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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.

Beautiful hike on a cold December day. Well worth it

Beautiful hike at the beginning of December. It was hard to follow the trail in a couple of places because the trail was blanketed with wet leaves

7 days ago

My daughter and I enjoyed the nice easy stroll. This trail has nice little water falls and you could swim in the river off a big rock. We enjoyed it!

18 days ago

Easy trail. Get the best views from the Angel Falls Overlook. Next time, I'd omit the Grand Gap Loop portion.

Absolutely stunning trail, I may be biased since I'm a geologist but the sandstone formations are gorgeous and you also have the arches. North arch is by far the more photogenic but they are both exceptional. The hike down to Charrit Lodge is well marked and well graded. The lodge was a great place to break for lunch as they have many picnic tables. The hike up through Jake's Place and back to the top was a fairly consistent uphill grade that never was strenuous.

The arches and around the arches were cool.

1 month ago

We completed this loop this past weekend, choosing to do the downward slope first. The views were beautiful, despite most of the leaves already fallen however the path was littered with fallen leaves which was good as the trail was often muddy at times, due to the recent rains.

We took photos of each campsite along the creek. There's also a campsite near the parking lot on your right as you are entering the trailhead.

Rock formations are beautiful, take the time to look around to see huge cliffs nearby. you are in a valley and there are some steep steps at times. Hiking poles are definitely a must!

Very diverse trail with all types of terrain. At times it can be tough to navigate. It took us around 6 hours to complete with a few stops along the way. We backpacked in and set up camp along the creek side. Beautiful park!

1 month ago

This is a fantastic trail and well maintained. We started clockwise but we didn’t have time to finish the entire loop. What we did see was worth it. It’s a bit of a drive but it’s worth it. Very peaceful, we saw tons of birds, mushrooms and the leaves were gorgeous. The hike along the creek is breathtaking. We went clockwise on the trail so it made for a pretty steep drop near the beginning into the gorge. I would recommend trekking poles. We are experienced hikers and we found them very helpful.

Really good for fall foliage

Beautiful hike!

I live close to the trail head and it’s my absolute favorite.

2 months ago

Incredible hike, incredible setting! It is a bit demanding — certainly not a trail for novice hikers, but it is the definition of natural beauty. Highly recommend!

Fun has a mix of challenges and entertaining for all.

2 months ago

Great trail to see so many of the beautiful wonders of the Cumberland Plateau and the surrounding areas. Nice day hike but an even better overnight experience.

2 months ago

Very nice trail. Quite flat, with only a handful of steep spot, all of them very short. Also well marked and most of the way it is wide enough for 2 side by side.
Several rock faces to walk under, some with falling runoff. Also a few large boulders. Half of the loop runs along a creek so there is a chance to refill water if you need it. Small falls near the halfway point.
It doesn’t offer scenic views unless you take the finger to the gap.
The farm is pretty cool from an historical standpoint. Most of the timbers in the barn were axe hewn, so it is largely original.
Overall a fun quiet hike. It was in the low 80s but most of the trail felt cooler than that. We went thought a liter of water each. Stepped over a 20”ish copperhead slithering across the path. Also saw a big pile of black bear scat that was maybe 24 hours old...so there is at least 1 best around there.

This was a fun loop. Easy trail to follow. We saw lots of interesting mushrooms, bear poop, coyote poop and had a fairly big copperhead cross our path. We only passed 2 people.

Outrageously beautiful!! Just spectacular and so totally awesome! Was an absolutely gorgeous day to hike!! (Labor Day ) There’s so much that I could say....you just have to go yourself-you won’t be disappointed!! The trail was pretty well marked with the exception of the last 2 miles-you must climb over and around the boulders to continue on the trail and finish up!

Well what can I say about this trail, nothing but good. My husband and I walked the whole loop and we saw everything from rock formations, streams with rapids, a beautiful flower garden with butterflies, and even a lodge with places to stay over night with a restaurant to eat at, halfway though the loop trail “ bonus”! It was well worth the hike even if we both were damn tried at the end. 

3 months ago

Great for an easy hike. We had 4kids ages 1-5. Only did 1/2 (about 2 miles) of the loop and then took the road back to the parked car. Falls were dry. Many other beautiful things to enjoy along the walk. Hot summer day, but the temp was perfect in the woods. As a side note, we saw a rattlesnake while driving to the trailhead.

While camping at Bandy Creek this week, I have done two partials and a full counterclockwise hike on this very nice trail. This morning I was joined by my four Shih Tzu companions in their dog stroller on the last third of the loop which was a hilly gravel road. Interesting old farm.

Nice trail but found it difficult to follow at times due to confusing branching of trails. Luckily, with this app was able to get back on track. Traveled counterclockwise and took a shortcut back via the metal latter to the overlook when I couldn't locate the rest of the trail.

It was amazing trail with the part we saw but we got to ice castle falls part going north, and got completely lost couldn’t find any trails or where markers. Super sad we didn’t get to finish. Any body have any wisdom please let us know .

Overgrown path , loads of spider webs slippery rocks -
Beautiful trail along a riverside

Over all good trail, easily marked and only some small elevation changes. beautiful falls at the end. It rained on and off for two days before my trip. Great flow and amazing sound.

4 months ago

Breaktaking experiences of caves, patterned rocks, and mountain views.

4 months ago

Awesome hike. Saw two little bears about a half mile into the trail. There are so many amazing sights along the trail and the terrain keeps changing. You’ll cross streams, crawl through little caves and scramble over boulders. There’s so much to see we spent six hours out there. Bring a lot of drinks and you can’t put on enough bug spray.

If you follow this map, you hit Princess Falls about halfway through. If you continue to follow it, it ends at Lick Creek Falls. You actually get three waterfalls on this trail counting the small Julia Lynn Falls.

Needed a break from really frigid weather these past three weeks. What a delightful, well-marked/maintained trail with natural arches to see. Today, 25 Jan. 2018, was clear blue @ low 50's. Highly recommend this trail and other area trails to refresh your soul.

Diverse trail and the twin arches are stunning!

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