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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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Coweta, Oklahoma, United States
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48 reviews 48 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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18 reviews 18 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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140 reviews 140 reviews
43 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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
28 helpful votes 28 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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knoxville
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The fall colors rival the Smokey Mtns, to go to the overlooks when a blanket of snow is on the trees is beautiful, summer brings cool breezes along the river banks. I new this land before it became a national park. It is beautiful. The natural arches, the chimney rocks, devils jump, just to name a few of the things... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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72 reviews 72 reviews
37 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

By using the book listed below (which can be purchased from Amazon), you have the theme for a wonderful family vacation or couple's vacation. We visit these arches every year. Not all are in Big South Fork. Some are in next-door Pickett State Park and Daniel Boone National Forest. WOW!! You can usually have these arches to yourself because they... More

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Pensacola, Florida
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193 reviews 193 reviews
185 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We only had a day, so it was difficult to enjoy this park. The better trails required driving quite a bit to reach the trailhead. We did the shorter (4 mile total) Angel Falls trail and was disappointed in the build-up since Angel Falls wasn't much more than some large rocks in the river. Camping was excellent with big sites,... More

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Bokeelia, Florida
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

We spent a month at this park and were amazed by the abundance of wildlife. The first day we were there, we saw deer, turkey and fox. Unfortunately, we didn't see bears. But that didn't matter as there was so much to see and do. All the rangers were more than helpful. They were friendly, knowledgeable and no one gave... More

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