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Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area Activities

A wide variety of recreational uses are promoted at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Whitewater rafting, canoeing and kayaking are popular in the spring months while canoeing and canoe camping on non-whitewater sections are available all year. Swimming is available at the Bandy Creek Pool. Hundreds of miles of hiking and horse trails exist, with backcountry permits required for overnight camping. Developed campgrounds and primitive lodging exist. Mountain biking is allowed on bike trails, horse trails and 4-wheel drive roads. Hunting and fishing are allowed in season with appropriate state licenses. Scenic overlooks are located in both the Tennessee and Kentucky portions of the park

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