Mountain Bike Riding at BSF is Famous!!

April 18th, 2017

Encompassing 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area protects the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries. The area boasts miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs, is rich with natural and historic features and has been developed to provide visitors with a wide range of outdoor recreational activities.

Skinny singletrack, friendly hills, killer views and back country make this an epic ride. Most days you will not see anyone else on the 33 mile ride. Once you leave the visitors center you will have the trails to yourself.

From the rolling Collier Ridge/West Bandy section to the old school Duncan Hollow to the magnificent views of Grand Gap and John Muir, Big South Fork has something for everyone. Start out with thick creekside laurel and rhododendron and work your way up slickrock like sandstone. Enter old hardwood ridge sections, mix in some gravel and some clifftop singletrack next to 200′ drops and you get a feel for Big South Fork.

Need to Know

Park at the Bandy Creek Visitors Center. Any of the sections can stand on their own as a good ride. There are hundreds of miles of back country trails, gravel and double track. Certain sections get a lot of horse traffic. You will probably want to avoid the horse sections because of deep sand and loose rocks.

Description

The ride is good in any direction but this ride heads west out of the parking lot. The pavement soon turns to gravel. At 1.1 miles look for trailhead on the left. It is just past the cemetery and the Scott State Forest sign.

The Collier Ridge trail follows the creek for a mile or so then climbs to the top of the ridge. When you hit the sandstone section you are close to the top. Look for the well marked right turn. The nature of the trail changes here from old double track gone to single track to true skinny trail. Watch out for the rock drop about a 1/4 mile in on this section. It looks worse than it really is. When you get to the field next to the highway there is only 1/2 mile of Collier Ridge left. Collier Ridge Trail ends at the parking lot at the intersection of Hwy 297 and Bandy Creek Rd. (Read More)

Spring is here, so its time to plane for the Spring Planting Festival, join us to go back in time!

March 20th, 2017

When: April 22, 2017
Where: Big South Fork NRRA (Bandy Creek Visitors Center)
Time: 9 a.m. EDT

The early settlers in the Big South Fork country relied on subsistence farming for survival. Each spring, the mules and horses were hooked to the plow and the fields tilled for the planting of crops. It was hard work but a fascinating way of life. The tradition continues today, with many families in the area growing large gardens…with improved equipment, of course.

Step back in time in the Big South Fork this spring by visiting the Lora Blevins homeplace (near the Bandy Creek Visitors Center). The day-long festival features plenty of events and is free to the public. Food is available from vendors, or you can bring your lunch.

Events at the festival include:

• Draft horse and mule-drawn plowing demonstrations
• Gardening, herb lore, wood working, blacksmithing, basket-weaving, hand-spinning and the making of lye soap
• Craft demonstrations and sales
• Farm petting zoo for children
• Antique farm and tractor equipment display

The event starts at 9 a.m. and lasts until 4 p.m.

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Watch National Park Services Breathtaking Big South Fork River and Recreation Generations Video

March 20th, 2017

On the Cumberland Plateau of northeastern Tennessee there exists a place of wild beauty. In the spring, soft rains bring the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area to bloom. In summer, the park echoes with the calls of wildlife in the night and even glows in the dark. Fall brings an explosion of color under autumn skies. In winter, snowy trails provide quiet solitude. Across four seasons, Generations follows visitors and locals as they explore the rich history and ecology of the park’s sprawling 125,000 acres, proving you’re never too young or old to set off on an adventure. Watch Now

Spring is Here at the Airpark

March 13th, 2017
Spring is one of the most stunning times of year at the Airpark; join in on the fun and book a tour today! Your days will consist of relaxing around one of our outdoor fireplaces and exploring Big South Fork’s endless forests, gorges and sandstone bluffs. Take an ATV ride to the overlook or hike to a local waterfall and experience the beauty of Big South Fork Airpark.We invite you and your family to come and stay at our Welcome Center and see what it would be like to live with your plane!
Spring Activities at the Airpark
 
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 top ATV destinations in the nation.
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.

