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...

Hike of the week: Leatherwood Loop

Distance: 3.6 miles Elevation gain: 550 ft. Difficulty: Moderate Trailhead: East Rim At 3.6 miles in length, Leatherwood Loop is far from the longest hiking trail that is included in the Twenty Week...

Hike of the Week: Honey Creek Loop

Distance: 5.5 miles Elevation gain: 900 ft. Difficulty: Difficult Trailhead: Honey Creek If visitors are going to drive to the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area to hike just one trail,...

Report: Local tourism revenue still growing

Tourist activity generated $11.13 million in Scott County in 2015, according to a newly-released study by the Tennessee Hospitality & Tourism Association. That number reflects money that was generated by...

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: John Muir to O&W

Distance: 4.6 miles Elevation gain: 100 ft. Difficulty: Moderate Trailhead: Leatherwood Most people who hike the John Muir Trail, the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area’s long-distance trail that honors the...

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