Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

4564 Leatherwood Rd
Oneida,  TN 37841

Phone: (423) 569-9778



Events

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

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,...

GO BIG Challenge Healthy Hike Honey Creek Loop

GO BIG Challenge Healthy Hike Honey Creek Loop
09:00 am - 05/05/2018

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Immerse yourself in what was once designated as a “pocket wilderness” while you disconnect from your stressful routine. Take some time to concentrate on your...

GO Big Oscar Blevins Trail Runs

GO Big Oscar Blevins Trail Runs
09:00 am - 04/28/2018

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is partnering with the Knoxville Track Club to hold three trail runs on the scenic Oscar Blevins Nature Trail during...

Wildflower Hike: Yahoo Falls Loop

Wildflower Hike: Yahoo Falls Loop
10:30 am - 04/21/2018

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Earn points towards your 2018 GO BIG patch by joining Park Rangers from the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and the Daniel Boone National Forest...

Big South Fork and Obed Parks Science Meeting

Big South Fork and Obed Parks Science Meeting
08:00 am - 04/18/2018

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Join us on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the Historic Rugby Visitor Center for our annual Science Meeting. You are invited to spend the day with scientists who...

Hike Stone Arches - Big South Fork National Recreation Area

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

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

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,...

GO Big 2018 Healthy Hike: Slave Falls

GO Big 2018 Healthy Hike: Slave Falls
10:00 am - 04/07/2018

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Tomorrow's GO Big Healthy Hike on Rock Creek Loop has been relocated! Due to the threat of freezing temperatures, snow, and sleet, we are moving the 7.1 mile back...

Reading Ranger program: Sheltowee Trace Trail Cleanup

Reading Ranger program: Sheltowee Trace Trail Cleanup
10:30 am - 03/24/2018

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Join us for a special Storytime and trail cleanup along the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the National Trail...

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...

GO Big Healthy Hike John Litton Farm Loop

GO Big Healthy Hike John Litton Farm Loop
10:00 am - 03/17/2018

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...

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 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....

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Yahoo Falls Loop

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Yahoo Falls Loop
11:00 am - 08/20/2017

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 Evening Ranger Program: "Bear Necessities"

Go Big 2017 Evening Ranger Program: "Bear Necessities"
07:00 pm - 08/19/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Join Ranger Riannon at the Bandy Creek campfire circle to learn about an animal that has captured the human fascination and imagination throughout history, the American...

GO BIG 2017: Blue Heron Campground Ranger Talk

GO BIG 2017: Blue Heron Campground Ranger Talk
07:00 pm - 08/19/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Earn points towards your 2017 GO Big patch and join a park ranger at the Blue Heron Campground on August 19th at 7:00 pm for our next Blue Heron campground program....

Reading Ranger at the McCreary County Library

Reading Ranger at the McCreary County Library
10:30 am - 08/19/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Join Park Rangers at the McCreary County Public Library for a fun children’s Storytime and Jr Ranger activity about the night sky at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August...

GO BIG Healthy Hike Oscar Blevins Farm Loop

GO BIG Healthy Hike Oscar Blevins Farm Loop
10:00 am - 08/19/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Join Ranger Leo at the trailhead parking lot just west of the campground on Bandy Creek Road for an easy 3.7 mile hike. We’ll explore this beautiful trail that...

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Dick Gap Overlook

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Dick Gap Overlook
02:30 pm - 08/16/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Earn points towards your 2017 GO Big patch by joining a Park Ranger Wednesday, August 16th at 2:30 pm (ET) on a moderate 3.2 round-trip hike up to Dick Gap overlook...

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Yahoo Falls Loop

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Yahoo Falls Loop
11:00 am - 08/13/2017

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: Blue Heron Campground Ranger Talk

GO BIG 2017: Blue Heron Campground Ranger Talk
07:00 pm - 08/12/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Earn points towards your 2017 GO Big patch and join a park ranger at the Blue Heron Campground on August 12th at 7:00 pm for our next Blue Heron campground program....

