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Twin Arches, Encountering Bears Within The Big South Fork N.R.R.A.

Twin Arches, Encountering Bears Within The Big South Fork N.R.R.A.

 

 

 


Length | To Arches 1.4 miles | Loop 4.6 miles

The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is a true treasure within the National Park system. Although actively managed, a lot of effort is made to keep this 120,000 acre park, stretching from southeastern Kentucky into northeastern Tennessee, as primitive and wild as possible. This is...


Hazard Cave, Home to The Rare Glow Worm Found Only In The Appalachians

Hazard Cave, Home to The Rare Glow Worm Found Only In The Appalachians

As I mentioned in our first article on Hiking to Indian Rockhouse, I wanted to focus on my 3 favorite trails at Pickett State Park. You can’t hike a bad trail here, as each one takes you through some incredible terrain. Just when you thought you’ve seen the best canyon views from atop a cliff, another trail leads you to a breathtaking arch spanning the parks lake, or one of the largest rock shelters you’ve ever been in. While the immediate trails closest to the parks center are moderately difficult, the trails on the perimeter can wander off 10 miles towards rarely seen waterfalls and steep canyon drop offs.

Natural Bridge, Hike Through Caves and Over Cliffs To See Pickett State Parks Famous Arch

Natural Bridge, Hike Through Caves and Over Cliffs To See Pickett State Parks Famous Arch

This is it, the third and final trail on our list of favorite hikes at Pickett CCC State Park. Our first hike led us to the largest stone shelter in the park, Indian Rockhouse. The second hike led us to Hazard Cave, one of the only places in the world where you can see rare glo worms, found only in the Appalachians. Finally our last and final hike here leads to an expansive arch found on the side of a cliff, known as Natural Bridge. 

Indian Rockhouse Trail, The Largest Rock Shelter In Pickett State Park

Indian Rockhouse Trail, The Largest Rock Shelter In Pickett State Park

 

As summers balmy weather began to move in this June, I started searching for a destination to spend a long weekend visiting, preferably somewhere with a cool mountain breeze. While doing some research, I came upon a little known State Park in the Upper Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee with a lot of promise. Known as, "Tennessee's Best Kept Secret”, Pickett CCC Memorial State Park lies a few miles south across the Kentucky border, within the Pickett State Forest and adjacent to Big South Fork National Recreation Area and Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural...


Big Bone Lick State Park, A Look Into Our Prehistoric Past

Big Bone Lick State Park, A Look Into Our Prehistoric Past

 Big Bone Lick State Historic Site is one of the most scientifically important sites in American history, that most people have never even heard of. These wetlands, nestled in a bend just a few miles from the shores of the Ohio River, in Boone County, Kentucky is the birthplace of modern vertebrate paleontology on the North American continent. Vertebrate paleontology is the subfield of paleontology that seeks to discover, through the study of fossilized remains, the behavior, reproduction, and appearance of extinct animals with vertebrae. 

 

Early bone...