Archive for the ‘Airpark News’ Category

2018 Lowcountry Boil & Fly-in

Friday, 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.

Forget Florida: More Northern Retirees Head to Appalachia

Friday, 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!

Friday, 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!

Friday, 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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Welcome Eric and Mary Goss!

Monday, 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

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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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.

Jimmy and Becky Deaux New Custom Hangar

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Big South Fork Custom Homes has begun construction on the Deaux’s custom hangar on their own private hangar! The 3,000 sq/ft. hangar will feature a Schweiss remote operated bi-fold door.  This exciting project is planning for a workstation, car lift and four blue taxiway lights that will turn on automatically when the bi-fold door is opened.
Home build-out will include a kitchen, office, two bathrooms, laundry room, living room and second story catwalk. 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.

Big South Fork Custom Homes

  • Big South Fork Airpark Homes is a general contracting firm specializing in commercial and residential construction. As the BSFA construction branch, we are committed to the development. If at any time you have a question or a problem, we are your neighbors and are always happy to help.
  • Onsite 7 days a week!  We have a representative at the Airpark full time in order to properly oversee all aspects of construction.
  • Comprehensive Builder’s Warranty on all Custom Projects!
  • Familiarity with all Architectural Review Committee application requirements and include plans and sketch of project submittal, a copy of licenses, proof of liability and workman’s compensation, erosion control plan, color and material samples, lighting plan and landscaping plan in all proposals.

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Spring is Playtime at BSF

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Live with your Plane

Can’t wait until Memorial Day to come to BSFA? Come up this weekend and join our residents for an ATV ride to Reed Branch Creek to our remote fire pit and campfire area. After you explore the miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs, retire to our Welcome Center and relax by the fire. Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is rich with natural and historic features. The area provides visitors with a wide range of outdoor recreational activities ranging from internationally ranked biking trails to a peaceful horseback ride through any of the Airpark’s trails.  Either way bring your camera and get ready to relax and enjoy nature at its finest.

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
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Adventure awaits on ‘The River Wild’

Monday, April 9th, 2018

“This river is unique. It’s beautiful.”

Those are the words of National Park Service Ranger Kevin Moses.

He should know. Moses spent more than seven years in the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, much of that time paddling the river.

“The scenery you will see on this river is the prettiest scenery in Scott County,” he says.

He’s referring to “The Gorge,” a stretch of river between the confluence of New River and Clear Fork to form the Big South Fork, and the historic O&W Railroad bridge further downstream. Between those two access points, the closest a person can get to the river on foot is the Honey Creek Loop hiking trail — a rugged footpath that dips to the river’s edge at one point.

The Gorge section of Big South Fork contains the wildest water that the river has to offer. Included are the “Big Three” rapids — Double Drop, the Washing Machine, and The Ell. The first two are solid Class III rapids that can turn into Class IVs at certain water flows. The later is usually a Class IV.

Those three rapids, which start about eight-tenths of a mile downstream from the confluence, garner the most recognition on this stretch of river, but they’re hardly the only rapids paddlers will encounter. There are many others, most of them Class IIIs as well — like Kernels, Honey Creek Rapid, Rion’s Eddy and others.

Kayakers run this stretch of river when the water flow is as little as 350 cubic feet per second, though it is much more technical at those levels. The National Park Service’s website lists 1,000 cfs as the optimal level. Like any free-flowing river that hasn’t been tamed by man’s concrete dams, the character of the Big South Fork changes drastically depending upon how much — or how little — rain has been received. That makes the spring the prime season for whitewater rafting on the Big South Fork and its major tributaries.

Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine sums up the Big South Fork like this, calling it one of the Top 50 rivers in the South: “Tennessee’s Big South Fork is big water fun well worth a drive to the Cumberland Plateau. Winding through the rugged cliff lined gorge gives this run a real wilderness adventure tone.”

The Big South Fork and its tributaries draw paddling enthusiasts from across the region. There’s something about the sheer beauty of the river slicing through the canyon encasing it that enchants visitors and keeps them coming back.

While The Gorge from confluence to O&W is the most popular stretch of whitewater, it should only be tackled by experienced paddlers. Other stretches of the river are more suitable for novices. Popular entry points include Brewster Ford, Burnt Mill Ford, Leatherwood Ford and Station Camp. For more information, see our whitewater paddling page.