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Big South Fork River and Recreation Area

May 31 - June 6

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Volunteers will spend the week working on the Oscar Blevins Loop Trail and the West Entrance Trail. Work will consist of basic trail tread such as building water bars and reconstructing a small puncheon foot bridge. On the John Litton Loop workers will reconstruct a ladder. Tools will consist of handsaws, shovels, hammers, rakes, etc. No powered tools will be used. Chainsaws will only be used by certified staff members.


National Park Service


Car Camping Tent Sites


Day hiking up to 2 miles each work day

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Minimum Volunteer Age


Maximum Group Size


Area and Attractions

The Big South Fork National River and Recreation area encompass 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau. The park offers 400 miles of hiking, biking, horseback riding and multi-use trails. The area is home to several arches, beautiful overlooks, wildflowers and geological wonders. During the spring it is a photographers wonderland. The night skies are a star gazers dream. A concessionaire outside the park offers guided horse back riding trips into the park. Water activities include fishing, paddling and rafting.

Accommodations Description

Volunteers will camp at the Bandy Creek Campground, a front-country campground. There are bath houses with hot showers. The campsites have tent pads, cooking grills and picnic tables. Some pots, pans and utensils will be provided. Volunteers should bring their own tent, sleeping bag/sleeping pad, cup/bowl/mug/eating utensils, and personal gear.


Airport Pickup Provided from McGhee Tyson Airport. Airport pickup and dropoff times will be sent to registrants when the trip is confirmed.


Big South Fork River and Recreation Area
151 Stable Road, Oneida, Tennessee 37841 United States