Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

Just minutes away, the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (Oneida, TN, 423-286-7275) offers miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs right in your backyard. Encompassing 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries offer opportunities for whitewater rafting, kayaking, hiking, big and small game hunting, fishing, and a variety of camping amenities. With over 180 miles of equestrian trails you can access many of the area\'s scenic features, including the remote Charit Creek Lodge.

This area is also rich in historic features. You can spend a day exploring the abandoned Blue Heron Mining Community and hear the stories of former residents in this ghost community from over forty years ago.

From leisurely day hikes to rugged multi-day adventures, you will have the opportunity to explore one of the most important archaeological sites in the SE, and observe rare species of threatened and endangered plants and animals. The rich natural and historic features of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will also provide endless opportunities for unique photographs and star-gazing in pure darkness.

Other outdoor areas and activities are close by.

Other Recreation Areas

Stables and Horse Boarding

Oneida, TN

Airpark Stables are an upscale public boarding facility designed for people who expect nothing less than the best for their horses. Airpark Stables adjoins the Big South Fork Airpark and will work in conjunction with the Airpark to provide top quality care and consideration for both horse and rider.


Daniel Boone National Forest

Winchester, KY (859) 745-3100

Daniel Boone National Forest sits along the Cumberland Plateau in the Appalachian Foothills. The forest has 707,000 acres of mostly rugged terrain, 3,400 miles of sandstone cliffs, and 600 miles of trails great for backpacking, camping, and picnicking. The forest also offers rock climbing, boating, hunting, fishing, bird watching, geocaching and caving.


Pickett State Park

Jamestown, TN (931) 879-5821

Pickett State Park offers scenic botanical and geological wonders found nowhere else in Tennessee. There are also many uncommon rock formations, natural bridges, numerous caves, and ancient Indian occupation remains. Also available are, camping, picnicking, swimming, hiking, hunting, and fishing in 15 acre Arch Lake, as well as, archery, tennis courts, volleyball, basketball, playgrounds, and scenic drives.
Cove Lake State Park
Caryville, TN (423) 566-9701


Cove Lake State Park

Cove Lake is 673 acres that sits on the edge of the Cumberland Mountains. This park has miles of scenic hiking trails, biking trails, and is great for boating, swimming, hunting and camping. Also, in the winter, Canadian Geese make this park their feeding ground.

Obed Wild and Scenic River

Wartburg, TN (423) 346-6294

Thirty miles south of the Big South Fork Airpark on Highway 27 sits the Obed Wild and Scenic River. The river and surrounding areas look now just as they did in the 1700’s due to poor farming soil. The Obed Wild and Scenic River provides fishing, hiking, great sandstone rock climbing, boulder climbing, and is the source of one of the best whitewater rivers in the Eastern United States.

Big South Fork Scenic Railway

Stearns, KY (606) 376-5330

Come ride the 16-mile historic Kentucky & Tennessee Railway. Known as the \"Route of the Painted Rocks,\" and today preserved by the Daniel Boone National Forest and Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, this ride is full of spectacular vistas, lush vegetation and free flowing mountain streams as it descends 600 feet into the river gorge.


Brimstone Recreation Area

Huntsville, TN 1-800-BRIMSTONE

A company that promotes and offers recreational adventures in 125,000 acres of NE Tennessee. Including the use of ATV\'s, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, and bird watching.


Stonehenge Golf Club

Fairfield Glade, TN (931) 484-3731

This world class, par 72 championship golf course designed by renowned architect Joe Lee is the #1 resort course in TN. The Stonehenge Golf Club also boasts a beautiful clubhouse, Pro Shop, bar and restaurant.


New River Scenic Railway

Huntsville, TN (423) 663-8899

The New River Scenic Railway is one of the first railways in the US with a \"Green Train\" that runs on bio-diesel fuel. Take a ride up the New River Valley through thousands of acres of wilderness in the Cumberland Plateau.


Sheltowee Trace Outfitters

Whitley City, KY 1-800-541-RAFT

Sheltowee Trace Outfitters offers whitewater rafting, canoeing, climbing walls, camp inns, campsites, and the Cumberland Star Riverboat. The rafting trip will take you down the Cumberland Falls and class III rapids such as the Center Rock and Surfing Rapids.


Dale Hollow Lake

Celina, TN

Dale Hollow Lake holds the world record for the largest small mouth bass and the Tennessee state record for largest lake trout. The lake also offers fishing, camping, kayaking, hiking, hunting, log cabin rentals and ski boat rentals.