Historic Rugby

September 26th, 2017


Situated along the Scott-Morgan county line on S.R. 52, and bordering the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, Historic Rugby is a restored Victorian village founded in 1880 by British author and social reformer Thomas Hughes.

Rugby was designed to be a cooperative, class-free, agricultural community for the sons of English gentry and others looking to start life anew in America.

At its peak, more than 65 Victorian buildings and 300 townspeople made up the colony. Today, Rugby survives as a public historic site, unspoiled by modern development. Twenty of the original buildings remain, surrounded by rugged river gorges and historic trails.

Rugby has been open to the public since 1966 and is recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the most authentically restored and preserved communities in America.

Things to do here


Events at Historic Rugby include the Festival of British & Appalachian Culture in May, the Halloween Ghostly Gathering, and Christmas at Rugby. In addition, the Pilgrimage of Rugby Homes is held the first Saturday in September.


Visits to Rugby begin with a stop at the Rugby Visitor Centre and Theatre, which includes a 22-minute film — The Power of a Dream — on the history of Rugby. A guided walking tour includes stops at the 1882 Thomas Hughes Free Public Library, the 1884 Kingstone Lisle, the 1887 Christ Church Episcopal and the 1906 Schoolhouse.


September 20th, 2017

The Williams are currently building a custom 3 bedroom / 3 bath home on Homesite 10, conveniently located near their T-Hangar. Les and Keri Williams are moving to BSFA  from Illinois, previously living in Alaska. Big South Fork Airpark Custom Homes is the builder, and they have chosen a floorplan from Mosscreek.  BSFA Custom Homes has partnered with MossCreek, a Knoxville based leader in luxury log and timber framed home designs, in order to provide quality plans to all our residents. Their home has an open floorplan featuring a spacious open kitchen, outdoor living elements and a detached garage with an upstairs apartment. We are excited to welcome the William’s into the neighborhood and so happy they chose to call Big South Fork Airpark home.
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Homes of BSFA

BSFA Owner Spotlight: Bruce & Jean Niles

September 20th, 2017

We believe our community is what makes us different than other Airparks. We are so lucky to have so many residents choose Big South Fork Airpark to be their home. We celebrate our residents each year with countless events – ATV rides to the river, Spring Oyster Roast, Annual Fourth of July & Fireworks and New Years Party and much more.

Fall is Here! Are you Ready to Relax and Enjoy the Cooler Weather?

September 20th, 2017

Now is the perfect time to visit Big South Fork Airpark. Fall is quickly nearing its peak at the Airpark, and there is no better way to enjoy the scenery that autumn offers than with a drive through the northern Cumberland Plateau. Explore the fall foliage with a hike, scenic drive, or adventurous ATV ride. Along the way stop off at 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.

Big South Fork Medical opened its doors on August 8th!

August 29th, 2017

ONEIDA, Tenn. — The Town of Oneida once again has a community hospital.

Pioneer Community Hospital of Scott, located in the former Scott County Hospital on Alberta Street in Oneida, opened its doors to the public at 8 a.m. Monday morning.

Owned and operated by Pioneer Health Services, of Magee, Miss., Pioneer Community Hospital of Scott will feature 25 beds, in-house diagnostics and lab services, and a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week emergency room.

Hospital CEO Tony Taylor said Monday that the hospital’s opening is “a great day for Scott County.” Local economic development officials have stressed the importance of a hospital as critical to efforts to recruit industry to the community. As the gateway to the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, an emerging adventure tourism destination, it was also important for Oneida and Scott County to have a hospital. Finally, a close-to-home, community hospital plays an important role in the lives of seniors. Oneida is a growing destination for retirees.

The Pioneer Community Hospital will serve Scott County and northern Morgan County in Tennessee, as well as McCreary County, Ky.

The hospital, which had been closed since May 24, 2012, reopened after a deal was struck between Scott County Government and Pioneer Health, resulting in ownership of the hospital being transferred to Pioneer in exchange for a guarantee that the facility will be operated as a hospital for at least 10 years.

Building remotely is stressful, let BSFA take care of it!

August 22nd, 2017

Our custom home builders have hand selected floor plans that feature natural materials to create unique and affordable custom homes. Package includes a 1,874 heated sqft custom home with 2 car garage built by Big South Fork Airpark Custom Homes and a BSFA homesite. BSFA Custom Homes has numerous plans to choose from and will work with you to select colors and finishes. Plans start at $399,999.

