Though the river is the main attraction of Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area on the Tennessee-Kentucky border, horseback riding is a very popular way to explore and enjoy the landscape.
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
Every New Year's Day the Big South Fork Bike Club invites all mountain bikers to ride the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area at an annual event called "The Mail Run." Bikers meet at Bandy Creek Visitor Center at 9 a.m. (ET), January 1, and then hit the trails.
First there was Utah's "Mighty Five" campaign to encourage you to visit all the national parks in the Beehive State. Now Kentucky is offering its "Parks Pentathlon" to nudge you to visit the state's five National Park System sites.
Essential Spring Guide '15: Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, Mammoth Cave National Park, Big South Fork National River And Recreation Area
Spring is a lovely time for a visit to the Cumberland Mountains. On rocky slopes up high the Catawba rhododendron blooms. The Painted Trillium, spring beauty, and red buds burst forth from their dormancy in all of their beauty. Take a few days to fill your eyes with beauty, your soul with history, and your body with adventure.
Long-distance hikers, and even weekend warriors, in middle America can thank the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service for rebuilding the Lick Creek Bridge on the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail that runs 319 miles from Morehead, Kentucky, south into the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Tennessee.
I recently received an invitation to sleep in a log cabin. Not something new and swanky, mind you. Instead, my imagination was sparked because this cabin was built in 1817, around the time Davy Crockett was earning his reputation as a frontiersman, storyteller, and politician.
For many, fall conjures images of blizzards of golden leaves, the eerie bugles of bull elk, and the first crisp, possibly snow-dusted, days of year’s end. For the northern half of the country these are the realities of the National Park System. There are the breathtaking days of hiking, watching wildlife on the move, and even tasting the season in the bounties of wild berries and other fruits.
Rivers run fast and tumbling throughout the National Park System, there are streams with lazy meanders, and placid lakes perfect for dipping a paddle. This diversity poses a delightful dilemma when you have the urge to float and paddle. What follows is just a sampling of the experiences that await you, whether you have hundreds of watery miles under your paddle, or are looking for calm waters to take your youngsters.
Lovers of Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Kentucky and Tennessee can give back while enjoying the park by volunteering to help maintain a favorite trail there.
Not too many units of the National Park System allow hunting within their borders, but Big South Fork National River and Recreation along the Tennessee-Kentucky line is one that does. And come Saturday a hog hunting season, which runs through February, will kick off in the park.