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Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

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Address: Williamsburg, KY
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Mountains, cliffs, gorges and forests: the natural beauty of the landscape...

Mountains, cliffs, gorges and forests: the natural beauty of the landscape in this national park is hard to beat.

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Pleasant fall afternoon

Had wanted to take the train ride for several years. We finally did. It was even nicer than I expected.It was a beautiful fall day with great views along the way.The old mining... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 October 2016
Diana O
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Had wanted to take the train ride for several years. We finally did. It was even nicer than I expected.It was a beautiful fall day with great views along the way.The old mining town where the train takes you is really neat. They give you an hour and a half to explore.Great views here also.There is a gift shop and... More 

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Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

Went on a hike to find Yahoo Falls which was an easy hike. We went the first week school was in for the area so it was quiet as my family were the only people and a Ranger walked around. The falls is beautiful as well as the hike

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1 Thank MrMurphy05
Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

What a wonderful trip! The leaf peeping was phenomenal! Kids had a great time on the train ride and we loved the views!

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Thank ShelbyJeanG
Florence, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

This is a lovely nature area with a river for swimming, history, and trails including twin natural arches that are better than Natural Bridge in more northern Kentucky.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016

Drove all over the place. Had poor directions from gps, people, even post office. After many miles, we finally gave up. Overall the area is lovely, but we were really disappointed. So glad the kids were not with us.

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Thank 376elainev
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016 via mobile

We called to see what time we needed to be there for the rafts and the lady said, "Can I call you back in ten minutes, I need to check on that." She had already told us they do indeed have the farts there and that they were open. When she calls back a few minutes later, she said We... More 

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Williamsburg, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015

I live within one hour of the Big South Fork NRRA. Some of the greatest horse back riding trails east of the Mississippi River. The old mining community and train ride is well worth the trip.

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Mount Juliet, Tennessee
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2015

I wish I had more time so I could have given it a better higher rating. They are still recovering and cleaning up after some heavy flooding a few weeks ago. Mud up to ankle in places where boardwalks were. Steps in some places covered in water. I did enjoy the park and would like to at some point go... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2015

I have been here only a couple times, but I enjoyed it every time, I like to be outside in the woods...

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Thank Scott F
Corbin, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2015

I love the scenery.Really beautiful ride thru mountainous,forested area.And the "mining town",gift shop and museum are unique.

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