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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

Campfires banned in Scott County

ONEIDA, Tenn. — Hunters, hikers and campers should be aware that open-air burning, including campfires, have been temporarily banned in Scott County. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced on Monday, Nov. 14, that all open-air fires have been banned in Scott County and 50 other counties in Middle Tennessee and East Tennessee. The reason for the [...]

By | 2016-11-17T02:40:16+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Campfires banned in Scott County

BSF plans Centennial Challenge celebration on Dec. 10

ONEIDA, Tenn. — The Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area will host a ceremony to celebrate those who completed the 100-mile Centennial Challenge on Saturday, Dec. 10. The event will be held at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center and will begin at 2 p.m. The Centennial Challenge has been a year-long celebration of the [...]

By | 2016-11-17T02:30:15+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on BSF plans Centennial Challenge celebration on Dec. 10

Whitetail deer season underway in Scott County

ONEIDA, Tenn. — Picture this: a frosty autumn morning, the sun peeking over a distant mountaintop and casting its warming glow on the forest floor, the peaceful serenity of a Cumberland Plateau daybreak. As the first of the frost begins to melt from the golden-leafed white oaks and maples, sending dew drops falling to the ground [...]

By | 2016-11-10T16:08:20+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Whitetail deer season underway in Scott County

Journeying to Scott’s highest peak

From its base, Guinea Hill Knob isn’t that impressive. In fact, because of dense vegetation and its relatively low prominence, you can’t really see Guinea Hill Knob at all until you’re directly upon it. But once you’ve climbed to the top, the beauty is jaw-dropping. At an elevation of more than 3,250 feet above sea [...]

By | 2016-10-05T14:25:48+00:00 October 5th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Journeying to Scott’s highest peak

Five fall hikes

It’s little wonder the busiest time of year in the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area is autumn. The Big South Fork is special in any season, but it’s this time of year — October and early November — when the national park really comes into its own. You might say that autumn [...]

By | 2016-10-05T14:17:21+00:00 October 5th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Five fall hikes

Haunting in the Hills is Saturday

BANDY CREEK, Tenn. — The 24th Annual Haunting in the Hills Storytelling Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 17.  Events begin at 9:30 a.m., with live music and educational programs and continue throughout the day until the highlight of the event with our featured storytellers telling exciting and entertaining stories from 7-10 p.m. Featured story [...]

By | 2016-09-15T16:16:40+00:00 September 15th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Haunting in the Hills is Saturday