Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Williamsburg

#36 of 60 in Nature in Kentucky
National Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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. In addition, the former mining community of Blue Heron 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Very cool place lots of trails, overlooks, etc.. Devil's cave not an actual advertised park feature but kinda cool. You will need to descend some rock features with a knotted rope about 10-12 ft. high but not too bad Ask around I don't want to blow this place up by posting the info on Google reviews. Also check out the Twin Arches loop trail...just an amazing site to visit. And finally Maude's crack, descend into a crack about 2-3 feet wide by walking backward while gripping a rope, it comes out on the bottom about 60ft. lower than where you started. It's about a mile hike from the parking area. All three of these areas are about 1/2 hour to 40 minutes apart, we did all three in a couple hours. Really a very cool area.
  • Another America's Great Idea. Had never been here before . A gorgeous place to see. Worth the drive from Florida. I love the Mountains. So peaceful here. Only here Birds chirping and water running in distant. Lots of campsites. Bikers are plentiful. Have Fun

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