What's Happening at Big South Fork

Spring Activities at the Airpark

April 15th, 2014

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Hiking— Hundreds of miles of trails greet hikers in the Big South Fork NRRA.

Biking — Mountain biking is an expanding sport in the Big South Fork NRRA.

Horseback Riding — From the Big South Fork NRRA to the North Cumberland WMA, equestrian riders will find expansive trail-riding opportunities.

ATV Riding — Brimstone and the North Cumberland WMA are recognized as a couple of the top ATV destinations in the nation.

Whitewater Rafting — The Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries are one of the top whitewater destinations in the Southeast.

Fishing — Smallmouth, musky and walleye await in the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River.

Hunting — Hunt deer, turkey, elk and wild boar in Scott County.

Wildlife Viewing— Elk, black bear, bald eagles and warbler songbirds are among the wildlife found in Scott County.

The Rogers break ground on their new hangar!

April 10th, 2014

photoKarl and Connie Rogers have broken ground for their new Taxiway hangar . The hangar will have two bi-fold doors, siding and stacked stone to match the house and a carousel built into the floor to turn their airplane inside the hangar. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Donald at chris@carolinacontractorsinc.com.

You are invited to our Spring Party – May 24th!

April 10th, 2014

newsletterJoin us this weekend for a party to enjoy the nice weather and have some fun.  There will be music, food and a great time! Must RSVP, please contact Bill Armstrong for more information.

Please let us know if you need directions or help with travel arrangements. We look forward to seeing everyone this weekend. More Information

Ground Breaking at Homesite 47

April 8th, 2014

unnamedThe Vezina’s have begun building their dream home at 440 Falls Lane in Big South Fork Airpark. We are very excited to have them be part of our community. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Donald at [email protected]

Goodbye Sun-N-Fun

April 7th, 2014

26Thank you to everyone who visited our booth during Sun-N-Fun, we enjoyed ourselves as always. We met a lot of new friends, and was able to see many of our owners. We would love to hear from our new friends, please join our email database. 

 

Blue Angels Return to Sun-N-Fun

April 3rd, 2014
Blue-Angels-SNFOur BSF team was able to sneak out from the booth for a moment to enjoy the Blue Angel’s Thursday performance, and like always it did not disappoint. We truly missed their presence at last year’s show, and are so happy they have returned.
“After a year of sequestration and no military participation at airshows, Sun ‘n Fun is honored to host the first appearance of the Blue Angels in the southeast in 2014,” said Sun ‘n Fun president and CEO John “Lites” Leenhouts. “It is exciting for us to offer our guests the stellar precision that represents the piloting skills of all naval aviators.”
Read More and visit us at booth A-76.

White Knuckle Event 2014

April 1st, 2014

White-Knuckle-Event-0522Aimed at becoming the Woodstock of the ATV world, White Knuckle Event attracts thousands of people from across the eastern U.S. and some foreign countries. The largest festival of its kind in the region, White Knuckle Event is hosted by Brimstone Recreation and offers guided ATV rides, poker runs, mud bogs and a wide variety of other activities. The 3-day event is held on Memorial Day weekend each year and is headlined by a Saturday evening concert featuring one of Nashville’s best-known recording artists. This year Chase Rice and Cole Swindell will be preforming live at the White Knuckle Event with another special guest making an appearance. (TBA) Permits A $10 pass includes access to all events, including the Saturday evening concert, except the Moonshine Run. A Brimstone Recreation Land Use Permit is also required. More Information

Spring Planting Day Festival Saturday, April 26, 2014

April 1st, 2014

teams-in-field-webpicSpring, a time for new beginnings and growth. For many mountain families it was also a time to begin their planting of crops, vegetable gardens and livestock production. It was this production that sustained the family through the rest of the year.

The early families who settled the Big South Fork area depended on their ability to successfully raise animals, crops, and gardens to feed themselves. Most of the farming that occurred here was truly subsistence farming. The family often consumed the entire production of the garden. There was continued use of wild plant and animal foods, but the “kitchen garden” was vital to a sustainable food supply. This tradition continues with many families even today. It is not uncommon for local residents to have large gardens that provide a substantial amount of food.

Along with planning for their gardens and crops, families had a number of annual spring “chores” that were performed — spring cleaning and airing out of the house and bed linens, repairing paling fences, livestock care and animal husbandry, and mending and making clothing for the spring and summer seasons. Various crafts and forgotten arts of today were skills of yesterday — skills needed for survival in the area we now call the Big South Fork, Cumberland Mountains or Appalachia.

Lora Blevins homeplaceSpring Planting Day Festival is held at the Lora Blevins homeplace in Big South Fork .

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In celebration of these skills and traditions of spring, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area annually hosts Spring Planting Day the last Saturday of April. During the festival crafter’s demonstrate forgotten arts such as blacksmithing, basket making, hand spinning, weaving, woodcarving, chair caning, soap making, garden herb lore and use, and paling fence making. In addition there are displays of women’s life, antique farm tools, farm animals and old-time toys which will delight young and old alike. Toe-tapping tunes of mountain dulcimer music are performed by the Knoxville Area Dulcimer Club throughout the day. Of special interest is the plowing and planting with mules and horses which takes place at the Lora Blevins field.

Montgomery’s Break Ground on their New Home

March 24th, 2014

photo-4Dan and Andi have broken ground on Homesite 7 at the Airpark. We look forward to having them be a part of the Big South Fork Airpark family. If you have any questions, please contact Bill Armstrong at [email protected]

Happy 40th anniversary to Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area!

March 10th, 2014

950649_t607It’s been 40 years since Sen. Howard Baker helped push legislation creating the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. We are so glad he did! BSf has 125,000 acres of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs, and is an truly inspiring beauty. 40 years later Big South Fork  is thriving.

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