Gas Savings for all our Friends Going to SUN’n FUN! Fuel up at BSFA on the way to SUN ‘n FUN and Get a $1 OFF EACH GALLON!*

March 13th, 2017
We want everyone to attend SUN’n FUN, so we are offering free gas to make it easier! Choose to fill up at Big South Fork Airpark on the way to SUN’n FUN to receive a gas voucher for $1 off every gallon of fuel. To redeem voucher simply fill up at KSCX on the way to Lakeland! Must call – (877) BSF-Park or email to schedule fill up.
* Must redeem at KSCX – Expires April 10th, 2017 – One voucher per plane – Must Schedule Fill Up – Must have voucher to redeem fuel – Discount limited to 100 gallons.
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SUN’n FUN – April 4-7
Big South Fork Airpark will once again be an exhibitor at Sun’n Fun Fly-In held in Lakeland Florida. 2017 brings one of the most exciting airshow schedules ever seen at SUN ‘n FUN! This event showcases products like jet teams, aerospace related exhibits, educational forums, aircraft static displays, professional gatherings of aviation and economic development groups and many more in the business services, railway, shipping & aviation industries. Stop by booth A-77, and see what’s new at Big South Fork Airpark! See you then!

Lee Brice is Coming to Oneida, Tn!

March 7th, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 10.09.48 AMHUNTSVILLE, Tenn. — Country music heartthrob Lee Brice will headline the 2017 White Knuckle Event, it was announced late Tuesday.

Brimstone announced on its Facebook page Tuesday that Brice will be the featured performer at the weekend-long event, which is held each Memorial Day weekend. Brice will take the Yamaha stage on Saturday, May 27.

One of the hottest acts in country music, Brice has seen his last seven singles reach the Top 10 on the country charts, dating back to 2011. Four of those singles went all the way to No. 1.

A noted songwriter in Nashville, Brice has been performing for a decade, and has never failed to chart a single. He gained notoriety with “Love Like Crazy,” which went to No. 3 on the charts in 2009.

In 2011, Brice began his string of success, when “A Woman Like You” became his first No. 1 hit. He had two more No. 1 songs the following year, “Hard to Love” and “I Drive Your Truck.”

After “Parking Lot Party” peaked at No. 6 on the charts in 2013, Brice topped the charts again in 2014 with “I Don’t Dance.” That same year, his “Drinking Class” peaked at No. 2 on the charts.

Brice’s most recent single, “That Don’t Sound Like You,” peaked at No. 10 in 2015.

Brice has released three studio albums, including 2012′s Hard 2 Love, which was certified gold. His latest album, I Don’t Dance in 2014, reached No. 1 on the U.S. country charts and sold nearly 250,000 copies.

The 37-year-old South Carolina native has also had songs recorded by Garth Brooks (“More Than a Memory”), Blake Shelton (“You’ll Always Be Beautiful”), Kenny Chesney (“Seven Days”), the Eli Young Band (“Crazy Girl” and “I Love You”) and many more.

White Knuckle Event is billed as the Woodstock of ATV events, and is one of the nation’s premier festivals for off-road enthusiasts. It is centered around the Vanderpool Event Area on River Road in Huntsville, and Brimstone’s 20,000 acres of trails and resort lands are open for riders during the event. Tickets will go on sale soon at www.whiteknuckleevent.com.

How Bronco Overlook Got Its Name

March 7th, 2017

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Step out onto the unprotected outcropping at Bronco Overlook and you’ll be treated to one of the most spectacular views in the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area.

You’ll see the craggy rock outcroppings that stand sentry over the mouth of Mill Creek, a rugged drainage that serves as a watershed for much of the south side of Station Camp Road from Williams Creek Road to the horse camp. You’ll see much of the gorge that encases the Big South Fork River between the big bend just below the John Hawk Smith Place and the Station Camp crossing. And, far below, you’ll see the river itself.

One thing you won’t see is the overlook’s namesake — a twisted, now rusting hunk of metal that rests at the base of the cliff. It’s obscured by trees and growth, which have long since healed from the scars that were left when the Ford Bronco plunged through them on its way to its final resting place some 30 years ago.

