Archive for March, 2017

Watch National Park Services Breathtaking Big South Fork River and Recreation Generations Video

Monday, March 20th, 2017

On the Cumberland Plateau of northeastern Tennessee there exists a place of wild beauty. In the spring, soft rains bring the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area to bloom. In summer, the park echoes with the calls of wildlife in the night and even glows in the dark. Fall brings an explosion of color under autumn skies. In winter, snowy trails provide quiet solitude. Across four seasons, Generations follows visitors and locals as they explore the rich history and ecology of the park’s sprawling 125,000 acres, proving you’re never too young or old to set off on an adventure. Watch Now

Spring is Here at the Airpark

Monday, March 13th, 2017
Spring is one of the most stunning times of year at the Airpark; join in on the fun and book a tour today! Your days will consist of relaxing around one of our outdoor fireplaces and exploring Big South Fork’s endless forests, gorges and sandstone bluffs. Take an ATV ride to the overlook or hike to a local waterfall and experience the beauty of Big South Fork Airpark.We invite you and your family to come and stay at our Welcome Center and see what it would be like to live with your plane!
Spring Activities at the Airpark
 
Hiking— Hundreds of miles of trails greet hikers in the Big South Fork NRRA.
Biking — Mountain biking is an expanding sport in the Big South Fork NRRA.
Horseback Riding — From the Big South Fork NRRA to the North Cumberland WMA, equestrian riders will find expansive trail riding opportunities.
ATV Riding — Brimstone and the North Cumberland WMA are recognized as a top ATV destinations in the nation.
Fishing — Smallmouth, musky and walleye await in the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River.
Hunting — Hunt deer, turkey, elk and wild boar in Scott County.
Wildlife Viewing— Elk, black bear, bald eagles and warbler songbirds are among the wildlife found in Scott County.

Gas Savings for all our Friends Going to SUN’n FUN! Fuel up at BSFA on the way to SUN ‘n FUN and Get a $1 OFF EACH GALLON!*

Monday, March 13th, 2017
We want everyone to attend SUN’n FUN, so we are offering free gas to make it easier! Choose to fill up at Big South Fork Airpark on the way to SUN’n FUN to receive a gas voucher for $1 off every gallon of fuel. To redeem voucher simply fill up at KSCX on the way to Lakeland! Must call – (877) BSF-Park or email to schedule fill up.
* Must redeem at KSCX – Expires April 10th, 2017 – One voucher per plane – Must Schedule Fill Up – Must have voucher to redeem fuel – Discount limited to 100 gallons.
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SUN’n FUN – April 4-7
Big South Fork Airpark will once again be an exhibitor at Sun’n Fun Fly-In held in Lakeland Florida. 2017 brings one of the most exciting airshow schedules ever seen at SUN ‘n FUN! This event showcases products like jet teams, aerospace related exhibits, educational forums, aircraft static displays, professional gatherings of aviation and economic development groups and many more in the business services, railway, shipping & aviation industries. Stop by booth A-77, and see what’s new at Big South Fork Airpark! See you then!

Lee Brice is Coming to Oneida, Tn!

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 10.09.48 AMHUNTSVILLE, Tenn. — Country music heartthrob Lee Brice will headline the 2017 White Knuckle Event, it was announced late Tuesday.

Brimstone announced on its Facebook page Tuesday that Brice will be the featured performer at the weekend-long event, which is held each Memorial Day weekend. Brice will take the Yamaha stage on Saturday, May 27.

One of the hottest acts in country music, Brice has seen his last seven singles reach the Top 10 on the country charts, dating back to 2011. Four of those singles went all the way to No. 1.

A noted songwriter in Nashville, Brice has been performing for a decade, and has never failed to chart a single. He gained notoriety with “Love Like Crazy,” which went to No. 3 on the charts in 2009.

In 2011, Brice began his string of success, when “A Woman Like You” became his first No. 1 hit. He had two more No. 1 songs the following year, “Hard to Love” and “I Drive Your Truck.”

After “Parking Lot Party” peaked at No. 6 on the charts in 2013, Brice topped the charts again in 2014 with “I Don’t Dance.” That same year, his “Drinking Class” peaked at No. 2 on the charts.

Brice’s most recent single, “That Don’t Sound Like You,” peaked at No. 10 in 2015.

Brice has released three studio albums, including 2012′s Hard 2 Love, which was certified gold. His latest album, I Don’t Dance in 2014, reached No. 1 on the U.S. country charts and sold nearly 250,000 copies.

The 37-year-old South Carolina native has also had songs recorded by Garth Brooks (“More Than a Memory”), Blake Shelton (“You’ll Always Be Beautiful”), Kenny Chesney (“Seven Days”), the Eli Young Band (“Crazy Girl” and “I Love You”) and many more.

White Knuckle Event is billed as the Woodstock of ATV events, and is one of the nation’s premier festivals for off-road enthusiasts. It is centered around the Vanderpool Event Area on River Road in Huntsville, and Brimstone’s 20,000 acres of trails and resort lands are open for riders during the event. Tickets will go on sale soon at www.whiteknuckleevent.com.

How Bronco Overlook Got Its Name

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

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Step out onto the unprotected outcropping at Bronco Overlook and you’ll be treated to one of the most spectacular views in the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area.

You’ll see the craggy rock outcroppings that stand sentry over the mouth of Mill Creek, a rugged drainage that serves as a watershed for much of the south side of Station Camp Road from Williams Creek Road to the horse camp. You’ll see much of the gorge that encases the Big South Fork River between the big bend just below the John Hawk Smith Place and the Station Camp crossing. And, far below, you’ll see the river itself.

One thing you won’t see is the overlook’s namesake — a twisted, now rusting hunk of metal that rests at the base of the cliff. It’s obscured by trees and growth, which have long since healed from the scars that were left when the Ford Bronco plunged through them on its way to its final resting place some 30 years ago.

Historically, the ridge that ends at this rock outcropping was known as Sheep Ridge. Most folks who grew up in the area still call it that, and the road that runs the length of the ridge is still known as Sheep Ridge Road.

But Bronco Overlook earned its new name in the mid 1980s, when someone rolled a Ford Bronco II over the cliff.

The national park was still in its infancy in those days; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was just completing its park-building tasks and preparing to turn the 125,000-acre national river and recreation area over to its sister agency, the National Park Service.

Only a few years before, this ridge was privately-owned. The view from the rock outcropping was just as magnificent, but it was not free for all. A log home was perched on the edge of the cliff, owned by MP Estes. The house was destroyed when the federal government began buying up land in the area in the 1970s, but part of its concrete foundation can still be seen at the end of Sheep Ridge Road, where horseback riders tie off their horses before stepping out onto the overlook.

At some point after, someone drove the Bronco to the overlook, rolling it over the edge of the cliff. It tumbled to the forest floor below, landing upright but destroyed.

No one seems to remember exactly who rolled the vehicle over the cliff — or even if their identity was ever known. Donny Kidd, who has spent his entire life around the Station Camp area, recalls that it was stolen from North Carolina. (Read More)