A hiker is pictured at No Tell Falls, located off-trail near the John Muir Trail in the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area | Photo: Sarah Dunlap

Hiking challenge leads visitors on great hikes

Posted on April 24th, 2021 | © DiscoverScott.com | All rights reserved

Explore In-Depth: Hiking in the Big South Fork

ONEIDA, Tenn. — The Twenty Week Hiking Challenge is underway, challenging visitors to the Big South Fork region to partake on 20 exciting week of hiking adventures.

The challenge, presented by the Independent Herald, encourages local residents and visitors alike to complete 20 hikes, ranging in length and difficulty, in as many weeks to promote physical fitness and exploration of the Big South Fork region.

The newspaper presents a new hike each week, and while many are in the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, the challenge encompasses many public areas surrounding the BSF, including the Daniel Boone National Forest, Pickett State Park, Colditz Cove State Natural Area, Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area, Frozen Head State Park and the Obed Wild & Scenic River.

The challenge is self-guided and self-paced. Participants log their miles by posting photos from the hike on social media with the hashtag #20WeekHikingChallenge. Prizes are presented each week. The Scott County Chamber of Commerce is one of the hiking challenge partners, giving away a Trails Illustrated map of the Big South Fork each week.

The challenge began in March and is currently six weeks in. A new hike is presented each week at ihoneida.com/twenty-week-hiking-challenge.