Big South Fork and Obed Waive Some Fees for Veterans’ Day

Oneida and Wartburg, TN (2015-10-26) Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and Obed Wild and Scenic River will be observing Veteran’s Day on Wednesday, November 11 by offering free overnight camping.

Superintendent Niki Stephanie Nicholas has authorized one night of free camping at the Alum Ford Campground (Big South Fork) and Rock Creek Campground (Obed) as well as for all backcountry permits in recognition of the service and sacrifice of U.S. veterans.

Alum Ford Campground, located on the Big South Fork, offers a serene camping experience near the edge of the BigSouthForkRiver on the Kentucky side of the park.  There are six campsites with grills, picnic tables, and lantern hooks as well as accessible vault toilets.  The Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail also passes through this campground.

Rock Creek Campground, located on the Obed, offers riverside camping spots near the spectacular Emory River.  There are 11 campsites with grills, picnic tables, and lantern hooks as well as a brand new vault toilet facility.  The campground also connects with the Emory River Nature Trail and the Cumberland Trail.

On Veterans Day, or any day, you can honor those that have served and sacrificed for our country with a visit to a national park near you.  More information can be found at

For further information on the parks, call the Big South Fork’s Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275 or the Obed Wild and Scenic River Visitor Center at (423) 346-6294.