Archive for November, 2015

Explore Historic Rugby, only 20 miles from Big South Fork Airpark!

Monday, November 30th, 2015

5f17623f437baa03182e9bff526d6d7866875_largeThe historic village of Rugby, located in Northeast Tennessee, was established in 1880 as a social experiment. It was British author and social reformer Thomas Hughes’ dream to provide a better life in America for the younger sons of wealthy English families. He envisioned a cultured and cooperative agricultural community within the wilderness of the Cumberland Plateau.

During its heyday in the 1880s, Rugby had more than 300 residents, 65 Victorian buildings, a large inn, a weekly newspaper and tennis courts, according to Historic Rugby, the nonprofit group dedicated to restoring and maintaining the village. (Read More)


Big South Fork Airpark at a Glance!

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

122015 has been a busy year for the Airpark! Our community is bustling with exciting expansions and residential construction, and we could not be more thankful to our residents and owners that made it all possible!

  • 54 Homesites Sold!
  • Only 2 Taxiway Personal Hangar Lots Remain
  • Only 4 Remaining Homesites in Phase 1
  • Phase 2 is Open and Homesites are Available for Purchase
  • 91,404 sqft Taxiway is Completed
  • 46,656 sqft Northside Hangar Apron Expansion Completed

Finding Black Bears at BSF

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

tn.phpONEIDA, Tenn. — From bald eagles to majestic bull elk, there is more magnificent wildlife to be found across the northern Cumberland Plateau than you can shake a stick at. They’re all worth watching — from an eagle feasting on fish at a stream’s edge in the winter to the sound of an elk’s bugle on a crisp October morning. But one type of wildlife that has visitors to our neck of the woods especially excited is the black bear.

Black bears are found throughout the northern Cumberland Plateau region, but they’re especially prolific in the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. To put the Big South Fork’s bear population into perspective, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for its bears, where an estimated 1,500 of the critters roam 521,000 acres. That’s a population density of one bear per every 347 acres. In the Big South Fork, it is estimated that 300 black bears roam 125,000 acres — or one bear per every 416 acres.

The main difference between the black bears in the Smokies and the black bears in BSF is that the black bears here on the Cumberland Plateau have not yet accustomed themselves to free handouts from people — and we want to keep it that way!

“You’ll be happy to know that we have nice bears in the Big South Fork,” says Shane Kinsey, the park’s bear biologist. (Read More)