Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries pass
through 90 miles of scenic gorges and valleys containing a wide
range of natural and historic features. The area offers a broad
range of recreational opportunities including camping, whitewater
rafting, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain
biking, hunting and fishing.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with its experience in managing
river basins, was charged with land acquisition, planning and
development of facilities. Now completed, these lands and facilities
are operated and maintained by the National Park Service for the
benefit and use of the public.
BSFN River & Recreation Area Planning Guide
C. York State Historic Park
Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park, located in Pall Mall,
Tennessee, pays tribute to Sgt. Alvin C. York, the backwoods marksman
from the mountains of Tennessee who became one of the most decorated
soldiers of World War I. York's fame rose from his legendary exploits
on October 8, 1918 in the Argonne Forest in France. Leading a
small patrol, York was sent out to eliminate flanking machine
gun fire that was halting the advance of his regiment. York found
himself alone opposing a German machine gun unit. With rifle and
pistol he engaged the enemy. The fight ended with more than twenty
Germans dead. Then, the other one hundred and thirty-two soldiers,
including four officers and thirty-five machine guns, became discouraged
and surrendered to York and six of his comrades. For that he was
decorated with a dozen metals, including the Congressional Medal
of Honor and the French Croix de Guerre. He has been honored by
a 10-foot statue on the grounds of the State Capitol in Nashville,
and his medals and trophies may be seen at the Tennessee State
Museum. Google Maps directions to Alvin C. York State Historic Park from Tom T. Hall Cabin.
the train leaves Stearns, it travels down into the Big South Fork
River Valley away from civilization, along roaring mountain streams,
through a tunnel and along steep cliff sides. Initially skirting
National Forest Service lands, it finally enters the Big South
Fork National River & Recreation Area just below Barthell.
While rolling through this remote wilderness, it's easy to believe
that you're transported a century back in time, viewing the same
rugged timberlands that greeted the loggers when they arrived
at the turn of the 20th century. The train stops at Barthell Mining
Camp, a completely rebuilt mining camp representing the first
coal camp established by the Stearns Coal & Lumber Company
in 1902. Owned and operated by K.B.M.T., Inc., Barthell offers
cabins for rent as well. Call 1-888-550-5748 for more information
After hugging the hillsides, the train finally settles into the
floor of the river valley, crossing the mouth of Roaring Paunch
Creek before entering the Blue Heron Interpretive Site. Along
the way, you can see the wild flowers in bloom, rugged rock faces
that gave the slogan "Route of the Painted Rocks" to
the predecessor Kentucky & Tennessee Railway, and maybe even
a deer or black bear. Google Maps directions to Big South Fork Scenic Railway from Tom T. Hall Cabin.
in a remote section of the upper Cumberland Mountains, the 17,372-acre
Pickett State Park and Forest possess a combination of scenic,
botanical and geological wonders found nowhere else in Tennessee.
Of particular interest are the uncommon rock formations, natural
bridges, numerous caves and remains of ancient Indian occupation.
Some say Pickett is second only to the Great Smoky Mountains
in botanical diversity. The park is adjacent to the massive
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, with more
than 100,000 acres of prime wilderness country. Directions to Pickett State Park from Tom T. Hall Cabin.
25 years experience, Southeast Pack Trips, Inc. is the outfitter
for families, campers, hunters, and fishermen.
the trail boss. We have everything you need for a horseback riding
adventure in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation
us help you customize an unforgettable excursion into the scenic
mountains of the Cumberland Plateau. Our reputation has been built
on meeting the expectations of our clients - tell us what you
want to do and we will deliver.
provide everything from gentle horses and pack animals to food
and camping gear. Google Maps directions from Tom T. Hall SouthEast Pack Trips, Jamestown, TN
Hollow State Park
Opened in 1997, this park's posh resort lodge takes advantage
of a spectacular setting to present a first-class vacation experience.
Built of wood and stone, the lodge and dining room sit above a
28,000-acre lake and at the edge of 3,400 acres of unspoiled wilderness.
Dale Hollow Lake's clear, clean waters have encouraged a national
reputation for fishing quality, and boaters delight in the lake's
many coves. Scuba divers love to explore submerged landscapes.
Abundant wildlife and miles of riding, biking and hiking trails
encourage outdoor activity. Google Maps directions to Dale Hollow State Park from Tom T. Hall Cabin.
Manor, an authentic English Tudor winery, rises out of the thick
woodland in the heart of Tennessee's wild Cumberland Plateau.
Behind massive mahogany doors, the wine cellar provides cool refuge
from the intense summer sun. The air, tinged with a sweet, fruity
perfume, beckons the visitor to stay a while and enjoy the unexpected
charms of the Highland Manor Winery near Jamestown and Rugby Tennessee. Google Maps Directions from Tom T. Hall Cabin to Highland Manor Winery.
