GO BIG 2017 Healthy Hike: Honey Creek Loop, May 5

Oneida, TN (2018-04-30) Immerse yourself in what was once designated as a “pocket wilderness” while you disconnect from your stressful routine.  Take some time to concentrate on your own self-care and personal fitness as you take in the relaxing smells, sounds, and sights of nature.  In support of the GO Big 2018 Challenge, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be conducting a healthy hike along the Honey Creek Loop trail on Saturday, May 5, at 9:00 a.m. (ET).  Join a ranger at the Honey Creek Loop trail head parking lot for a strenuous 5.7 mile hike.  Honey Creek Loop holds some of Big South Fork’s most rugged terrain, and it will take your breath away with its beauty.  Enjoy large magnificent rock formations, refreshing waterfalls, and the unique feeling of being engulfed by the forest.  You will be using your hands and knees to maneuver through parts of this trail as it meanders through the creek, so you may get wet.  Bring water, snacks, lunch, and wear appropriate shoes and clothing for a safe and comfortable adventure!  This hike is worth 23 points toward the GO Big 2018 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 Trail System Act and the 50th Anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic River 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!