Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Williamsburg

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The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, commonly known as Big South Fork, preserves the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries in northeastern Tennessee and southeastern Kentucky.

Within it are reminders of the time when the area was subjected to logging and mining expansion. The community of No Business was located by No Business Creek in Tennessee; first settled in 1796, it had been abandoned by late 1960. In addition, the former mining community of Blue Heron, Kentucky is preserved and interpreted via signage.

The Big South Fork region contains one of the highest concentrations of natural bridges in the eastern United States and the area is located in parts of Scott, Fentress, Pickett, and Morgan counties in Tennessee, and McCreary County in Kentucky. Charit Creek Lodge is a wilderness lodge, accessible by trail, located within the park.
The Big South Fork was also legally designated a Kentucky Wild River by the Kentucky General Assembly through the Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves' Wild Rivers Program.

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  • After a visit to Yahoo Falls, we parked at Yamacraw Bridge at Big South Fork NRRA to hike to the waterfalls on Lick Creek. Sheltowee Trace Trail follows the river about a mile to Lick Creek. Right.....  more
    After a visit to Yahoo Falls, we parked at Yamacraw Bridge at Big South Fork NRRA to hike to the waterfalls on Lick Creek. Sheltowee Trace Trail follows the river about a mile to Lick Creek. Right.....  more »
  • Awesome ... Campground has plenty of different size lots, with electric & water clean and quiet or campfire tent camping. This park is wonderful for horseback riders, hikers and mountain bicycling... 
    Awesome ... Campground has plenty of different size lots, with electric & water clean and quiet or campfire tent camping. This park is wonderful for horseback riders, hikers and mountain bicycling...  more »
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  • Big South Fork is absolutely beautiful, wild and assessable to the hiker and fun for motorcyclist. Fun curves to ride around, places to hike. Angel falls is breathtakingly beautiful along the river and falls. My father walked the trails with me into his mid 80s and my aunt too! Wild flowers in spring, beautiful colors in fall leaves. Worth the trip. Find a cabin, tent or camper and come on down.
  • Id live there if I Could.

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