Historically, the ridge that ends at this rock outcropping was known as Sheep Ridge. Most folks who grew up in the area still call it that, and the road that runs the length of the ridge is still known as Sheep Ridge Road.

But Bronco Overlook earned its new name in the mid 1980s, when someone rolled a Ford Bronco II over the cliff.

The national park was still in its infancy in those days; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was just completing its park-building tasks and preparing to turn the 125,000-acre national river and recreation area over to its sister agency, the National Park Service.

Only a few years before, this ridge was privately-owned. The view from the rock outcropping was just as magnificent, but it was not free for all. A log home was perched on the edge of the cliff, owned by MP Estes. The house was destroyed when the federal government began buying up land in the area in the 1970s, but part of its concrete foundation can still be seen at the end of Sheep Ridge Road, where horseback riders tie off their horses before stepping out onto the overlook.

At some point after, someone drove the Bronco to the overlook, rolling it over the edge of the cliff. It tumbled to the forest floor below, landing upright but destroyed.

No one seems to remember exactly who rolled the vehicle over the cliff — or even if their identity was ever known. Donny Kidd, who has spent his entire life around the Station Camp area, recalls that it was stolen from North Carolina. (Read More)

Snapshot of Tennessee Growth from Governor Bill Haslam

February 21st, 2017
  • Our economy is outpacing the national economy.
  • More Tennesseans have a job today than ever in the history of our state.
  • Tennessee’s median household income has grown at the second fastest rate in the country.
  •  For only the second time in our state’s history, we have a triple, triple-A credit rating.
  • Even before the tax cuts I’m recommending in this year’s budget, Tennesseans pay the lowest amount of tax as a percentage of their income of any of the 50 states.
  •  The budget I am recommending will take the state’s Rainy Day Fund to an all-time high.
  • Tennessee has a balanced budget, the lowest debt per capita in the country.
  •  For the second year in recorded history, our budget proposal doesn’t take on any new debt.

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Taxiway Inventory Running Low – Only 7 Remain

February 21st, 2017

BSF-Siteplan-11-17-16Due to increased demand we are running low on taxiway properties. Our taxiway lots give our owners the exclusive opportunity to live in a custom home with their plane and hangar in their own backyard. Taxiway homes have direct access to the 5,500 ft. runway with 3 instrument approaches and an on-site maintenance facility.

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Updates To O & W Bridge

January 31st, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-01-31 at 11.36.33 AMImprovements are coming to the historic O&W Railroad Bridge in the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area.

The Scott County Chamber of Commerce announced in July 2016 that it has received grant funding through a tourism grant to fund a $97,000 project to replace all timbers on the century-old bridge. The grant was facilitated by the Industrial Development Board of Scott County, and supported by the Tourism Committee of the Chamber of Commerce.

Work on the bridge was originally expected to begin at the conclusion of the fall tourism season in November. However, an unexpected delay in the release of funding has resulted in the project being delayed.

Stacey Kidd, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, said Tuesday that the funds are expected to be released at any time, after which the Scott County Road Department will immediately begin work on the project as weather permits. The O&W Road will be closed for three weeks once construction begins, and the goal is to be finished with the project by the start of the spring tourism season.

No local tax dollars are being spent on the project.

The O&W Bridge was originally constructed in 1917 as part of the Oneida & Western Railroad, which was built from Oneida to reach coal and timber reserves in the modern-day Big South Fork NRRA. Once completed, the railroad linked Oneida and Jamestown. The bridge itself was actually built in the late 1800s. It was disassembled and moved to the Big South Fork River when the O&W Railroad was being built. It is one of the last bridges of its kind remaining in the United States.

At one point in the 1990s, the National Park Service proposed to close the O&W Road at the bridge, using the bridge for foot traffic and equestrian traffic. Scott County ultimately persuaded the NPS to leave the bridge open, and to leave the road open to White Oak Creek approximately two miles beyond the river crossing.