Hike of the week: Slave Falls

Distance: 3.8 miles Elevation gain: 150 ft. Difficulty: Easy Trailhead: Sawmill As the Twenty Week Hiking Challenge hits its halfway mark, it travels back to Divide Road on the western side of the...

Hike of the Week: Pogue Creek Canyon

Distance: 1.7 miles (loop) Elevation gain: 267 ft.. Difficulty: Easy Trailhead: Pogue Creek Pogue Creek Canyon has been in the state’s hands for more than a decade, but it’s still brand-new as state...

'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...

BSF offers ranger-led hike at Burnt Mill

BANDY CREEK — Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area will be conducting a healthy hike along the Burnt Mill Bridge Loop Trail on Saturday, Aug. 26, at...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Hike of the Week: Maude’s Crack

Distance: 2.4 miles (in-and-out) Elevation gain: 279 ft. Difficulty: Easy Trailhead: Terry Cemetery Beginning and ending at Terry Cemetery off Divide Road in the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, Maude’s...

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...

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