Oneida, TN (2018-08-04) Earn points towards your 2018 GO Big patch by joining a park ranger on a one hour guided hike to one of the most interesting sandstone arches in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Split Bow. The hike begins at 10:00 a.m. (ET) on August 12, 2018 at the Bear Creek Overlook Trailhead. From Stearns, Kentucky, take Highway 742 (Mine 18 Road) and turn left onto Bear Creek Road (Ross Road). Take a slight right onto Tappley Ridge Road. Follow signs for Bear Creek overlook.
Split Bow Arch is unusual in that a narrow finger of the bluff split away from the main bluff. When large chunks of rock fell, a high, thin bridge was all that was left. This ranger-led hike is free of charge. The trail is only 0.7 miles and is rated easy/moderate but does contain a long set of stairs. Please wear weather-appropriate clothing and footwear and bring plenty of water.
The GO Big 2018 Challenge is a year-long, park-wide event designed to motivate visitors to go out and explore their park. Participants will earn points by answering questions about the park, becoming a volunteer, taking part in National Park Service programs and events as well as hiking, biking or paddling in the Big South Fork NRRA. If you earn 100 points, you will receive a GO Big 2018 Challenge patch, and awards will be given at the GO Big 2018 celebration on December 8. To learn more or to download your GO Big booklet, go to https://www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/go-big-2018-challenge.htm.