2018 Lowcountry Boil & Fly-in

October 5th, 2018

Thanks to all who were able to join us at our Lowcountry Boil Cookout, Fly-In, and Trail Ride on Sept 29th. Here’s the highlight reel.

OSHKOSH – July 23rd – 29th

September 1st, 2018

We enjoyed taking a part in the airshow and watching the Blue Angels perform.  It was a great event for the entire family, featuring all kinds of planes including warbirds, vintage, Oshkosh. Big South Fork Airpark was once again an exhibitor at this year’s EAA Air Venture at homebuilts, ultralights, aerobatics, and much more! Thanks to all who stopped by Hangar D – Booth 4123.

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Forget Florida: More Northern Retirees Head to Appalachia

June 15th, 2018

BLUE RIDGE, GA—When former New Yorker Marty Stefanelli and his wife contemplated retirement, they didn’t know where to look until a visit to this Appalachian mountain town last year.

“We bought a house that week,” Mr. Stefanelli said. “I need to find time to wind down, and Blue Ridge forces you to wind down.”

For the 57-year-old Mr. Stefanelli, the area’s draws included moderate weather, a lack of traffic and low costs on everything from property prices to restaurant bills to taxes. {read more}

Construction has Started on the Gifford’s Custom Hangar!

June 15th, 2018

Big South Fork Custom Homes has begun construction on the Gifford’s custom hangar on their own private hangar! The 4,125 sq/ft. hangar will feature a bifold door with remote and straps. We are very excited to have them be part of our community. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Donald at [email protected] com.

Build a Hangar to Meet Your Needs!

June 15th, 2018

Big South Fork Airpark has options when it comes to hangars,  “T” hangars that are 41.5′ wide, 36′ long and 12′ high and custom hangars that can include apartments and rotating turntables or simply just a place to protect their plane.  Hangars range in size from 50×50 to 75×60. Regardless your preference BSFA Custom Homes can work with the customer to build the perfect fit!
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July 4th Party

June 15th, 2018
Sparks will fly on the Fourth of July! Big South Fork Airpark invites you to celebrate at an Independence Day Party on July 4th at 5 p.m. Gather your friends and family and enjoy old fashion Fourth of July fun!

Welcome Eric and Mary Goss!

June 4th, 2018

Congrats to Eric and Mary Goss on the purchase of Homesite 41 and Hangar 13. The Goss’ just moved from Indiana for Mary to join UT and Eric flies professionally. Welcome to the BSFA family

Fireman’s Fourth

June 4th, 2018

When: July 3-4, 2018
Where: Courthouse Mall, Huntsville
Time: 11 a.m. EDT

Join the Huntsville Fire Department’s firefighters and friends as they host one of the largest Independence Day festivals in the region. Held each July 4 on the Courthouse Mall in Huntsville, the event is a long-standing tradition and attracts more than 10,000 for the annual fireworks spectacular at sundown on Independence Day.

The event begins with food, crafts and entertainment, featuring local musicians, on July 3 and continues on July 4. Independence Day begins with a Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast and continues with the annual 4th of July Parade through the streets of Huntsville at 11 a.m. Kids games and carnival rides fill the afternoon, leading up to the 10 p.m. fireworks display.

More Information

Call 423-663-3471 or see www.huntsville-tn.com

The Secret is Out – Taking a look inside Big South Fork’s increased visitation

May 28th, 2018

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

Hard work yields results.

That might be the best way to assess the current increase in visitation to the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, which park superintendent Niki S. Nicholas attributes to a variety of factors — some of them outside the control of local park and community leaders and some of them very much the result of actions taken by those local leaders.

Visitation to the Big South Fork from January to July of this year was up 23.3 percent over the same time period in 2016. That comes on the heels of research finding that annual visitation to the park was up 6.5 percent in 2016, as compared to 2015.

“There is no one smoking gun, so to speak,” Nicholas said, pointing to cheap gas prices, public relations related to the National Park Service’s centennial celebration in 2016, and the affiliation of the BSF with the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, which the superintendent said is exposing a more urban audience to not only the BSF but its sister park in Morgan County, the Obed Wild & Scenic River.

And, Nicholas said, “a lot of changes we’re making are finally starting to pay off.”

A strategic advantage

There is no magic formula to drawing visitors to the Big South Fork, Nicholas said. “It’s not like chemistry, where you put A plus B and you get C. It doesn’t work like that.”

Instead, she said, the approach is a result of constantly “tinkering” to improve what works and fix what doesn’t.

And that doesn’t happen just by chance.

“We went into strategic planning mode about five (read more)

So Much to See at Big South Fork

May 14th, 2018

Wildlife viewing opportunities attract a number of outdoors enthusiasts to Scott County each year. From elk to the endangered Cerulean warbler, wildlife and birdlife are plentiful along the Cumberland Plateau. Following is a description of some of our most popular neighbors in the wild.


Elk are native to the Cumberland Mountains, but over-hunting eliminated the herds in the mid 1800s. In 2000, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency teamed up with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and other partners to bring them back. Today, a herd of several hundred elk roam the area.
Where to see them: Most of the elk reside in or around the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area. Motorists frequently report spotting elk along S.R. 63 at the Scott County-Campbell County line.
When to see them: Elk are most active at dawn and dusk. They’re also on the move more frequently during their breeding season (October), when their bugles can be heard for long distances as they echo through the hills.

Whitetail Deer

Whitetail deer inhabit all of Scott County, thriving in the rugged terrain that enables them to escape predators — four-footed and two-footed alike!
Where to see them: Just about anywhere. The open fields of the Big South Fork or the state-maintained food plots of the North Cumberland WMA are excellent places to start.
When to see them: Whitetail deer are most active at dawn and dusk. They’re also on the move more frequently during the rut (breeding season), which is typically in late October and November. Whitetail bucks shed their antlers in mid winter and grow new antlers in late spring and early summer.

Black Bear

Black bear are native to the Cumberland Plateau but mostly disappeared from the area during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the 1990s, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and National Park Service teamed up to bring them back. Today, a growing population of black bears inhabit the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. They’re found in smaller numbers on the North Cumberland WMA.
Where to see them: Black bears are shy animals that avoid human populations as much as possible. When sighted by motorists or along hiking trails, they’re most frequently seen in the Big South Fork NRRA, near Station Camp and Bandy Creek.
When to see them: Bears are apt to be spotted just about any time, except when the cold months of winter set in and they become much less active.

Bald Eagle

The great symbol of American freedom and liberty, the magestic bald eagle, occasionally makes Scott County its wintering ground. The eagles are found in sizable numbers to the west, around Dale Hollow Lake, but their extended winter range covers the Cumberland Plateau.
Where to see them: Unpredictable.
When to see them: Most often, during the winter months.

Wild Turkey

Once diminished in number, the wild turkey has rebounded in great numbers along the northern Cumberland Plateau thanks to restoration efforts by TWRA and the National Wild Turkey Federation. Turkeys found in Scott County are of the Eastern subspecies, and the North Cumberland WMA is home of some of the few remaining flocks of “pure” Eastern wild turkeys remaining.
Where to see them: The wild turkey can be found anywhere in Scott County, including the North Cumberland WMA and Big South Fork NRRA.
When to see them:The wild turkey is most active in the morning. When they feed in fields and open areas, they typically emerge from the woods by early to mid morning.