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Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Stearns, Kentucky - Kentucky’s Southern Shorelines

100 Henderson St.
Stearns, KY 42647

5.5 miles, looped, descends steps to base of arches or travels along top of North arch for easier descent, North & South Arch both seen along this trail
  • Hiking

One of the most popular destinations for adventure seekers in the Southern United States, Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area has something to offer everyone. The area itself is split between both Kentucky and Tennessee. Some of the best paddling in the country can be found at Big South Fork with seasonal class V rapids. Bear Creek Horse Camp is located on the Kentucky side of Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. It provides developed campsites for 23 equestrian users. Each site has tie-outs for four horses, and plenty of amenities to keep campers and horses comfortable. Located on Bear Creek Road west of Stearns, it provides easy access to miles and miles of trails within Big South Fork. The International Mountain Bike Association has recognized five trails in the Big South Fork as EPIC mountain bike destinations. This is the first national park to receive this designation, and shows the quality of single track available in the Big South Fork. Be sure to take care to use proper food storage while camping in the area due to black bears also being present. Being a national recreation area, means that sportsmen also have opportunities to pursue numerous game species within the Big South Fork. Fishing is also popular on certain stretches of the river, and offers great action for small mouth and trout in particular. Big South Fork's picturesque landscapes provide unbelievable backdrops as you pursue your favorite outdoor passion.