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Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Oneida, TN
423-286-7275
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Ranked #1 of 9 Attractions in Oneida
Type: National Parks, Parks, Bodies of Water
Activities: Kayaking, Driving, Camping, Hiking, Canoeing, Fishing
Description: A 90-mile stretch of riverside park through scenic valleys and gorges: great for canoeing and kayaking.
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English first
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

They tell us the locals don't want this to get around but we found it and it's a lovely remote area. Quiet and great camping and nice hiking trails. In Sept. enjoy the music and story telling festival, lots of fun but that weekend and holiday weekends are the only time you might find a lot of people here.

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

There are not too many people that seem to visit this place. Went July 24th and 25th. Looked like a ghost town and a little creepy. Guess people thought it was too hot to hike, trail ride or camp. Temperatures were not bad at all.

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Elgin, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Have been going here since I was a child. My father was born at the site of Jakes Place, he was his grandfather. We hiked it may times before it even became a Park. It is beautiful! I hated to see some of the damage done to the area by hikers and campers. I miss the old chimney, which was... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I have lived in Kentucky my entire life and visited the BSFNRRA for the the first time recently. All I can say is WOW. I had no idea there was a place like this in the beautiful Bluegrass State. The gorges, arches and waterfalls are just a few of the attractions of this gorgeous area. We camped and stayed mostly... More

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Coweta, Oklahoma, United States
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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Stayed at Saddle Valley Campground east of Jamestown and rode five days in Big South Fork. Well maintained horse trails and about 180 miles of trails. Lots of wildlife. Very pretty and serene. Check out Wildcat Den, North White Oak River, Yellow Face, Charit Creek Lodge, etc.

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Evensville
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

While visiting my husband's cousin in Robbins, Tennessee we decided to drive 30 minutes more and take our daughter to Big South Fork. Our daughter had never been there. While we enjoyed looking and the beautiful mountains and the river running between them, my husband enjoyed fishing. We had a beautiful day the sun was shining and it was 82... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The Daniel Boone National Forest spans north and south across Kentucky, narrowing to a small triangular area on the border into Tennessee, known as the "Big South Fork" (National River and Recreation Area). This area condenses a lot of the attractions of the entire forest, up through Kentucky, into a small, accessible area. Due to the BSFNRRA's (heh) remote location,... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

I camped in a group site at Bandy Creek recently. What a GREAT pavilion and clean private bath houses for groups! This is much nicer than many private campgrounds I have stayed at. My group hiked Twin Arches Loop and a short hike to a cave. Very nice windflowers and features on these trails. We saw people rafting the Obed... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

The nicest place to trail rides & camping I love riding the trails and crossing the creeks to get to bandy creek and the food is great and what I love most no electricity just good ole lanterns sitting on porch listening to the creek in front of cabin and all in the cabin it bunks & a ole timey... More

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Cincinnati, OH
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Please, don't tell anyone about this area, it's a well-kept secret. It is truly stunning, equal to the Red River Gorge area of Kentucky, and also the Smoky Mts. The hills are not quite as high as the Smokies, but you don't have to tolerate the thousands of visitors, eitiher. You can actually stand at on overlook and be all... More

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