Exploring Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

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Along the Kentucky-Tennessee border lies the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, an outstanding destination for paddling, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, camping, and horseback riding. From scenic overlooks and exotic flora to historic towns and thrilling white-water adventures, this area offers something for everyone.This guidebook shows you where to go and what to do to get the most out of your time in the Big South Fork. You'll find: outdoor activities to suit all fitness levels; ...

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Overview

Along the Kentucky-Tennessee border lies the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, an outstanding destination for paddling, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, camping, and horseback riding. From scenic overlooks and exotic flora to historic towns and thrilling white-water adventures, this area offers something for everyone.This guidebook shows you where to go and what to do to get the most out of your time in the Big South Fork. You'll find: outdoor activities to suit all fitness levels; information on the area's history, geology, and ecology; detailed trail maps and directions; zero-impact tips. (6 x 9, 352 pages, b&w photos, maps)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762710904
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Series: Falcon Guides Exploring Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Todd Campbell and Kym Rouse Campbell are biologists and ecologists with a passion for the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. They live in Maryville, Tennessee.

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Table of Contents

Preface viii
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction to the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area 1
Creation of a National River and Recreation Area 1
The Geology of the Big South Fork 3
History of the People and Their Effects on the Big South Fork NRRA 6
Ecology of the Big South Fork Area 11
Habitats and Species in the Big South Fork NRRA 13
How to Use This Book 18
The Basics 23
How to Get Here 23
Local Directions 24
Weather 38
Safety and Etiquette on Land and Water 39
History of the Charit Creek Lodge and Area Towns 48
Charit Creek Lodge 48
Historic Rugby 50
Historic Stearns, Barthell, Blue Heron Mine, and the Big South Fork Scenic Railway 51
Camping and Horses 54
Supplies and Essentials 54
Special Equestrian Campgrounds 56
Bandy Creek Stables 56
Other Permitted Horseback Riding Outfitters 57
Yahoo Falls and Alum Ford Areas
1. Yahoo Falls Scenic Area Trails 58
2. Alum-Yahoo Loop 62
Blue Heron Area
3. Blue Heron Overlook Trail 70
4. Devil's Jump Overlook 72
5. Blue Heron Loop 74
6. Dick Gap Overlook Trail 79
Bear Creek Area
7. Bear Creek Overlook Trail and Split Bow Arch Loop 81
8. Bear Creek-Lee Hollow Loop 84
Slavens Branch Area
9. Cotton Patch Loop 91
Station Camp Area
10. Pilot-Wines Loop 96
11. Big Island Loop 102
12. River Trail East 110
Divide Road Area
13. Rock Creek Loop 115
14. Middle Creek Loop 120
15. Slave Falls Loop 124
16. Twin Arches Loop 131
17. Laurel Fork Trail 140
18. Maude's Crack Trail 146
19. Longfield Branch-No Business Trails 150
20. Gobblers Knob Trail 153
21. Hatfield Ridge-Station Camp Creek Loop 158
22. Charit Creek Lodge Access Trails 164
23. The Kentucky Trail (KT) 168
Bandy Creek and West Entrance Areas
24. Bandy Creek Campground Loop 178
25. Oscar Blevins Farm Loop 181
26. John Litton Farm Loop and Fall Branch Trail 186
27. West Entrance Trails 191
28. Katie-Jacks Ridge-Bypass-Duncan Loop 194
29. Duncan Hollow-Station Camp-Black House Branch Loop 200
30. North White Oak Loop and Overlook 208
31. Groom-Gernt-Coyle Loop 216
32. Leatherwood Overlook Trail 223
33. Duncan Hollow Bike Loop 228
34. Collier Ridge Bike Loop 231
35. West Bandy Creek Bike Trail 236
Leatherwood Ford and East Rim Areas
36. Leatherwood Ford Boardwalks 239
37. Angel Falls Trail 242
38. Angel Falls Overlook Trail 246
39. Grand Gap Loop 251
40. Leatherwood Ford Loop 255
41. East Rim Overlook Trail 261
42. Sunset Overlook Trail 262
43. The John Muir Trail (JMT) 264
44. The O&W Railroad Grade 278
Mt. Helen, Honey Creek, and Rugby Areas
45. The Confluence Trail 287
46. Honey Creek Loop 289
47. Burnt Mill Bridge Loop 296
48. Meeting of the Waters Loop 299
Floating the Big South Fork and Its Tributaries
49. White-water Rafting in the Upper Gorge 310
50. Canoe Camping in the Lower Gorge 314
Picnicking, Swimming, Fishing, and Hunting Adventures 323
Rock Climbing and Rappelling Adventures 326
Appendix Important Addresses, Phone Numbers, and Web Sites 328
Bibliography 333
About the Authors 336
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