South Fork Ranch Decor
250 S. Main Street
Oneida, Tennessee 37841
Ph: 800-914-9298, or 423-569-5598
Paula Blankenship and Sherry Lambert's store is located in the heart of the Big South Fork in the beautiful town of Oneida Tennessee. They are a full service interior design and furniture center specializing in western and rustic interiors.
Services include:Whitewater rafting -
Spring - Big South Fork
Summer - Cumberland Below the Falls
Fall - Russell Fork
Spring, early Summer - Cumberland above the Falls
Spring, Summer, Fall - Big South Fork
Kayak Instruction Shuttle Services
Cumberland Star River Boat
Camp-Inns and Campsites Located about 10 miles west
of I-75 off of Exits 15 and 25 in southern KY. They are on
the main road leading to Cumberland Falls, just 5 miles east of
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. Their home base borders the
Daniel Boone National Forest and offers visitors an excellent location
from which to base outdoor adventures.
Heron Mining Community located 9 miles west of Stearns, Kentucky,
on Hwy 742. Blue Heron, or Mine 18, is an abandoned coal mining
town. It was a part of the Stearns Coal and Lumber Company's past
operation in what today is the Big South Fork National River and
Recreation Area, a unit of the National Park Service. Most of what
we know about life at Blue Heron, and the other Stearns coal towns,
has been handed down by oral history.
Blue Heron mine operated from 1937 until December, 1962, when it
closed. During that time, hundreds of people lived and worked in
the isolated community on the banks of the Big South Fork River.
Their story is the focus of this interpretive tour of the Blue Heron
Community. Google Maps directions to Blue Heron Mining Comunity from Tom T. Hall Cabin.
Off Road Amusement
Brimstone Recreation, LLC manages and promotes the recreational use of over 19,196 acres nestled in the remote wilds of Northeast Tennessee and located in the Heart of Appalachia. We offer outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to explore the untamed wilderness of the Appalachian Mountains while enjoying a wide array of recreational activities. 21 miles south of Tom T. Hall Cabin.
Google Maps directions to Brimstone Recreation, 2860 Baker Highway, Huntsville, TN, from Tom T. Hall Cabin.
Cumberland Safari Adventure Tours [CSAT] is a provider for Off-road Tours through the Cumberland Plateau. CSAT offers day trips, horseback rides, river rafting, hiking, camping, hunting, and shooting through their local friends and associated companies. 21 miles south of Tom T. Hall Cabin.
Google Maps directions to Cumberland Safari Adventure Tours, Huntsville, TN, look for Thompson's Yamaha from Tom T. Hall Cabin.
stands still at Rugby, Tennessee - the restored Victorian village
founded in 1880 by British author and social reformer, Thomas Hughes.
It was to be a cooperative, class-free, agricultural community for
younger sons of English gentry and others wishing to start life
anew in America. At its peak, some 350 people lived in the colony.
More than 70 buildings of Victorian design graced the East Tennessee
Utopia survives today as both living community and a fascinating
historic site, unspoiled by modern development. Twenty original
buildings still stand at the southern edge of the Big South Fork
National Park, surrounded by rugged river gorges. Google Maps directions from Tom T. Hall Cabin to Rugby, TN
in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, the Daniel Boone National
Forest [DBNF] encompasses over 700,000 acres of land. This land is generally
rugged and characterized by steep forested ridges, narrow valleys,
and over 3,400 miles of cliffline. The forest contains two large
lakes (Cave Run Lake and Laurel River Lake), many rivers and streams,
two wilderness areas, and the 269-mile Sheltowee Trace National
Recreation Trail that extends across the length of the forest. Abundant
wildlife, lush vegetation, magnificent scenery, and numerous recreation
opportunities offer visitors much to enjoy.
The DBNF is one of the most heavily used
forests in the South, with over 5 million visitors annually. People
come here to backpack, camp, picnic, rockclimb, boat, hunt, fish,
ride and relax. Directions to DBNF Natural Arch Scenic Area from Tom T. Hall Cabin.
Download PDF - DBNF Natural Arch Loop Trail #510.
Museum was opened in the late 1960s with one log building, the General
Bunch House, on a two-acre plot. Now it has grown to 65 acres, including
dozens of authentic log structures, a large Display Building, and
extensive Craft and Gift (and Antique) Shop, a Restaurant, the Mountain
Heritage Room, the popular Appalachian Hall of Fame Building, the
People's Building, and over a quarter million items.
It was my intention not to develop a cold, formal, lifeless "museum."
Rather, I have aimed for the "lived-in" look, striving
for, above all else, authenticity. It was my goal to make the Bunch
House, the Arnwine Cabin, and all the other dwellings appear as
though the family had just strolled down to the spring to fetch
the daily supply of water.
Creek Lodge, located deep in the Big South Fork National River
and Recreation Area, is only accessible by horseback, foot or
mountain bike. Well-maintained hiking and horse trails lead you
through interesting and beautiful places on your way to the lodge.