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Spring Planting Festival is a step back in time

ONEIDA, Tenn. — Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be hosting the 17th annual Spring Planting and Music Festival on Saturday, April 29, 2017, near the Bandy Creek Visitor Center.  The festival celebrates the coming of spring and the Appalachian way of life that has been such an important part of the [...]

By | 2017-04-12T13:34:08+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Spring Planting Festival is a step back in time

O&W Bridge reopens

ONEIDA, Tenn. — The newly renovated O&W Bridge across the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River has reopened. The historic bridge, located in the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, spans the river from which the 125,000-acre national park draws its name. It is more than a century old, and was once a [...]

By | 2017-04-12T13:29:15+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on O&W Bridge reopens

Hiking challenge explores BSF and the Cumberlands

For the second time in three years, an Oneida newspaper is challenging residents and visitors of Big South Fork Country to get out and explore the region's spectacular places by traveling where their feet will take them. The Independent Herald's Twenty Week Hiking Challenge tackles a new trail each week, totaling nearly 90 miles over [...]

By | 2017-04-12T13:14:40+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Hiking challenge explores BSF and the Cumberlands

Lee Brice to headline White Knuckle

HUNTSVILLE, Tenn. — Country music heartthrob Lee Brice will headline the 2017 White Knuckle Event, it was announced late Tuesday. Brimstone announced on its Facebook page Tuesday that Brice will be the featured performer at the weekend-long event, which is held each Memorial Day weekend. Brice will take the Yamaha stage on Saturday, May 27. [...]

By | 2017-02-08T18:49:45+00:00 February 8th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Lee Brice to headline White Knuckle

How Bronco Overlook got its name

Step out onto the unprotected outcropping at Bronco Overlook and you’ll be treated to one of the most spectacular views in the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. You’ll see the craggy rock outcroppings that stand sentry over the mouth of Mill Creek, a rugged drainage that serves as a watershed for much [...]

By | 2017-02-08T18:29:33+00:00 February 8th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on How Bronco Overlook got its name

Update: Improvements to be made to O&W Bridge

Improvements are coming to the historic O&W Railroad Bridge in the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. The Scott County Chamber of Commerce announced in July 2016 that it has received grant funding through a tourism grant to fund a $97,000 project to replace all timbers on the century-old bridge. The grant was [...]

By | 2017-01-03T20:34:24+00:00 January 3rd, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Update: Improvements to be made to O&W Bridge

Winter sights await at Grand Gap Loop

Stand on the edge of the cliffs that line the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and a few of the small streams flowing into it between Leatherwood Ford and Station Camp, and it isn’t hard to imagine the Cherokee Indians that once inhabited these lands before the white man arrived standing on the [...]

By | 2017-01-03T20:14:26+00:00 January 3rd, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Winter sights await at Grand Gap Loop

Mountain biking: BSF to host ‘Mail Run’ on New Year’s Day

Oneida, Tenn. — Every New Year’s Day the Big South Fork invites all mountain bikers to ride the Big South Fork at an annual event called “The Mail Run”.  Bikers meet at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at 10 a.m. (ET), Sunday, January 1, and then hit the trails.  The ride is traditionally called the Mail Run [...]

By | 2016-12-28T16:48:10+00:00 December 28th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Mountain biking: BSF to host ‘Mail Run’ on New Year’s Day

Five quick ins-and-outs for winter

ONEIDA, Tenn. — Winter is upon us in Big South Fork Country. And with it comes cold air. Let's face it: hard-core adventure types might love to paddle and hike in colder weather, but for most of us, the warm heater in our vehicle is hard to leave when the temperatures drop into the 30s, the [...]

By | 2016-12-15T03:43:30+00:00 December 15th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Five quick ins-and-outs for winter

Chimney Rock fire fully contained

BANDY CREEK — A wildfire that has been burning for 11 days in the Station Camp area of the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area is expected to be fully contained by Tuesday afternoon. The National Park Service said Tuesday morning that Monday's high winds — which sparked devastating wildfires in Sevier County — [...]

By | 2016-11-30T16:45:06+00:00 November 30th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Chimney Rock fire fully contained