Oneida, TN (2018-04-01) In 2018, help us celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act. Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area contains 60 plus miles of the 319 mile Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail. Join a ranger Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the Rock Creek Loop trail head off Divide Road at 10:00 a.m. (ET) for a moderate to strenuous 7.1 mile hike along Rock Creek Loop. This loop overlaps part of the Tennessee section of the Sheltowee Trace Trail. This all day hike passes along the gently flowing Massey Branch and Massey Branch waterfall, as well as the wide clear bottomed Rock Creek. This is one of the only places in the Big South Fork area where the original railroad ties of Stearns logging railroad are still visible! Bring water, snacks, and lunch to enjoy. Well-behaved dogs are welcome; however, leashes are required. This is a great opportunity to work towards this year’s GO BIG challenge.
The Go Big 2018 Challenge is an all-inclusive, year-long, self-paced, park-wide event created to encourage you to go out and explore your park. This year’s theme is Rivers and Trails in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act and the 50th Anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. For more information, go to https://www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/go-big-2018-challenge.htm. Participants will earn points by answering questions about the nature and history of the park that will require exploration in search of site-specific information. Points will also be given for each mile hiked, biked, paddled, or equestrian-ridden, so you can get started today!!