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Catawba Overlook

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Catawba Overlook
02:30 pm - 08/09/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Earn points towards your 2017 GO Big patch by joining a Park Ranger Wednesday, August 9th 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 - 08/06/2017

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...

Hog Wild

Hog Wild
07:00 pm - 08/05/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Are you curious about the wild hog and do you have questions about the danger they may cause? Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be conducting...

Go Big 2017 Ranger Program: Animals of the Big South Fork

Go Big 2017 Ranger Program: Animals of the Big South Fork
07:00 pm - 08/05/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is home to a diverse wildlife population. Earn points towards your #GOBig2017 patch by joining a park ranger...

GO BIG Healthy Hike No Business Trail

GO BIG Healthy Hike No Business Trail
10:00 am - 08/05/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Earn your GO BIG Challenge points when you join Ranger Mary Grimm at the Terry Cemetery parking lot for a moderate to strenuous 6 mile hike. We’ll explore this...

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Blue Heron Overlook Healthy Hike

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

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

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

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Yahoo Falls Loop

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Yahoo Falls Loop
11:00 am - 07/30/2017

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: Fascinating Snakes of the Big South Fork

GO BIG 2017: Fascinating Snakes of the Big South Fork
07:00 pm - 07/29/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Want to see a snake up close and learn all about how it survives in this rough terrain? Earn points towards your 2017 GO Big patch and join us on July 29th to learn...

Snake-Tacular

Snake-Tacular
07:00 pm - 07/29/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Want to see a snake up close and learn all about how it survives in this rough terrain? Enjoy an evening outdoors with Ranger Mary Grimm for an introduction to the...

Reading Ranger at the McCreary County Library

Reading Ranger at the McCreary County Library
10:30 am - 07/29/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Join Park Rangers at the McCreary County Public Library for a fun children’s Storytime and Jr Ranger activity about wildlife in the Big South Fork National River...

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Dick Gap Overlook

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Dick Gap Overlook
02:30 pm - 07/26/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Earn points towards your 2017 GO Big patch by joining a Park Ranger Wednesday, July 26th at 2:30 pm (ET) on a moderate 3.2 round-trip hike up to Dick Gap overlook...

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Yahoo Falls Loop

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Yahoo Falls Loop
11:00 am - 07/23/2017

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...

Night Sky Program

Night Sky Program
09:30 pm - 07/22/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Join rangers at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center Parking area as we gaze across the universe at the distant stars. Paul Lewis of University of Tennessee, along with...

Go Big 2017 Ranger Program: Animals of the Big South Fork

Go Big 2017 Ranger Program: Animals of the Big South Fork
07:00 pm - 07/22/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is home to a diverse wildlife population. Earn points towards your #GOBig2017 patch by joining a park ranger...

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Catawba Overlook

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Catawba Overlook
02:30 pm - 07/19/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Earn points towards your 2017 GO Big patch by joining a Park Ranger Wednesday, July 19th at 2:30 pm (ET) on a healthy hike along the Kentucky trail. We will travel...

Trail Safety with National Park Service Rangers

Trail Safety with National Park Service Rangers
06:00 pm - 07/18/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Come join National Park Service rangers for an evening program on trail safety. At this program, you will learn how to be trail-safe while hiking and horseback...

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Yahoo Falls Loop

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Yahoo Falls Loop
11:00 am - 07/16/2017

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...

Bandy Creek Evening Owl Prowl

Bandy Creek Evening Owl Prowl
09:00 pm - 07/15/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Join Ranger Mary Grimm at the Bandy Creek Amphitheater for a 15 minute safety briefing and presentation about the two most common owls in Big South Fork, the Barred...

GO BIG 2017: Leave No Trace evening program

GO BIG 2017: Leave No Trace evening program
07:00 pm - 07/15/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Earn points towards your 2017 GO Big patch by joining a Ranger for a Ranger program introducing the seven principals of the Leave No Trace program on Saturday July,...