Now anyone can live with their plane and move in 9 months after start of construction!*

*Some restrictions may apply. Package includes builder grade construction and completion date may be altered by bad weather. Timing and cost will change with any alterations to original plan or construction upgrades.

FREE ATV with Homesite Purchase.*

August 22nd, 2017

We want to celebrate all of our new owners this fall by including a ATV with purchase of a homesite. Big South Fork Airpark has been in existence for over 10 years and we learned early on that ATV riding will be a constant part of recreation and fun for our residents.  On any given day you can probably find a BSFA resident ready to jump on a ATV to head to the hangars, visit a neighbor or to explore any of the many amazing trails throughout the park. For a limited time we are including a new ATV with homesites purchases that close before October 31st, 2017.
Please contact us for more information. -highway vehicle exploration. One publication even named it the nation’s No. 1 destination for all-terrain vehicles. Regardless where you chose to ride, you know that anytime on the ATV at BSF will be filled with fun and beautiful views. Just around the corner from the Airpark is Brimstone Recreation, which is a nationally recognized destination for off
*Some restrictions may apply, closing must happen before October 31st, 2017. Limited Quantities available!

Living with your Plane Airpark Check List

July 14th, 2017

Our friends at Living with your Plane have made a comprehensive check list on how to determine which Airpark is right for you! Finding a residential airpark that fulfills the needs of everyone in the household is easier than ever. 

Homesite & T-Hangar Package – $189K

June 11th, 2017

Celebrate the beginning of summer with a limited lot & hangar deal.  All “T” hangars are 41.5′ wide, 36′ long and 12′ high with overhead bi-fold doors and direct access to the runway. There are a limited quantity of hangars  available for this promotion. Offer expires August 1, 2017.

Learn more and reserve your package today.

Early summer hikes in the Big South Fork

June 11th, 2017

ONEIDA, Tenn. — Truthfully, there is no bad time to hike the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. With hundreds of miles of footpaths spread throughout 125,000 acres of wilderness, the BSF is truly a park for all seasons.

But hiking this section of the northern Cumberland Plateau is near its best during the early weeks of summer, when the rhododendron and mountain laurel that are so prolific throughout the region are in full bloom.

With that in mind, here are five hikes that you won’t want to miss during the months of May and June:

1.) Burnt Mill Loop
Distance: 4.5 miles. Difficulty: Moderate. Accessible via: Burnt Mill Bridge Trailhead.

The Clear Fork River is one of two major tributaries that join to form the Big South Fork River, which lends its namesake to the national park. With headwaters near Allardt, Tenn., the Clear Fork River more closely resembles the river it will eventually empty into than does its counterpart, New River, which heads up in the Cumberland Mountains.

Burnt Mill Loop, a 4.5-mile loop trail on the southern end of the Big South Fork NRRA, showcases this stream, which features many of the same terrain features that you’ll find further downstream along the Big South Fork River, although in gentler form.

From the trailhead at Burnt Mill Bridge on Honey Creek Road near Robbins, Tenn., the Burnt Mill Loop follows the stream for much of its length, climbing up and over a ridge to off a bit of variety to the hike. In addition to the river, the trail features a waterfall, wildflowers and bluffs. But what truly sets it apart is the opportunity to take off your shoes and wade into the shallow waters of Clear Fork. Hikers will find ample opportunity to do so on the upstream side of Burnt Mill Bridge, where scenic camping spots can be found along the river bank and the river bottom is made of solid rock.

2.) Leatherwood Loop
Distance: 3.3 miles. Difficulty: Strenuous. Accessible via: East Rim or Leatherwood trailheads.

The 3.3-mile Leatherwood Loop Trail is one of only a few loop trails in the Big South Fork NRRA that is accessible by multiple trailheads. The trail makes up for its short length with a strenuous ascent from the river bottom to the top of the gorge, and features a little bit of everything that makes the Big South Fork region unique, from dense stands of hemlock to waterfalls to panoramic views of the river gorge.

From East Rim Trailhead on East Rim Road, which can be accessed via S.R. 297 near the Big South Fork NRRA headquarters outside Oneida, Tenn., Leatherwood Loop Trail passes through an old farmstead that has been almost completely reclaimed by nature before following the original road that early settlers of the region used. The trail first drops below the bluff line, then winds its way through a hemlock forest along a small stream for a ways as it descends towards the bottom of the gorge.

