Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

4564 Leatherwood Road
Oneida, TN - 37841

Type: Parks
(423) 286-7275

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The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, situated on the border of Tennessee and Kentucky, is a breathtaking expanse of rugged wilderness, scenic gorges, and pristine waterways. Established in 1974, this national park unit encompasses over 125,000 acres of protected land along the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries. Renowned for its stunning natural beauty and diverse recreational opportunities, the park attracts outdoor enthusiasts year-round.

The centerpiece of the Big South Fork is its namesake river, which winds its way through deep canyons and towering sandstone cliffs, creating a dramatic landscape that is ideal for hiking, camping, and whitewater rafting. The park offers over 150 miles of hiking trails, ranging from easy strolls to challenging backcountry treks, allowing visitors to explore the area's unique geology, flora, and fauna. Popular trails include the John Muir Trail, which offers stunning views of the river gorge, and the Twin Arches Loop, which passes beneath the largest sandstone arches east of the Mississippi River.

In addition to hiking, the Big South Fork provides opportunities for rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, and fishing. The park's extensive network of campgrounds, backcountry campsites, and rustic cabins makes it an ideal destination for overnight stays, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the tranquility of the wilderness. The Big South Fork is also a designated International Dark Sky Park, making it a prime spot for stargazing and astrophotography.

Throughout the year, the park hosts a variety of interpretive programs, guided hikes, and special events that highlight the area's cultural and natural heritage. From the thundering waterfalls of Yahoo Falls to the historic mining town of Blue Heron, the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area offers endless opportunities for exploration and adventure in one of the most beautiful and rugged landscapes in the eastern United States.

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