Get outdoors and take part in the celebration for National Public Lands Day 2016, with Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area and Obed Wild & Scenic River on Saturday, September 24. One night of free camping has been authorized at Alum Ford Campground (Big South Fork) and Rock Creek Campground (Obed) as well as for all backcountry permits.
Alum Ford Campground
Located at Big South Fork, this campground offers a serene camping experience near the edge of the Big South Fork River on the Kentucky side of the park. There are six campsites with grills, picnic tables, and lantern hooks as well as accessible vault toilets. The Sheltowee Trace Trail also passes through this campground.
Rock Creek Campground
Located at Obed, this campground offers riverside camping spots near the spectacular Emory River. There are 11 campsites with grills, picnic tables, and vault toilet. The campground also connects with the Emory River Nature Trail and the Cumberland Trail.
National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event in which eight federal agencies as well as other groups partner together to maintain and protect the environment. More information can be found at www.publiclandsday.org.
For further information on the parks, call Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275, or Obed Wild and Scenic River Visitor Center at (423) 346-6294
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