GO BIG 2018 Safety Saturday: Backpacking & Hiking in Big South Fork

Oneida, TN (2018-09-16)  Celebrate the 25th annual National Public Lands Day with Ranger Tommy Safranek for our first in a series of “Safety Saturday” programs!  The first step to safely backpacking and hiking in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is to plan ahead.  That means to know your route, know the terrain and know things like trail conditions, stream crossings and food storage regulations.  Join Ranger Tommy on September 22 as he covers everything from where to place your sleeping bag in your pack, how to filter your water, to what to do when you encounter a bear.  This program begins at 7:00 p.m. (ET) at the Interpretation and Education Building which is located across from the Bandy Creek Visitor Center.  There’s no better way to celebrate National Public Lands Day than to learn how to recreate safely while you are enjoying them!

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 the 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 Rivers Act.  For more information, go to https://www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/go-big-2018-challenge.htm where you can download and print your GO Big Challenge booklet and get started today!