Hike of the week: Angel Falls

Distance: 3.48 miles (in-and-out) Elevation gain: 72 ft. Difficulty: Easy Trailhead: Leatherwood Ford It is the most popular hiking trail in the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. In fact, Angel Falls...

BSF visitation increases in 2016

BANDY CREEK — Visitation to the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area continues to increase, the national park announced last week. The BSF recorded 684,715 visits in 2016,...

Hike of the Week: Fall Branch Falls

Distance: 4.4 miles (in-and-out) Elevation gain: 284 ft. Difficulty: Moderate Trailhead: Bandy Creek Swimming Pool The showcase of the John Litton Farm Loop Trail in the Big South Fork National River & Recreation...

BSF's Blount receives top award

if( function_exists('ADDTOANY_SHARE_SAVE_KIT') ) { ADDTOANY_SHARE_SAVE_KIT(); } The National Park Service’s Southeastern Regional Office has awarded Tom Blount the region’s top award for natural resource management for 2012. Tom is the...

Fee hike proposed for Bandy Creek group camps

BANDY CREEK — The Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area is proposing a fee increase for the group campgrounds at Bandy Creek, the park announced Wednesday. Citing an...

'White-nose syndrome' a threat to local bat colonies

Even as state and federal agencies expand efforts to slow its spread, white-nose syndrome in bats is spreading at an alarming rate and quickly approaching the Big South Fork...

Johnson City man dies in BSF accident

ROBBINS — A 25-year-old Johnson City man died late Sunday from injuries he sustained a day earlier in a near-drowning accident in the Big South Fork National River &...

Preliminary work begins on JMT connector

The segments of the John Muir Trail at Honey Creek and Leatherwood will soon become one. The Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area has begun preliminary work on...

Back Yard: The scenic route from Leatherwood to Bandy

  By car, the drive from the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area’s headquarters at Leatherwood to the Bandy Creek Campground on the opposite side of the gorge...

BSF to waive fees to celebrate MLK Day

BANDY CREEK — Since 1986, the third Monday in January has been designated as a federal holiday to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist minister, Nobel Peace Prize...

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