GO BIG Challenge Healthy Hike: Twin Arches Loop

GO BIG Challenge Healthy Hike: Twin Arches Loop
10:00 am - 07/15/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Join Ranger Riannon at the Twin Arches trailhead parking lot for a moderate to strenuous 5.5 mile hike. This fabulous loop is rich in fascinating rock features...

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Dick Gap Overlook

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Dick Gap Overlook
02:30 pm - 07/05/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Earn points towards your 2017 GO Big patch by joining a Park Ranger Wednesday, July 5th at 2:30 pm (ET) on a moderate 3.2 round-trip hike up to Dick Gap overlook...

Blue Heron Evening hike to Devil’s Jump Overlook

Blue Heron Evening hike to Devil’s Jump Overlook
07:00 pm - 07/01/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Earn points towards your 2017 GO Big patch by joining a Ranger for an easy 1.5 mile walk on the Blue Heron Loop trail July 1st at 7:00 pm. Take in one of the best...

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Kentucky Trail

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Kentucky Trail
02:30 pm - 06/28/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Earn points towards your 2017 GO Big patch by joining a Park Ranger Wednesday, June 28st at 2:30 pm (ET) on a healthy hike along part of the Kentucky trail. Meet...

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Yahoo Falls Loop

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Yahoo Falls Loop
11:00 am - 06/25/2017

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...

Dark Sky Program

Dark Sky Program
09:30 pm - 06/24/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Join rangers at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center Parking area as we gaze across the universe at distant stars. Paul Lewis of the University of Tennessee, along with...

Reading Ranger: Split Bow Arch

Reading Ranger: Split Bow Arch
10:30 am - 06/24/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Park rangers from the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will celebrate National Great Outdoors month by reading children’s books about camping...

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Devil’s Jump Overlook

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Devil’s Jump Overlook
02:30 pm - 06/21/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Earn points towards your 2017 GO Big patch by joining a park ranger Wednesday, June 21, at 2:30 p.m. (ET) on a healthy hike along part of the Blue Heron loop trail....

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Yahoo Falls Loop

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Yahoo Falls Loop
11:00 am - 06/18/2017

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 Healthy Hike: Blue Heron Loop

GO Big 2017 Healthy Hike: Blue Heron Loop
02:30 pm - 06/14/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Earn points towards your 2017 GO Big patch by joining a Park Ranger Wednesday, June 14th at 2:30 pm (ET) on a healthy hike on the Blue Heron loop trail. Meet at...

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Yahoo Falls Loop

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Yahoo Falls Loop
11:00 am - 06/11/2017

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 Healthy Hike: Yahoo Falls Loop

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Yahoo Falls Loop
11:00 am - 06/04/2017

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 Challenge Cemetery Chat

GO BIG Challenge Cemetery Chat
07:00 pm - 06/03/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Join a park ranger at the Katie Blevins Cemetery for a one hour presentation on the history of the cemetery and the settlers who are laid to rest there. Listen...

GO BIG Healthy Hike Angel Falls Overlook

GO BIG Healthy Hike Angel Falls Overlook
10:00 am - 06/03/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Join Ranger Bill at Leatherwood Ford parking lot for a moderate to strenuous 6 mile hike. Enjoy this diverse trail that meanders along the free flowing Big South...

Bandy Creek Bug Crawl

Bandy Creek Bug Crawl
07:00 pm - 05/27/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Join us at the Bandy Creek campfire circle where you will gain first-hand experience into the fascinating world of familiar, and some not so common, critters that...

Blue Heron Decoration Day

Blue Heron Decoration Day
12:00 pm - 05/20/2017

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,...

Intro to Sup Clinic

Intro to Sup Clinic
03:00 pm - 05/19/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

We are going to host this weekend long intro to Sup class on sections of the Big South Fork! We will be camping at the Bandy Creek Campground. Two nights of...

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike Honey Creek Loop

GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike Honey Creek Loop
09:00 am - 05/13/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Join a ranger at the Honey Creek Loop Trail Head parking lot for a strenuous 5.7 mile hike. Honey Creek Loop holds some of Big South Fork's most rugged terrain,...

