Bandy Creek Campground Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
Bandy Creek Campground is a central hub in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. The grounds include 181 tent, trailer, and group camping sites. Each features your standard fire rings and picnic tables along with access to restrooms and showers. The trailer sites offer water and electrical hookups. But the only sewer access is found at the dump station.
Big South Fork straddles the Tennessee and Kentucky state lines in a particularly remote section of wilderness. As such, it is home to black bears. Campers need to take care in storing their food and other potential bear bate such as toothpaste.
A note on alcohol: the final approach to Bandy Creek Campground travels through Scott County, Tennessee. This region is known as a “Moist County” where access to liquor is limited. If you want a 6-pack of beer, a bottle of wine, or a shot of the stronger stuff, make your purchases ahead of time. Save the last-minute hunt for a local liquor store.
Bandy Creek Campground is part of a developed recreational complex. Along with the standard restroom facilities and other campground amenities, the sites are within walking distance of a swimming pool, volleyball court, playground, game fields, and the Bandy Creek Visitors Center and Stables.
Big South Fork and Nearby Activities
Much of Tennessee is typified by rolling green hills. Yet, Big South Fork boasts dramatic rock outcroppings and canyons carved by the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River. We recommend hitting some of the scenic trails. Our favorites are Angel Falls Overlook Trail and the Twin Arches Upper Loop Trail.