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.
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 two 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 publication as the nation's top off-road destination.
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, 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 our tourism website for more information, or contact us by calling 423.663.6900.