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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: Canoeing, Fishing, Kayaking, Driving, Camping, Hiking
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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Beautiful area with lots of things to do

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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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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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Big South Fork is a beautiful area with geologically interesting features and clear water. We got a late start today and went for a relatively short (3 mile) hike. It was in the 40's when we started, and by the time we got back to the car, temperatures were in the 30's. Nonetheless I found a tick crawling on me... More 

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Jackson, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

The Honey Creek Loop was such a challenging trail! Climbing up ropes; hiking through a creekbed; up and down... A lot of fun, even though the trail was not marked the best. Had to really search for signs at times. An enjoyable hike, nonetheless.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

There are miles of great trails with overlooks, caves, rock ledges, arches and a river running through it. The camping areas are very well kept and monitored by park rangers. The group camping loops have clean restroom and shower facilities with heat and warm water. There is also a huge screened porch-like pavilion with a fireplace on each group loop.... More 

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Address: Oneida, TN
Phone Number: 423-286-7275
Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Oneida
Open Hours:
Monday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

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