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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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Big South Fork Hike

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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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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Jamestown, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Wow!! The walk is not for the faint of heart. It's a five mile hike to get to this place. There are hills,rocks, and snakes in the hills! Honestly, it is so peaceful and serene. There is a log fence on the property and I do plan on returning to get more fall pics.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

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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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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