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Old 02-17-2009, 07:44 AM   #1
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Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

Link to the National Park Service web site for BSF

There are 2 main areas if you're thinking of RV camping there.
We have only visited the northern camp ground known as
Blue Heron camp ground.
It is a nice spread out camp ground. We pull a "smallish" trailer
and can park in most any of the sites. Every site has electric hookup
and there is a decent bath house. I can't remember if they have
water at each site or not. I'm sure their website will tell you that.

The Blue Heron mining camp is also near there.
If you are the least bit interested in the history of coal mining in Appalachia
you don't want to miss that!!
The park service has built steel "frames" that resemble the old cabins
and school that used to be there when it was a working mine.
They have interviewed as many of the old folks as they could find
and also photographed them. They took the photos and blew them up
to full size and placed them in the "buildings". You can walk to any
of them and push a button and the "residents" will speak and tell you
their memories of living and working there.
It's kind of spooky and neat all at the same time.

There is great hiking in the area and a scenic train ride in season.

Here is a link to a chat group that I belong to with several more photos
of BSF.;cat=3

Camp ground reservations are recommended in season especially on weekends or holidays.

If you stay in this area, don't miss Yahoo Falls. It is the highest waterfall
in Kentucky!!
It is awesome and an easy hour drive from Blue Heron area.
If you are serious about hiking & sightseeing the area I suggest the
National Geographic trails map
It also includes the Yahoo Falls area. It shows roads and trails
to help you navigate the area.

PS. Last spring my wife and I were visiting the Blue Heron mining camp.
We had just crossed the old coal tipple rail road bridge and were going
to hike the trail on the far side of the gorge.
Right at the beginning of the trail they park service had placed some
board planks over a muddy section of the trail.
These boards were old and wet and VERY SLICK. My wife took about
3 steps on the wet wood and slipped off and broke her ankle!!!
I had to carry her piggy back style from that location all the way
back across the bridge and down the path to the parking lot!
Needless to say that ended our visit for that year.
Do be very cautious of any wet wood you encounter along the
trails whether it is roots, tree branches or board planks.
Wet wood is treacherous.

We still love the area and will be back!
Happy Camping!

Dan & Rita D
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Old 02-17-2009, 09:44 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear about your wife breaking her ankle...hopefully it healed fine.
Thanks for the info on Big South Fork...we are really looking forward to spending time in the area. I've also ordered the trail map through the link you great to have to pre-plan some hiking.

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Old 02-17-2009, 10:35 PM   #3
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I hiked Honey Creek Loop last year and it was a nice hike. hope to do Twin Arches soon. Enjoy the area. It's a really cool place.
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