Oneida and Wartburg, Tennessee: Get outdoors and take part in the celebration for National Public Lands Day 2015 with the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and the Obed Wild and Scenic River on Saturday, September 26. One night of free camping has been authorized at the Alum Ford Campground (Big South Fork) and Rock Creek Campground (Obed) as well as for all backcountry permits.
Alum Ford Campground, located on the Big South Fork, offers a serene camping experience near the edge of the Big South Fork River on the Kentucky side of the park. There are six campsites with grills, picnic tables, and lantern hooks as well as accessible vault toilets. The Sheltowee Trace Trail also passes through this campground.
Rock Creek Campground, located on the Obed, offers riverside camping spots near the spectacular Emory River. There are eleven campsites with grills, picnic tables, and lantern hooks as well as a brand new vault toilet facility. The campground also connects with the Emory River Nature Trail and the Cumberland Trail.
National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event in which eight federal agencies as well as other groups partner together to maintain and protect the environment. More information can be found at www.publiclandsday.org.
For further information on the parks, call the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275 or the Obed Wild and Scenic River Visitor Center at (423) 346-6294.