Get Out & Play: Hike to an iconic regional overlook

Carol EvansUncategorized

Now is the time to get out for an autumn hike to see the vivid colors of our region. There are lots of great destinations and views around town, but another special spot, the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, is just an hour and a half drive away and is home to amazing panoramic views.


Today, at 10 a.m., join a Big South Fork ranger to try an easy, 5.4-mile hike along the Chestnut Ridge Trail to the iconic John Muir Overlook. You’ll enjoy views of the Cumberland Plateau in its beautiful fall colors and steep bluffs overlooking what was once a thriving town.

Venture farther into the park, and you’ll find more amazing overlooks, natural arches unique to our area, massive sandstone bluffs, and abundant rock shelters – not to mention the powerful and scenic creeks and rivers.  There are more than 180 miles of hiking trail, 35 miles for mountain bikers, and about 200 for equestrians. You could truly spend weeks enjoying all the natural beauty Big South Fork has to offer.

Today’s organized hike is a part of a Healthy Hike series hosted by Big South Fork NRRA, which is a regular series geared to get you outside and experiencing the health benefits of outdoor recreation. The next one will be on Saturday, Nov. 18, so you have plenty of time to prepare.

When you do venture out, make sure to wear clothing in layers that are appropriate for the weather. Also bring water, snacks and any other trail comforts you might need or enjoy, such as hiking poles or a small backpack. Another great thing about this hike and Big South Fork in general is that well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome! Bring your pooch along for the view of a lifetime that’s not too far from home.

I hope this hike and the opportunities at Big South Fork will inspire you to get out and play this weekend, whether with this group or on an adventure of your own.

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