Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

4564 Leatherwood Rd
Oneida TN  37841

Phone: (423) 569-9778

Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Encompassing 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area protects the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries. The area boasts miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs, is rich with natural and historic features and has been developed to provide visitors with a wide range of outdoor recreational activities.

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GO Big 2018 Challenge Healthy Hike: Twin Arches Loop

GO Big 2018 Challenge Healthy Hike: Twin Arches Loop
10:00 am - 03/03/2018

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Meet Ranger Mary at the Twin Arches Loop trailhead for a moderate to strenuous 5.5 mile healthy hike. This fabulous loop is rich in fascinating geological features...

GO Big Healthy Hike John Litton Farm Loop

GO Big Healthy Hike John Litton Farm Loop
12:00 am - 03/24/2018

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Join a ranger at the Bandy Creek Swimming Pool Parking Lot for a moderate 4.4 mile hike to the Fall Branch Waterfall. Discover the beauty of Fall Branch Waterfall...

The Third Annual Yamacraw River and Trail cleanup

The Third Annual Yamacraw River and Trail cleanup
09:00 am - 03/24/2018

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Join us on Saturday, March 24th for a Trail and River Cleanup along the Sheltowee Trace National Recreational Trail, between the historic K&T Heritage Trail Bridge...

Hike Stone Arches - Big South Fork National Recreation Area

Hike Stone Arches - Big South Fork National Recreation Area
08:00 am - 04/08/2018

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Cost: $27 Registration Deadline: Thursday, April 5, 2018 The cult classic of Honey Creek Loop in the Big South Fork National Recreation Area is like caving, canyoneering,...

Blue Heron Decoration Day

Blue Heron Decoration Day
10:00 am - 05/19/2018

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

This is an opportunity for park visitors and families that once lived and worked in the Stearns Coal Mining Communities to join together for an afternoon of food,...

Deadline for entries: Big South Fork Photo Contest

Deadline for entries: Big South Fork Photo Contest
08:00 am - 08/03/2018

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Capture your photos now for the fourth annual Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area photo contest. The deadline this year will be Friday, August 3, 2018....

The 8th Annual Blue Heron Ghost Train

The 8th Annual Blue Heron Ghost Train
06:30 pm - 09/08/2018

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

September is a great time to come enjoy traditional storytelling at the #BigSouthFork. Join us for our annual #BlueHeronGhostTrain storytelling event. Take the...

Past Events

GO Big 2018 Challenge Kick-off: Middle Creek Nature Loop

GO Big 2018 Challenge Kick-off: Middle Creek Nature Loop
10:00 am - 02/03/2018

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Join Ranger Mary Grimm at the Middle Creek Trailhead located off the Divide Road for an easy to moderate 3.5 mile hike. Divide Road is located on Hwy 154 just south...

GO BIG 2017 Challenge Celebration

GO BIG 2017 Challenge Celebration
10:00 am - 12/09/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Come celebrate the accomplishments of all those that completed the GO BIG 2017 Challenge! Participants will have the opportunity to compete for awards in various...

Winter Bird Walk on Saturday, December 9, at Bandy Creek

Winter Bird Walk on Saturday, December 9, at Bandy Creek
08:30 am - 12/09/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Join Dr. Charles P. Nicholson at Bandy Creek Visitor Center on Saturday, December 9. Chuck Nicholson is an active member of the Tennessee Ornithological Society...

GO BIG 2017 Black Friday Healthy Hike: Yahoo Falls Loop

GO BIG 2017 Black Friday Healthy Hike: Yahoo Falls Loop
11:00 am - 11/24/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Instead of shopping on 'Black Friday," earn points towards your 2017 GO BIG patch by joining Park Rangers on a one hour guided hike to Kentucky’s tallest waterfall,...

GO BIG Healthy Hike Middle Creek Nature Loop

GO BIG Healthy Hike Middle Creek Nature Loop
10:00 am - 11/18/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Join a Ranger at the Middle Creek Trailhead off Divide Road for a 3.5 mile easy to moderate hike. Middle Creek Loop boasts of 12 rockhouses, rock over hangs, and...

