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Straddling the border of North Carolina and Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park packs scenic punch as America’s most visited national park. Hikers traverse over 800 miles of trails across lush, forest-covered mountains that give the region its name. Outdoor adventures from horseback riding to fishing abound while the small towns like Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge offer Southern hospitality, music, and family fun. The natural beauty, pioneer history, and down-home charm make the Smokies a quintessential mountain escape in the American South.

Katie Blevins Cemetery, Big South Fork NRRA, Tennessee

Big South Fork’s Historic Katie Blevins Cemetery

Located on what used to be one of the main roads between Oneida and Jamestown, the Katie Blevins Cemetery contains the graves of some of the first European families to call the region home. Now located on National Park Service land, the location is honored every year during the annual Decoration Day event.
Path on John Litton Farm Loop Trail, Big South Fork, Tennessee | Photo Credit: Violet Sky Adventures

Experience Nature and History on the John Litton Farm Loop Trail

Embark on a scenic trail that leads to one of the most significant historic sites in Big South Fork NRRA. The John Litton Farm Loop Trail winds through the forest past some amazing rock formations, several waterfalls and finally arrives at the Litton-Slaven Historic Farmstead. With moderate difficulty, the trail is worth the adventure if you have the time to explore some of Big South Fork’s natural beauty.
Yahoo Falls, Big South Fork NRRA, Kentucky | Photo Credit: Violet Sky Adventures

Explore Yahoo Falls, Kentucky’s Tallest Waterfall, and Nearby Arch

Not only is Yahoo Falls known for being the highest waterfall in all of Kentucky, it also nearby lies the significant Yahoo Arch. These two landmarks are a popular attraction in the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. After a moderate hike, visitors to the falls and arch will be overwhelmed by the natural beauty that surrounds them. The trails take visitors on an amazing adventure into the wilderness of Kentucky to see several waterfalls, rock formations, a natural arch, streams and even rockhouses!
Sunsphere, Knoxville, Tennessee

Visit the Sunsphere, Knoxville’s Golden Globe in the Sky

Take an elevator up to the 4th Floor Observation Deck inside Knoxville's most iconic building. A landmark left behind from the 1982 World's Fair, the Sunsphere stands tall as a popular sight among the city skyline. From the 360-degree observation deck, visitors can see for miles around, from the winding path of the Tennessee River to the rugged landscape of the Smoky Mountains. Embark on a journey to discover the history of this famous structure and snap a few photos inside the golden glass sphere!
Ozone Falls, Rockwood, Tennessee

Witness Ozone Falls, A Crown Jewel of Tennessee’s State Natural Areas

One of Tennessee's most visited waterfalls, Ozone Falls is nestled within a 43-acre state natural area filled with rock houses, nature trails and photo worthy scenes. This Cumberland County landmark invites travelers to take a short detour off I-40 to explore the majestic beauty of the falls. Visitors can expect a moderate hike to the base of the falls for some amazing views of this natural landmark.

Where to Stay in Big South Fork

If you are looking to escape the city and wake up each morning to the smell of fresh air, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area may just be the place for you. With five campgrounds located right within the park, there are several options for you to decide what spot is best for you and your adventures. From wilderness backcountry sites to modern campgrounds, Big South Fork is filled with some amazing places to spend the night!
Bandy Creek Campground, Big South Fork NRRA, Tennessee | Photo Credit: Violet Sky Adventures

Things to Know About Camping in Bandy Creek

If you are looking to explore the beautiful wilderness of Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area but want a place close to all the major attractions, Bandy Creek Campground is one of the most popular options! This modern campground offers water and electric hookups for campers as well as a bathhouse, camp store and even a visitor center. Unlike most National Park Service campgrounds, you will find a large swimming pool and hiking trails that are accessible just steps away from the camping area.
Litton-Slaven Historic Farmstead, Big South Fork NRRA, Tennessee

Go Off the Beaten Path to Discover the Litton-Slaven Historic Farmstead

One of a few historic sites located within Big South Fork NRRA, the Litton-Slaven Farmstead is one of the best examples of an early Cumberland Plateau farm. Visitors to the farm will learn all about the early settlers of this land and how subsistence farming kept them thriving in such a remote wilderness. See the historic buildings and the left-over landmarks that have been preserved for several decades.
Lora Blevins Historic Farmstead, Big South Fork NRRA, Tennessee

Lora Blevins Historic Farmstead

There are only four preserved homestead sites within the entirety of Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. The Lora Blevins Historic Farmstead happens to be one of those sites. While the years...
Miner's Circle, Rocky Top, Tennessee

Visit the Miner’s Circle Remembering Fraterville’s Infamous Disaster

This solemn landmark stands in a historic cemetery nestled in the mountains of Tennessee. Located behind a church, it not only marks the final resting place of 184 miners who were tragically killed in one of the worst mining disasters to ever happen in America, but is dedicated in their honor to remember the loss that occurred. Surrounding the towering monument at the center of Miner's Circle are the headstones of those miners who lost their lives that fateful day.

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