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Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

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Address: , Oneida, TN
Phone Number: 423-286-7275
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Activities: Driving, Camping, Hiking, Canoeing, Fishing, Kayaking
Description: A 90-mile stretch of riverside park through scenic valleys and gorges...
A 90-mile stretch of riverside park through scenic valleys and gorges: great for canoeing and kayaking.
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Wish I Hadn't Had An Injured Leg....

We wish we had found Big South Fork a bit earlier in the year, as I had an injured leg, and we just picked the area out because it wasn't too far from home. We chose a cabin to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Bakersville, North Carolina
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Bakersville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We wish we had found Big South Fork a bit earlier in the year, as I had an injured leg, and we just picked the area out because it wasn't too far from home. We chose a cabin to stay at, and when we got there, we were amazed to find that the area was so perfect for all the... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

After years of living within a few hours and wanting to go here I finally got around to visiting for a long weekend in mid-August. I suspected I would regret that I never had made time to visit Big South Fork but I didn't know how much I would regret it. We rented a 25 foot RV, the smallest we... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015 via mobile

Everyone in the area is extremely helpful and nice. Gave out directions after we couldn't find our destination. Easy access to park areas. Good trails.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We camped for 3 days at Blue Heron Campground. Good facility with clean shower house, hosts were very nice & campsites were roomy. There was water @ each site which was nice. The bear box would have been a little small for all three sites but we were the only ones on our loop so it wasn't a problem. Downside... More 

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Rochester MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We hiked the Cumberland Gap trail last spring, which wore us out. The mix of moderate to intense effort was perfect. This is a wild trail system with some challenges. Those with a fear of heights should likely seek out another trail. This included some ladders, rock stairsteps, clifs and some low areas that seemed tropical. Excellent seclsion forthose looking... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Big South Fork is a recreation area. Visitors can hike, fish, hunt, mountain bike and paddle. I was there to research my forthcoming book, Forests, Alligators, Battlefields: My journey through the National Parks of the South. The trails are well-marked and up to national park standards. The most fascinating area was Blue Heron mine, a coal mine community which operated... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

What a great hike! It starts out very easy. After you go around Ford Branch, the switchbacks start and up the hill you go. You start at the river level and within a mile you have breathtaking views of the river. (see photo) A must hike if you are in the area. One caution: Lots of trees down on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We did 4 days hike in the woods of Big South Fork. Great views, a lot to do, rangers were very friendly and helpful at the visitor center. A must do if you like the outdoors.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We visited this spot in March - unfortuantely right after an ice storm and just prior to most things being open for the season... We found the distance to be more appealing (versus going to Gatlinburg) and really no crowds or touristy things at all. We enjoyed our stay - hiked, geocached, visited spots in TN and KY. However, it... More 

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Oneida, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

If you want to experience breathtaking beauty without all the traffic and hoopla of Gatlinburg, the Big South Fork is an adventure you don't need to pass up. Hiking, 4-wheeling, rafting, fishing, and southern hospitality will beckon you to visit again and again. Be sure to include the Big South Fork Scenic Railway in your adventure as it goes into... More 

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