Reading Ranger: World Water Day

Reading Ranger: World Water Day
10:30 am - 03/25/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

In celebration of World Water Day, a park ranger from the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will read children’s books about protecting rivers...

Yamacraw River and Trail cleanup

Yamacraw River and Trail cleanup
09:00 am - 03/25/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Join us on Saturday, March 25th for a Trail and River Cleanup along the Sheltowee Trace National Recreational Trail, between the historic K&T Heritage Trail Bridge...

GO BIG Healthy Hike Fall Branch Falls & John Litton Farm

GO BIG Healthy Hike Fall Branch Falls & John Litton Farm
10:00 am - 03/18/2017

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Meet Ranger Mary 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...

Centennial Challenge Celebration

Centennial Challenge Celebration
10:00 am - 12/10/2016

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Join us at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center to celebrate the culmination of the year long event Centennial Challenge: 100 Miles for 100 Years. The program will take...

Equestrian Ride With a Ranger

Equestrian Ride With a Ranger
10:00 am - 11/12/2016

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Join Ranger Mary Grimm at Upper Burke Fields on Hwy 297 for a 12 mile easy ride along Coyle Branch and White Oak Creek to O & W Bridge. Horses are not provided...

Haunting in the Hills Storytelling Festival

Haunting in the Hills Storytelling Festival
09:00 am - 09/17/2016

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Make plans now to join thousands of folks who will come to the Bandy Creek Field and enjoy the beautiful Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area for a...

Blue Heron Ghost Train Event

Blue Heron Ghost Train Event
07:00 pm - 09/10/2016

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

The annual Blue Heron Ghost Train is sponsored by Big South Fork in operation with the Big South Fork Scenic Railway, McCreary County Library, and the McCreary County...

Kentucky Premiere of Park Movie "Generations"

Kentucky Premiere of Park Movie "Generations"
04:30 pm - 09/10/2016

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area announces the Kentucky premiere of its new park movie, Generations, on Saturday, September 10, at 4:30 p.m. (ET)...

Generations Movie Premiere

Generations Movie Premiere
06:30 pm - 08/27/2016

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area announces the premiere of its new park movie Generations on Saturday August 27, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. (ET) at Bandy...

Centennial Challenge: 100 Miles for 100 Years Healthy Hike: Oscar Blevins Loop

Centennial Challenge: 100 Miles for 100 Years Healthy Hike: Oscar Blevins Loop
09:00 am - 08/06/2016

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Get out and explore the national park in YOUR backyard, Big South Fork! In celebration of the National Park Service’s centennial birthday, Big South Fork NRRA...

Animals of the Big South Fork

Animals of the Big South Fork
07:00 pm - 07/30/2016

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is home to a diverse wildlife population. Join a park ranger at the Blue Heron Campground on July 30 at 7 p.m....

Reading Ranger Program

Reading Ranger Program
10:30 am - 07/30/2016

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Join a park ranger for a fun children's story time program and craft activity about the night sky! This event is free and open to the public. All children must...

Blue Heron Guided Hike

Blue Heron Guided Hike
02:30 pm - 07/27/2016

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Join a park ranger on a guided walk around the Blue Heron outdoor museum. Learn about Blue Heron's history as an early 1900s coal mining camp to the present day...

Creatures of the Night Hike

Creatures of the Night Hike
08:30 pm - 07/23/2016

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Experiencing nature at night can be fun and exciting. At night, different animals are awake and the world is full of sounds and smells that are much different than...

A Walk Through Time

A Walk Through Time
02:30 pm - 07/20/2016

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Blue Heron was developed in 1937 as a coal mining camp for the Stearns Coal and Lumber Company. Join a park ranger on Wednesday, July 20, at 2:30 p.m. (ET) and go...

Healthy Hike to Yahoo Falls

Healthy Hike to Yahoo Falls
11:00 am - 07/17/2016

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Join a park ranger on a one hour guided hike to Kentucky’s largest waterfall, Yahoo Falls. The hike begins at 11:00 a.m. (ET) on July 17 at the Yahoo Falls parking...

