A great place to play…
With the 125,000-acre Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area on our west side, and the 140,000-acre North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area on our east side, and Daniel Boone National Forest, Pickett State Park and Frozen Head State Park all within short driving distance, outdoors recreation opportunities abound in Scott County. It doesn’t take long to see why Scott County is “The Adventure Tourism Capital of Tennessee”!
Discover Big South Fork
The Big South Fork NRRA is the highlight of those opportunities. The Big South Fork of the Cumberland River has been recognized as one of the nation’s Top 10 whitewater rivers, and there are more than four hundred miles of hiking and equestrian trails. The BSF and its tributaries attract walleye, largemouth and smallmouth bass, and catfish anglers, and the surrounding recreation area is one of the few national parks to permit hunting. Wildlife viewers will find whitetail deer, wild turkey, redtail hawks, black bears and an occasional bald eagle.
Besides the publicly-owned recreation destinations, Scott County also features Brimstone Recreation, 20,000 acres of ATV trails and other recreation opportunities. Brimstone has been named by one national publication as America’s top off-road destination.
Established in 2007, Brimstone Recreation encompasses almost 20,000 in the Cumberland Mountains just outside Huntsville, Tenn. From trails that ford New River — one of the two main tributaries of the Big South Fork — to trails that crest the peaks of the mountains, Brimstone is a true off-road paradise in the wilds of the Cumberlands.
One thing is for sure: You’ll absolutely fall in love with this place
— Britt Owen, Michigan
A number of events attract visitors throughout the year, including the Big South Fork’s annual Spring Planting Festival and Haunting in the Hills, Brimstone Recreation’s White Knuckle Event and SxS showcase, Trails End Campground’s Full Throttle and Ridin’ Dirty events, the Museum of Scott County’s Heritage Festival, and the Town of Huntsville’s Firemen’s Fourth Celebration.
Tourists and visitors will find a wide range of accommodations to suit their needs, whether they want to lodge the modern way, the rustic way or the primitive way. In addition to hotels and cabin rentals, the Big South Fork NRRA and Brimstone Recreation have popular campgrounds and permit backcountry camping. Check out Trails End Campground as well!
Check out our tourism website for more information, or contact us by calling 423.663.6900.