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™“!
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. This is the 5th largest national park in the eastern United States, with a geographic makeup unlike any other in the East!
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.
World-class hiking? Check. Honey Creek Loop has been named one of the best hiking trails in America. Renowned equestrian trails? Check. Horseback riders come from across the South to ride here. Famous whitewater? Check. It’s one of the Top 10 whitewater destinations in the south. ATV trails galore? Check. Brimstone has been named America’s top destination for off-road enthusiasts. World-class mountain-biking? Check. The Big South Fork has the coveted “Epic” rating from the International Mountain Biking Association. Rock climbing? Check. It’s been called the “South’s last climbing frontier.” Visit our tourism website to see what adventures await you in the Adventure Tourism Capital of Tennessee!™