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Opened in 1937 as a coal mine, today the Blue Heron Mining Camp is one of the more interesting sites to visit in the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area in Kentucky.

With 417 sites in the National Park Service it can be a little difficult to keep up with it all. This list will help. You can also see where I've visited and read my stories about our national parks.

A gentle breeze blows through the open air cars as the diesel-electric locomotive slowly made its way along the Kentucky & Tennessee Railroad. It’s slow going through the lush forest with views of a stream nearby. A little less than an hour after leaving the station in Stearns, Kentucky we arrive at our destination: the […]

The Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area is big on scenic overlooks. They are scattered throughout the region between North Tennessee and Southeast Kentucky. But of all the overlooks perhaps the easiest the access with the best view is the East Rim Overlook near Oneida, Tennessee. After a short drive and even shorter […]

Throughout the vastness of the Big South Fork National Recreation Area (spread across Tennessee and Kentucky) you can find just about any type of outdoor activity you could enjoy: hiking, camping, kayaking, white water rafting, horseback riding, and beautiful scenic overlooks. But if you get tired of all the strenuous activities or if you’re just […]