The Big South Fork National Recreation Area encompasses a total area of 125,310 acres of land that spreads across the two states of Tennessee (northeastern section of the state) and Kentucky (southeastern section of the state). The park was declared a national recreation area on May 7, 1974, and is managed by the National Park Service.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was charged with the significant task of land acquisition, planning and development of facilities before they handed over management to the National Park Service because the corps has had experience in managing river basins. Several routes can be used to access the recreational area in all directions.
That said, the main routes include, using the Interstate 75 northbound then taking TN 63 west to US 27, and then driving along the 27 north to Oneida and connecting to TN 297 west into the park. Visitors traveling from the north, you could also drive southbound on Interstate 75 and take KY 461 south to KY 80 before taking the KY80 west to US 27. Use the US 27 and go south to Oneida and follow TN 297 west into the park.
If you are traveling in the east-west direction, use the Interstate 40 and again find your way to Oneida and follow TN 297 west into the park. Several different activities can be enjoyed at the free-flowing tributaries of the Big South Fork River and the Cumberland River and its beautiful environs surrounded by 90 miles of picturesque gorges and valleys that have a wide range of natural and historical features.
Some of these activities include hiking, camping, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, swimming, fishing, canoeing, hunting, kayaking, and mountain biking. Visitors to Big South Fork National Recreation Area can also bring their dogs to join in on the fun and relaxation. That said, dog owners should ensure that their dogs are always leashed and that their dog’s do not access areas of the park that are restricted.