19 miles, 10.2 miles designated a Kentucky Wild River, rapids up to Class III & Class IV rapids depending on water level, several take outs, flows through Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
The Big South Fork of the Cumberland River is one of the most popular paddling destinations in the southeastern region of the country. This stretch flows for 19 miles, and 10 of those miles have been designated a Kentucky Wild River. There are options for overnight, wilderness floats that will include Class III, and potentially Class IV, rapids or shorter half day floats on calm water. Fishing is good throughout the river, with smallmouth bass being one of the most targeted species. Native walleye also inhabit certain stretches of the Big South Fork. There are plenty of choices for campgrounds nearby, seeing as the river flows through the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.