Annual Spring Planting & Music Festival

March 5th, 2018
In celebration of these skills and traditions of spring, Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area is hosting the 18th annual Spring Planting and Music Festival April 28, 2018.

Spring, 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.

mule teams work
Mule teams working

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 will be children’s activities, interpretative talks, fun runs, bird watching and wildflower guided walks, vendors demonstrating and selling their wares, and food sales.

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 music are performed throughout the area by various groups such as the Knoxville Area Dulcimer Club.

Of special interest is the plowing and planting with mules and horses which takes place at the Lora Blevins field. Other demonstrations will take place at the Oscar Blevins Farm Site as well.

SAVE THE DATE: BSFA Annual Oyster Roast will be March 23rd

February 6th, 2018

Join us for fresh oysters, grill items, cool drinks and live music. Must RSVP to make sure we have enough FRESH Oysters!

Discover Scott Country 12 Great Adventures for 2018

January 22nd, 2018

ONEIDA, Tenn. — The 2018 calendar year is upon us. With it comes the opportunity to explore new areas, try new adventures, and make new friends and memories. With a wide diversity of natural splendors and exciting adventures, there is no better place to spread your wings in 2018 than in Scott County, Tennessee — home of the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area and the Cumberland Mountains.

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January 17th, 2018

Homesite T14 is one of the 5 remaining taxiway lots and this month’s feature homesite. T14 is a 1.3 acre lot, creating endless possibilities for a home with an attached hangar or detached hangar. All utilities are underground including county water and sewer.

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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BSFA is going to Sebring!

December 16th, 2017

BSF airpark will be attending the Sport Aviation Expo at the Sebring Regional Airport January 24-27 in Sebring, FL.

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Big South Fork National Park Video

November 27th, 2017

Never been to Big South Fork? Watch this amazing video made by the parks department to see a glimpse. Watch Here

Homesite 35 is for sale at BSFA, and is ready to be customized into the owner’s dream home.

November 27th, 2017

Quiet Airpark living is possible with this 4 bedroom / 4 bathroom, 2,700 sq/ft home. Homesite 35 has a two-car garage and rests on a 1.8 acre lot. The Main floor features an open floor plan with a large fireplace, quality appliances (included with price) and a spacious deck with an outdoor fireplace. New owners have the ability to make this home their own with a 1,600 sqft unfinished basement.  (Learn More)

Price REDUCED : $479k*

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Big South Fork receives ‘colorblind-less’ viewfinder

November 6th, 2017

Autumn colorful foliage over lake with beautiful woods in red and yellow color.

BANDY CREEK — The Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area is one of three Tennessee sites selected for the installation of colorblind-less viewfinders that help color blind visitors and residents of the Volunteer State see the vibrant fall foliage in all its glory.

The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development installed the specially-equipped viewfinder at East Rim Overlook in the Big South Fork NRRA. That was one of just three sites selected for the viewfinders, which feature the latest technology lenses for alleviating red-green color deficiencies. The other two sites were Ober Gatlinburg in Gatlinburg, and the Interstate 26 overlook near Erwin in Unicoi County.

Located just off S.R. 297 west of Oneida, East Rim is an easily-accessed overlook that offers stunning, panoramic views of the Big South Fork River gorge, and is among the most popular spots within the park — particularly during the fall season.

But people afflicted by protanopia and protanomaly — more commonly known as red-green color blindness — are not able to fully enjoy the effect of nature’s transition from deep green to brilliant shades of red, orange and gold.

The viewfinders change that, enabling color blind visitors to see the foliage just as it appears to people with normal vision.

“I see the colors and they’re florescent and beautiful and great, and I’ll say (to Jim), ‘Honey see that?’ and he’ll say ‘What?’ I wish he could see what I see,” said the wife of Jim Nichols, a color blind visitor who was one of the first to see through the newly-installed viewfinders.

Both Nichols and his wife could not hold back tears as he looked through the viewfinder to see the scenic beauty of the fall colors for the very first time in his life.

“One of the main pillars we promote in Tennessee is our scenic beauty,” said Tennessee Tourism Commissioner Kevin Triplett. “The reds, oranges and yellows in the fall and the incredible colors in the spring are a staple of what comes to mind when people think about Tennessee or visit here. But to realize, through red/green deficiencies and other forms of colorblindness, there potentially are more than 13 million people in our country alone who cannot fully appreciate the beauty our state has to offer, we wanted to do something about that. We wanted to provide opportunities for more people to see what those of us who can may take for granted.”

Stephen Brewer was one of those color deficient visitors who was able to use the colorblind-less viewfinders to experience fall colors for the first time.

“Now I know why people come from miles and states around just to see this,” he said.

BSFA is in the Middle of it All!

October 23rd, 2017

Big South Fork Airpark is located 50 miles north of Knoxville, Tennessee, and is centrally located to many local attractions and activities. We chose this location due to the proximity to the 125,000-acre Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and all the exciting adventures nearby.

Our residents can tour the local historic attractions or drive into one of our region’s small towns for a quick lunch, and even grab a room at a local bed and breakfast and make a multi-day trip out of it. But if you are wanting to stay close to home there is everything you ever need in the local town of Oneida, TN, making everyday life at the airpark a breeze!

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Blog: Top 10 Reasons to Choose to Fly into Scott County Airport at BSFA!

October 23rd, 2017

Choosing an Airpark is a HUGE decision, and at BSFA we are honored to have so many people tour and explore our beloved development. Big South Fork Airpark’s developer, Bill Armstrong, credits the success to the proximity to Big South Fork River and Recreation Area and the level of safety and professionalism offered by the attached FBO and runway. “We are a little different than the other airparks across the country. We are fortunate to be attached to a public state funded airport, and our residents have 24 hour access to a lighted and paved 5,500 ft runway with 3 instrument approaches, brand new FBO, 24/7 fuel and onsite maintenance. Our residents all enjoy IFR flying and rank safety as their number 1 priority.” There are so many reasons to enjoy flying into BSFA, we had our pilots list their top ten!

Top 10 Reasons to Choose to Fly into Scott County Airport at BSFA!
1). All approaches are greeted by a lighted 5,500 ft. runway
2). 2 GPS WAAS approaches and 1 VOR
3). Instrument approaches with minimums of 250 feet
4). Scott County Municipal Airport (SCX), and new county owned FBO. Our residents enjoy using the FBO’s full service fueling (100LL and Jet A at competitive pricing), hangar space, tie-down parking, weather information, transportation and more.
5). Taxiway Lots: Our 91,404 square foot taxiway opens the door on true Airpark living. Aviation enthusiasts have the exclusive opportunity to live in a custom home with their plane and hangar on the taxiway. Only 7 taxiway lots remain!
6). Fly Home 24/7: Our residents have the convenience of being able to fly in when it works best for them!
7). Onsite Maintenance and Aircraft Management Companies, Big South Fork Aero and ATS Tennessee. All aircraft needs can be meet from the convenience of your backyard!
8). Big South Fork Airpark has 2 hangar types for purchase – Executive (60’ wide, 55’ long, and 16’ high) and “T” hangers (41.5′ wide, 36′ long and 12′ high)
9). In 2017 the Runway at Scott County Airport underwent a  complete resealed and re-striped.
10). LOCATION!!! BSFA central’s location makes it easy to hop in the plane take a day trip to Atlanta (169.3 nautical miles), Chicago, IL (365.4 nautical miles), Pittsburgh, PA (316.7 nautical miles), Cincinnati, OH (159.1 nautical miles) or spend the day exploring close to home with Knoxville, TN (48.2 nautical miles) and the development being adjacent to Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

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