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Encompassing 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area protects the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries. The area boasts miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs, is rich with natural and historic features and has been developed to provide visitors with a wide range of outdoor recreational activities.

hiking
2 days ago

super easy trail but great none the less.

Middle Creek trailhead is a 3.4 mile loop for hiking. It is well marked, and has rock houses along the trail. There is one spot where you need to do a little rock navigation. No area to really stop and have lunch. Beautiful scenic road from Monticello. No GPS.

This trail had it all, very rugged back country! Ladders, bridges, climbs, rocks, creeks, wild flowers! we did see a copper head on this trail as well as bear marks in some mud so no doubt you are in bear country! Lots of caves along the way as well! We loved this hike and it had just the right amount of challenges.... not too hard but very rewarding views! We will definitely do this one again!

backpacking
14 days ago

Went counterclockwise on this one, took us right around 4 hours. Very fun trail with a little bit of everything - rope climbs, rock scrambles, waterfalls, etc. Not a boring hike at all. I was concerned about getting lost judging by existing reviews, but there were few times we were doubtful about where we were headed, other than that it was good. The last mile we really started feeling it! Would definitely do again though, with more water.

backpacking
19 days ago

Awesome hike! The farm was really neat. However, the trail is not marked very well. It does make it a bit confusing at times.

hiking
28 days ago

Loved this trail. The rock transformations were awesome.

Loved it! 4.5 hours counterclockwise which we really recommend. Two rope-assisted steep declines - better down vs up. Very cool rock features. I'd recommend for kids 10+ and I'm looking forward to bringing my girls as they will enjoy the rock scrambles and creek walks. Great family activity!!

Our favorite hike so far. Words can't describe how amazing this trail is.