Oneida, Tennessee: Get out and explore the national park in YOUR backyard, Big South Fork! In celebration of the National Park Service’s centennial birthday, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be conducting a healthy hike along the Blue Heron Loop on Saturday, March 26, at 10:00 a.m. (ET). Join Ranger Mary Grimm at the Blue Heron Overlook parking lot at the end of Overlook Road just off Kentucky 742 for a moderate 6.4 mile hike. This all day hike is packed with cultural history about the Blue Heron Mine and community, a climb through “Cracks-in-the-Rocks”, scenic views of Big South Fork River gorge and Devils Jump rapid, the tranquil sound of hiking along the river bottom, as well as possible sneak peaks at early spring wildflowers! This trail is a hiker’s paradise! Please wear weather appropriate clothing and bring water, snacks, and lunch. Hikers are encouraged to bring well-behaved dogs; however, leashes are required.
Join Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in the Centennial Challenge: 100 Miles for 100 Years as we create recreational activities which promote health and fitness and provide you with opportunities to create priceless memories when discovering national parks. Visitors are encouraged to download the activity log sheet at http://www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/centennial-challenge.htm and track their miles. For more information or directions to the trail head, please contact the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275.