Ultimately, the trail emerges at the Leatherwood Ford day use area before following the Big South Fork River upstream, merging with the John Muir Trail for a short distance. One of the highlights along the trip is Echo Rock, which includes a viewing platform along the river’s edge so that hikers can pause to admire the way the sound of the river’s rushing whitewater is reflected off a gigantic boulder along the edge of the stream.

Once the trail makes its vigorous ascent back to the top of the plateau, a short spur trail leads hikers to a panoramic overlook that offers expansive views of the river gorge, including Leatherwood Ford and Bandy Creek. But what really sets the trail apart is the mountain laurel that grows in abundance along the route. Hikers who are fortunate enough to catch the plant in bloom in May are in for a treat, particularly once the trail has topped the plateau on the south side of the loop, where the laurel seems to close in and form walls of flowers on either side of the footpath.

3.) Gentlemen’s Swimming Hole
Distance: 2.9 miles. Difficulty: Moderate. Accessible via: Laurel Dale Cemetery (Historic Rugby).

The Gentlemen’s Swimming Hole trail at Historic Rugby is another of the Big South Fork NRRA’s trails that showcases the Clear Fork River. Located further upstream than Burnt Mill Loop, the Gentlemen’s Swimming Hole trail is a throwback to the days of English gentry in this historic Victorian village.

Founded by British author and reformer Thomas Hughes (notable for Tom Brown’s School Days) in the 1890s, Rugby was originally intended as an escape for younger sons of English gentry who would not be afforded the same opportunities that were reserved for their families’ eldest sons. The village flourished for a while, but did not out-last the Great Depression that struck America in the 1920s. Today, the village remains largely intact, thanks to the preservation efforts of Historic Rugby, and is an excellent side trip for visitors to the region.

The Gentlemen’s Swimming Hole is exactly what its name implies: a pool of water along the Clear Fork River where the English (and American) gentlemen of Rugby would go to swim and bathe. The swimming hole is a gentle pool of water at the bottom of a whitewater rapid, and is a picturesque spot along the river.

Further down the trail is Meeting of the Waters, where White Oak Creek empties into the river as its largest tributary. This was the ladies’ bathing hole during the early days of settlement. Either swimming hole remains an excellent place for hikers to cool off from the summer heat.

4.) Oscar Blevins Farm Loop
Distance: 3.6 miles. Difficulty: Easy. Accessible via: Bandy Creek Trailhead.

The Oscar Blevins Farm is one of only four farmsteads in the Big South Fork NRRA that remain largely intact, and it is also the most picturesque of the four. Located just north of Bandy Creek Visitor Center, the farm is actually accessible by vehicles, but the loop trail leading to it offers an easy hike that should not be overlooked.

From Bandy Creek Trailhead, just north of the visitor center, the trail winds through what was once fields that have since been reclaimed by nature, and the forest line between the new growth forest and the old growth forest is clearly visible. One side of the loop offers a hike that is largely uneventful, traveling through the hardwood forest, while the other side of the loop offers a trek through stream drainages and follows Bandy Creek for a short distance. One of the highlights of the hike is Muleshoe Shelter, a rock shelter where farmers once shoed their mules.

The Oscar Blevins Farm is the closest thing to a working farm that you’ll find in the Big South Fork these days. The National Park Service keeps horses on the premises, which helps keep the fields open and in their original form. The farmstead is so picturesque that it is often used for family portraits and even the occasional wedding.

5.) Yahoo Falls
Distance: 1.2 miles. Difficulty: Easy. Accessible via: Whitley City, Ky.

Located on the northern edge of the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, near Daniel Boone National Forest, Yahoo Falls stands 113 ft. tall, making it the highest waterfall in all of Kentucky. The waterfall is located near the Big South Fork River, along a small stream that feeds into the river. It has cultural and historic importance, as it was said to be the site of an Indian massacre at the hands of John Sevier’s Indian hunters during the 19th century.

During drier weather, the flow of water over Yahoo Falls becomes little more than a trickle, but the pool of water at the base of the waterfall remains an inviting place for hikers to take off their shoes and step into the cool water to beat the heat of day.