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BIG SOUTH FORK NATIONAL RIVER AND RECREATION AREA
Located in northeast Tennessee and extending into southeast Kentucky, this National River and Recreation Area features the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River, which runs through a rugged cliff-lined gorge, along with several tributaries. Other scenery includes sandstone arches and caves.
Activities: The river is very popular for whitewater canoeing, kayaking, and rafting. Commercial rafting outfits offer trips on the river.
Over 100 miles of trails are available for backpacking and hiking, including a section of the 257-mile Sheltowee Trace Trail (see entry page 160).
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Difficulty varies from easy to strenuous.
Horseback riding is allowed on trails, and horses may be rented in the park. Fishing is possible along the river and streams, and hunting is permitted in season.
Camping Regulations: Backcountry camping is allowed throughout the area, except where posted otherwise. No permits are required. Campfires may be built, but it's suggested that a stove be used for cooking.
For Further Information: Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, P.O. Drawer 630, Oneida, TN 37841.