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Day Hikes in The Big South Fork

Waterfall near O&W bridge

The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area encompasses 90 miles of scenic gorges, dense forests, and free-flowing river. The main gorge was formed by the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River. The Big South Fork has numerous waterways or river sections for kayak, canoe and rafting trips. Below is a table outlining most of the options.


Trail Miles Description Rating
Angel Falls Overlook


Leatherwood Ford to Angel Falls overlook. Scenic overlook 450 foot elevation gain. - Map


Bandy Creek to Angel Falls Overlook
Scenic overlook with views of big South Fork River. Bluff's up to 200' High Great Views. - Map
Angel Falls
Walk along the slightly rolling river trail. Plenty of parking with Picnic Tables, Restrooms. - Map
Twin Arches
Largest natural bridge in Tennessee. - Map
Slave Falls
Slightly rolling trail to really nice falls. High bluffs, natural bridge, wildflowers, rockhouse.
O & W Railroad Bridge
Walk along the slightly rolling river side trail. High bluffs, wildflowers rapids.


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