.
Backcountry permits are required. You may obtain a permit from the Bandy Creek Visitor Center, the Blue Heron Interpretive Center, online, and at the following vendors:
|VENDOR NAME||LOCATION||PHONE NUMBER||LOCATION DESCRIPTION|
|One Stop||Whitley City, KY||606-376-5200||Intersection of Hwy 700 and US 27, KY|
|McCreary County Tourism Office||Whitley City, KY||606-376-3008||Downtown Whitley City, KY|
|R&M Brooks Store||Rugby, TN||423-628-2533||West of Rugby on Rugby Road, TN|
|Henbos||Jamestown, TN||931-879-0366||At intersection of BYP 127 and Hwy 296.|
For more information about permits and fees, please call (423) 286-7275. Keep your permit with you while camping.