Go with the Flow!

Go with the Flow!
07:00 pm - 07/16/2016

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area has a rich history intertwined with its equally rich natural beauty. Join a park ranger to learn how the land...

Bandy Creek Pool Opens for 2016

Bandy Creek Pool Opens for 2016
12:00 pm - 05/28/2016

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

The pool will be open on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays from noon to 6 pm ET. Daily use fees are based on age. The pool may be reserved from Monday through Friday...

Blue Heron Decoration Day

Blue Heron Decoration Day
12:00 pm - 05/07/2016

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

This event 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...

Blue Heron Decoration Day

Blue Heron Decoration Day
12:00 pm - 05/07/2016

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,...

Annual Spring Planting & Music Festival

Annual Spring Planting & Music Festival
09:00 pm - 04/30/2016

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Spring, a time for new beginnings and growth. For many mountain families it was also a time to begin their planting of crops, vegetable gardens and livestock production....

Spring Planting and Music Festival

Spring Planting and Music Festival
09:00 am - 04/30/2016

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Spring, a time for new beginnings and growth. For many mountain families it was also a time to begin their planting of crops, vegetable gardens and livestock production....

BSF Centennial Challenge: Longfield Branch Trail to Boyatt

BSF Centennial Challenge: Longfield Branch Trail to Boyatt
10:00 am - 04/23/2016

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

April 23 Longfield Branch Trail to Boyatt Distance: 2 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Join a park ranger at Terry Cemetery Trailhead. Go back in time as learn...

Big South Fork and Obed Parks Science Meeting

Big South Fork and Obed Parks Science Meeting
08:00 am - 04/20/2016

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial and National Parks Week, the National Park Service will be hosting a science meeting on Wednesday, April 20,...

Big Water Rafting #2

Big Water Rafting #2
09:00 am - 04/10/2016

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

“That was amazing!” you yell as as the raft reaches the calm pool at the bottom of the class IV rapid, Washing Machine. You gasp for breath with a huge smile...

BSF Centennial Challenge: Ledbetter Trail-Kentucky Trail

BSF Centennial Challenge: Ledbetter Trail-Kentucky Trail
10:00 am - 04/09/2016

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

April 9 Ledbetter Trail-Kentucky Trail Distance: 3.3 Miles Difficulty: Easy Join a park ranger at Ledbetter Trailhead. During this hike, we will cross over to...

Mountain Bike Day Trip to Big South Fork National Recreation Area

Mountain Bike Day Trip to Big South Fork National Recreation Area
08:00 am - 04/02/2016

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

"This is an amazing view. How far down do you think that rapid is?” The Falls Branch overlook, where you're standing on a huge rock cliff, overlooks the Big...

BSF Centennial Challenge: Blue Heron Loop

BSF Centennial Challenge: Blue Heron Loop
10:00 am - 03/26/2016

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

March 12 Blue Heron Loop Distance: 6.4 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Join a park ranger at Blue Heron Overlook parking lot at the end of Overlook Road just off...

BSF Centennial Challenge: Split Bow Arch and Bear Creek Overlook

BSF Centennial Challenge: Split Bow Arch and Bear Creek Overlook
10:00 am - 03/12/2016

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

March 26 Split Bow Arch and Bear Creek Overlook Distance: 1.2 Miles Difficulty: Easy Join a park ranger at Split Bow Arch parking lot on Bear Creek Road off...

BSF Centennial Challenge: John Litton Farm Trail to Fall Branch Waterfall

BSF Centennial Challenge: John Litton Farm Trail to Fall Branch Waterfall
10:00 am - 02/27/2016

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

February 27 John Litton Farm Trail to Fall Branch Waterfall Distance: 4 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Join a park ranger at Bandy Creek Trailhead (swimming...

Mountain Bike Day Trip

Mountain Bike Day Trip
08:00 am - 02/27/2016

At Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

“Ohh. I’m so glad that the sign is there! I almost rode down the rock,” exclaimed Jamie with a look of awe on her face, leaving unsaid that she might have...

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