Big South Fork GO BIG Challenge

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Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area is proud to introduce its eighth GO BIG Challenge designed to engage the public in health and fitness while enjoying everything our national park has to offer. The GO BIG 2023 Challenge is a year-long, self-paced, all-inclusive event that encourages visitors to connect and experience the many diverse activities and areas along with the natural, historical, and cultural resources of Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, Obed Wild & Scenic River, and Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

This year's challenge theme is focused on the trees of our parks. Visitors will be challenged to explore the three parks and experience the many different species of native and non-native trees that grow on the Cumberland Plateau.

From January 1 to December 9, participants can earn points based on the honor system by answering questions about the nature, and history of the three parks. Acquiring points will require embarking on an adventure in search of site-specific information. Points will also be given for miles hiked, biked, paddled, or equestrian ridden. Visitors are encouraged to collect a total of 100 points to earn a unique GO BIG 2023 Challenge patch. In 2023, all participants who earn a total of 200 points will be awarded a vinyl sticker of this year’s logo!

Pick up your free copy of the GO BIG 2023 Challenge at Bandy Creek Visitor Center or download it here on January 1 and get started!


Share your challenge photos!

We encourage you to share your adventures by emailing your photos to us. Download the GO BIG Challenge Photo Release Form, complete it, and email this form with your photos, or mail them to us at the address below. These photos may be shared on our social media sites for other participants to enjoy.

When completed, bring the booklet to Bandy Creek Visitor Center, or mail to:

Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area
4564 Leatherwood Road
Oneida, TN 37841
Attention: GO BIG Challenge Coordinator


Challenge Wrap-up and Celebration
The challenge will wrap up on December 9th, at 10:00 am ET with a GO BIG Celebration. All visitors that participate in the challenge and are present will be recognized for their accomplishments and considered for an award in various categories. Registration for awards begins at 9:30 am ET at Bandy Creek Visitor Center.

Award Categories for 2023 are:

  1. Most Hiking Points
  2. Most Biking Points
  3. Most Equestrian Points
  4. Most Volunteer Points
  5. Most Youth Points
  6. Most Overall Points: First and Second Place
**Each participant can only qualify as a winner in one category.**

Last updated: October 28, 2023

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4564 Leatherwood Road
Oneida, TN 37841


423 569-9778

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