Find Your Park: Big South Fork and Obed to Celebrate the National Park Service’s 99th Birthday on August 25

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Date: July 27, 2015
Contact: Letitia Neal, 423-569-9778
Contact: Chris Derman, 423-569-9778

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Bring your family and friends to celebrate the National Park Service's 99th birthday at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and the Obed Wild and Scenic River on Tuesday, August 25. One night of free camping has been authorized at the Alum Ford Campground (Big South Fork) and Rock Creek Campground (Obed) as well as for all backcountry permits.

Alum Ford Campground, located on the Big South Fork, offers a tranquil camping experience near the edge of the Big South Fork River on the Kentucky side of the park. There are six campsites with grills, picnic tables, and lantern hooks as well as accessible vault toilets. The SheltoweeTrace Trail also passes through this campground.

Rock Creek Campground, located on the Obed, offers riverside camping spots near the stunning Emory River. There are eleven campsites with grills, picnic tables, and lantern hooks as well as a brand new vault toilet facility. The campground also connects with the Emory River Nature Trail and the Cumberland Trail.

Visitors are encouraged to celebrate all that America's more than 400 national parks have to offer and try something new. Share your story and find out more about Founders' Day by visiting

For further information, call the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275 or the Obed Wild and Scenic River Visitor Center at (423) 346-6294.

Last updated: July 28, 2015

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