Hike of the week: Hazard Cave

Distance: 2.4 miles Elevation gain: 179 ft. Difficulty: Easy Trailhead: Hazard Cave Think of Pickett State Park as the old side of the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. Pickett — officially,...

Hike of the week: Frozen Head

From a perch high on the southern slope of Old Mac Mountain, the song of a wood thrush echoes through the tree tops as the small bird stays keenly...

Hike of the week: Parch Corn Creek

Distance: 7.1 miles Elevation gain: 510 ft. Difficulty: Strenuous Trailhead: Duncan Hollow Some of the Twenty Week Hiking Challenge hikes have featured overlooks, some waterfalls and some spectacular rock formations. This week’s hike...

Hike of the week: Blue Heron Loop

Distance: 6.4 miles Elevation gain: 640 ft. Difficulty: Moderate Trailhead: Blue Heron When it comes to under-rated hiking trails in the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, there may be none...

Hike of the Week: Gentlemen’s Swimming Hole

Distance: 2.1 miles Elevation gain: 240 ft. Difficulty: Moderate Trailhead: Historic Rugby Participants of the Twenty Week Hiking Challenge who have sweated out hikes to Hurricane Ridge, Angel Falls Overlook and along the Leatherwood Loop Trail the...

A step-by-step guide to Hurricane Ridge hike

The Hurricane Ridge hike is the destination of Week 14 of the Twenty Week Hiking Challenge. At 5.6 miles, the hike is rated strenuous due to a step hill...

Hike of the week: Hurricane Ridge

Distance: 5.6 miles Elevation gain: 570 ft. Difficulty: Strenuous Trailhead: O&W Bridge NOTE: This hike includes several unsigned turns. Please print our side-by-side illustrated guide by clicking here, and use it on your...

Big South Fork’s mysterious Chi Rho

On a rock outcropping overlooking the Big South Fork River east of Oneida is an elaborate carving that at least closely resembles an early Greek symbol of Jesus Christ. But...

Hike of the week: Angel Falls Overlook

Distance: 5.8 miles Elevation gain: 600 ft. Difficulty: Difficult Trailhead: Leatherwood When it comes to spectacular vantage points, there are several along the rim of the gorge encasing the Big South Fork River...

Black bear cubs seen alone might not be orphaned

That black bear cub that you see alone near your home might not really be orphaned. That's the message from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, which is providing guidance to...

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