Big South Fork: Truly A Four Season Park

Majestic views and unfathomable nature welcomes you at the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. You’ll find something to do year round with multiple activities available during any season. From stargazing, to hiking, to water activities, there is something for everyone all year long at Big South Fork.

winter hike in the snow by a stream


Most winter days at the Big South Fork are in the mid 40s to mid 50s. If you're lucky enough to be visiting after the park is covered in a beautiful blanket of snow, then do yourself the favor of getting out and doing some winter hiking. Horseback riding is also a great way to enjoy the beautiful winter landscape without having to work up too much of a sweat.

whitewater rafter paddling through rapids


Get out on the water in the spring to enjoy the many water sporting activities available at the Big South Fork. You can enjoy a relaxing and quiet canoe ride or test your nerve while traversing over some of the best white water rapids available. Hiking is also very common during the spring as the plants begin to wake up and show off their colorful new growth.

good places for dark sky viewing during the summer time in Tennessee


The summer months are a wonderful time of year at the Big South Fork. You’ll discover plenty of things to do from mountain biking the trails to taking a swim to escape the heat. You can also try your hand at fishing or enjoy the warm nights underneath the stars with beautiful views of the night sky.

fun place to go rock climbing in Tennessee


Many visitors flock to the Big South Fork area in the fall to see the majestic fall colors. You’ll be able to enjoy the changing of the season along with taking hikes on top of freshly fallen crisp leaves. Rock climbing is also popular sport and many climbers enjoy scaling multiple climbs throughout the park.

Every season is a great time of year to visit the Big South Fork! So visit often and appreciate all that the Big South Fork area has to offer.