• Glowing sunset view from overlook - Photo by Jason Barnett Photography

    Big South Fork

    National River & Recreation Area KY,TN

Blue Heron Ghost Train

Ghost Train 2011 reduced

drawing by Park Ranger Sue Duncan

Ride the Blue Heron Ghost Train to an abandoned coal camp surrounded by the dark hills of Kentucky. The Ghost Train is in September on the Saturday after Labor Day at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Enjoy an exciting night time train ride round trip to the Blue Heron Coal Mining Community and Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. There is a train fare for this activity. Advanced train reservations are recommended. You may contact the Big South Fork Scenic Railway at 800-462-5664 or 606-376-5330 or visit www.bsfsry.com. People wanting to drive their own vehicles may do so by taking Highway 742 from Stearns.

Bring a flashlight and be prepared to walk a short distance. Hear chilling tales from the hills and hollows of the Cumberland Plateau. There is no fee to attend the program at Blue Heron. For additional information call 423-286-7275 or 606-376-3787.

Did You Know?

Devils Jump Rapid is just below the site of the proposed dam.

In the 1960's Congress requested the Army Corps of Engineers to study the feasibility of damming the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River just above the Devils Jump Rapid to create another reservoir. Had that happened Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area would never have existed.