Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

WMA Overview

Size: 30301 acres
Location: McCreary
Contact: Kentucky Ranger Station: (606) 376-5073, Park Headquarters: (423) 569-9778
Elevation: minimum feet, maximum feet.
Entrance GPS coordinates: Latitude N 36.6970, Longitude W -84.4800
Area Habitat: open land 5.34%, forest 93.00%, wetland 0.24%, open water 1.41%.

Regulations

Open under statewide regulations for all squirrel, furbearer, deer and turkey seasons. Open during quota elk hunts to person who possess the appropriate elk hunting permit.

Exceptions

Rabbit & Quail:
Nov. 1 - Dec. 31.

Grouse: Oct. 1 - Dec. 31.

Elk: Portions open during quota elk hunts to persons who possess the appropriate elk hunting permit.

Wild Pig: Open for wild pigs from the first Saturday in September through the end of February, but a National Park Service hog hunting permit is required at times. Call for specific dates. Permits may be purchased at park visitor centers or online at www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/hog-hunting.htm.

Night hunting for coyotes is prohibited.

Hunting is permitted except in those areas designated as safety zones. Safety zones are marked with yellow and red signs. In Kentucky, Yahoo Falls, Alum Ford Campground and River Access, Yamacraw Bridge, Worley River Access, Blue Heron Campground Area and Bear Creek Horse Camp are designated as safety zones.

Year-round seasons: Open under statewide regulations for groundhogs, English sparrows and starlings. No other species may be taken.

Directions & Description

US 27 south, then west on KY 92 to regional office in Stearns. Majority of area is in Tennessee and exceeds 55,000 acres. Extremely mountainous with steep cliffs, deep gorges. Camping, hiking near South Fork of Cumberland River; canoeing, fishing. Check with park staff about designated safety zones around high-use visitor facilities where hunting is not permitted. For map, additional information, contact Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, 4564 Leatherwood Road, Oneida, TN 37841; Owned by National Park Service.