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Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

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Sprawling across approximately 125,000 acres in north central Tennessee and southeastern Kentucky, this National Park Service site protects the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries and includes some of the most rugged terrain of the Cumberland Plateau. Wild and scenic, Big South Fork is a place to take in impressive sandstone cliffs, arches, and chimneys; beautiful vistas of woods and water; and a wide variety of plant and animal habitats. Outdoor recreation is abundant here, whether you hike, hunt, or fish; take a ride on the Big South Fork Scenic Railway; or explore Blue Heron Mining Community, an outdoor museum that tells the story of life in a 1950s coal company town.

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Big South Fork Web site.