Reading Ranger: End of the Year Celebration

Reading Ranger: End of the Year Celebration
10:30 am - 11/11/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Join Park Rangers Saturday, November 11th at 10:30 am (ET) at the Yahoo Falls picnic area for a fun children’s Storytime about the upcoming winter season. We will...

GO BIG Healthy Hike John Muir Overlook

GO BIG Healthy Hike John Muir Overlook
10:00 am - 11/04/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Join Ranger Miriam at the Chestnut Ridge Trailhead off Divide Road just north of the Kentucky state line for a 5.4 mile hike. Bask in the radiant fall colors as...

Reading Ranger hike to Princess Falls

Reading Ranger hike to Princess Falls
10:00 am - 10/21/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Join Park Rangers and Librarians from the McCreary County Public Library for a fun children’s Storytime about autumn on Saturday, October 21st. We will meet at...

GO BIG Challenge Healthy Hike East Laurel Overlook

GO BIG Challenge Healthy Hike East Laurel Overlook
10:00 am - 10/21/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Join Ranger Mary at the Cumberland Valley Trailhead Parking Lot for a moderate 6 mile hike. East Laurel Overlook offers a broad view of the gorge created by East...

Heritage Trail Days hike to Dick Gap overlook

Heritage Trail Days hike to Dick Gap overlook
10:00 am - 10/08/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Every year the National Park Service partners with McCreary County for Heritage Trail Days to celebrate the amazing outdoor recreational opportunities in the area....

GO BIG Healthy Hike: Public Lands Day & Slave Falls Loop

GO BIG Healthy Hike: Public Lands Day & Slave Falls Loop
10:00 am - 09/30/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

The GO BIG 2017 Challenge is still in full swing! So join Ranger Leo at the Sawmill trailhead off Fork Ridge Road for an easy to moderate 3.2 mile hike. To celebrate...

Go Big 2017 Reading Ranger: Blue Heron

Go Big 2017 Reading Ranger: Blue Heron
10:30 am - 09/23/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Join Park Rangers and librarians from the McCreary County Public Library at the Blue Heron Outdoor Museum for a fun children’s Storytime about trains at 10:30...

Blue Heron Ghost Train

Blue Heron Ghost Train
06:30 pm - 09/09/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

September is a great time to come enjoy traditional storytelling at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Join us on September 9th for the 7th Annual...

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Yahoo Falls Loop

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Yahoo Falls Loop
11:00 am - 09/03/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Earn points towards your 2017 GO BIG patch by joining a park ranger on a one hour guided hike to one of Kentucky’s tallest waterfalls, Yahoo Falls. The hike...

Big South Fork Art in the Park Reception

Big South Fork Art in the Park Reception
05:00 pm - 09/02/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

The Big South Fork National River and Recreational Area will be hosting an Art in the Park reception on Saturday, September 2, at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center...

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Catawba Overlook

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Catawba Overlook
02:30 pm - 08/30/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Earn points towards your 2017 GO Big patch by joining a Park Ranger Wednesday, August 30th at 2:30 pm (ET) on a healthy hike along the Kentucky trail. We will travel...

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Yahoo Falls Loop

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Yahoo Falls Loop
11:00 am - 08/27/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Earn points towards your 2017 GO BIG patch by joining a park ranger on a one hour guided hike to one of Kentucky’s tallest waterfalls, Yahoo Falls. The hike...

GO BIG 2017 Dark Sky Program

GO BIG 2017 Dark Sky Program
09:30 pm - 08/26/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Has the total solar eclipse made you curious about the distant objects that lie outside our atmosphere? Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area hopes...

GO BIG Healthy Hike Burnt Mill Bridge Loop

GO BIG Healthy Hike Burnt Mill Bridge Loop
10:00 am - 08/26/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Have you been wanting to get in shape without living in the gym? Join us and enjoy the best of the Cumberland Plateau while challenging yourself with natural beauty....

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Blue Heron Overlook Healthy Hike

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Blue Heron Overlook Healthy Hike
02:30 pm - 08/23/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Earn points towards your 2017 GO Big patch by joining a Park Ranger Wednesday, August 3rd at 2:30 pm (ET) on a healthy hike along part of the Blue Heron loop trail....

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