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Early summer hikes in the Big South Fork

ONEIDA, Tenn. — Truthfully, there is no bad time to hike the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. With hundreds of miles of footpaths spread throughout 125,000 acres of wilderness, the BSF is truly a park for all seasons. But hiking this section of the northern Cumberland Plateau is near its best during [...]

By | 2017-05-11T01:29:37+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Early summer hikes in the Big South Fork

Featured Hike: John Muir to O&W

The Independent Herald's Twenty Week Hiking Challenge continues with a 4.6-mile hike from Leatherwood Ford to the O&W Bridge and back, along the John Muir Trail in the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. The trail features 100 ft. of elevation gain and is rated moderate. The newspaper features a hike each week [...]

By | 2017-05-10T16:39:58+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Featured Hike: John Muir to O&W

Saturday is Spring Planting Festival at Big South Fork

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, 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 history of [...]

By | 2017-04-27T13:39:32+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Saturday is Spring Planting Festival at Big South Fork

Car show set for Saturday

ONEIDA, Tenn. — The Boys & Girls Club of the Cumberland Plateau will host an antique car show Saturday, April 22, 2017. The show will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 1 p.m. The registration fee for all automobiles and motorcycles is $10. A free dash plaque will be presented to the first 25 cars, [...]

By | 2017-04-19T01:29:58+00:00 April 19th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Car show set for Saturday

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