Big South Fork National Recreation Area Trails

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Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area— Blue Heron Campground :: Stearns, KY

Blue Heron Campground is one of four campgrounds that make up the Big South Fork NRRA. It is on the Kentucky side and is popular with locals. The campground combines the experience of traditional woods camping with the modern conveniences of flush to

Twin Arches Loop with Charit Creek Lodge at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area :: Oneida, TN

This hike is one of the premier hikes of the Big South Fork River and Recreation Area. The shorter of the two loops visits two of the biggest natural arches in the eastern United States. The longer loop winds around down to Charit Creek Lodge, then c

Fall Branch Falls of the Big South Fork :: Oneida, TN

This fun hike is a highlight of Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Begin at the outdoor hub of Bandy Creek, complete with visitor center and campground. Delve into the Fall Branch canyon. Hike beside dusky bluffs cloaked in pine, heml

Jamestown and Rugby, Tennessee :: Jamestown, TN

The area is a beautiful place to enjoy the outdoors, with places to visit such as Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Pickett State Park, and nearby Dale Hollow Lake, which is a paradise for fishing, boating, and water sports. Today,

Yahoo Falls Overnight Loop :: Whitley City, KY

This section of the Trace travels the stretch of the Big South Fork River corridor in which where the river is impounded as part of Lake Cumberland, passing a trail shelter and old homesite before entering the Yahoo Falls Scenic Area, the northernmos

Norris and Big South Fork Area Campgrounds :: Caryville, TN

Norris, Tennessee, started out as a planned community for the workers constructing Norris Dam. The original town plan was adopted from England’s garden city movement of the 1890s—the buildings and houses were built on smaller lots with large open ar

Yahoo Falls :: Whitley City, KY

Kentucky’s highest waterfall, a 70-foot-wide natural arch, and a walk along Big South Fork are included on this hike through a part of the Big South Fork Recreation Area. This hike starts and ends in the Daniel Boone National Forest, but most of the

Great Meadow Campground :: Stearns, KY

Breing near the end of a dead-end road can have its advantages. Take Great Meadow Campground, deep in the valley of Rock Creek, a Kentucky Wild River with the scenery to match its designation—its clear water cuts between Laurel Ridge and Backbone Rid

Blue Heron Campground :: Strunk, KY

Blue Heron Campground is a well-kept campground in the middle of the rugged Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (BSFNRRA). Here you can enjoy the bluffs, forests, and waterways of this Kentucky treasure and return to your refuge amid a

Sheltowee Trace: Southern Terminus to Yamacraw :: Jamestown, TN

This section of the Trace offers spectacular natural features amid everywhere-you-look beauty. From the very beginning, at Pickett State Park, the Sheltowee Trace starts with a bang. Within one mile, the ST passes a waterfall, an arch, and a rockhous

Rock Creek Loop :: Oneida, TN

The Rock Creek Loop follows a railroad grade for much of its length, making a squeeze through a cliff-line break that will leave you wondering how a steam engine once passed through. But your eyes will also focus on the beauty of the Massey Branch

Big South Fork Gorge of the Cumberland River (Kentucky): Leatherwood Ford to KY 97 :: Whitley City, KY

Flowing out of Scott County (TN), the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River flows north through McCreary County (KY) before emptying into Lake Cumberland. One of the most popular canoe camping runs in the southeastern United States, the Big South Fo

Sheltowee Trace: Yamacraw to Cumberland Falls :: Whitley City, KY

This Trace section travels in the Big South Fork River corridor, where the waterway is impounded as part of Lake Cumberland, passing a trail shelter and old homesite before entering the Yahoo Falls Scenic Area, the northernmost end of the Big South F