A few photos from Sunday’s first (and perhaps annual) BSF Vintage Train Fest at Oneida City Park. The festival centered around the arrival of a steam excursion train from Chattanooga. Some 438 passengers made the trip along the Norfolk-Southern tracks up the Cumberland Plateau, enjoying a two-hour layover at Oneida City Park while the train — pulled by a vintage 1904 steam locomotive — was turned, refueled and prepared for the return trip to Chattanooga.
The train comes into view around a bend as it enters the Oneida depot Sunday afternoon. Photo: Paul Roy, Independent Herald.
Checking out Oneida from the Southern No. 630. Photo: Paul Roy, Independent Herald.
The 630 crosses the massive New River train bridge on its way back to Chattanooga. Photo: Debbie Russ.
Festival-goers check out a team of horses owned by Big South Fork Adventures (and used to pull a stagecoach at Sunday’s festival). Photo: Stacey Kidd, Scott County Chamber of Commerce.
November’s featured destination on DiscoverScott.com is Twin Arches. Individually, these massive sandstone arches are among the largest natural arches in the eastern United States. Together, they represent one of the largest natural bridges in all the world!
Plan a hike to Twin Arches today, before the last of the fall colors are gone!
On Nov. 10, Scott County will welcome some 400 passengers aboard a steam excursion train from Chattanooga. They will lay over at Oneida City Park for two hours and be well-fed and well-entertained by the Scott County Chamber of Commerce’s BSF Vintage Train Fest. All the details here!
Do you like trains? Do you like steam trains? Well, we’ve got something exciting for you! Keep checking back for details, but you’ll definitely want to plan a Sunday this fall around Scott County, Tennessee!
A big thank you to our friends at Knoxville NBC affiliate WBIR-TV for giving us a little time on Live At Five At Four on Thursday to promo Sizzlin’ September. The Scott County Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee’s Brandon Hughett reps:
Are you looking forward to bringing your road bike to Scott County for our Big South Fork Bluegrass & Bikes Festival in September? Good news! The bike routes have been unveiled, complete with route descriptions and Google maps. Check them out on our website, bluegrassandbikes.com.
We’re only about a week away from the start of August . . . which means we’re only about five weeks away from Sizzlin’ September in Scott County! The Tennessee Department of Tourism is taking notice, highlighting the upcoming action-packed month on its website, tnvacation.com:
The Scott County Chamber of Commerce and its partners are gearing up for a busy September to kick off the fall season on the northern Cumberland Plateau.
A three-day ATV/SXS Roundup at Brimstone Recreation will take place Aug. 30-Sept. 1. The event will include concerts, guided trail rides, open trail riding, mud bogs, and much more.
Big South Fork Bluegrass & Bike Festival will be held Sept. 7 at Oneida City Park. The event will feature road tours for motorcyclists and road bikers, while the main stage at City Park will be offering up great music throughout the day, with shade tree pickers featured at the nearby gazebo. A number of local and regional talent will perform and the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band will headline.
The Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area will host a pair of interpretive events this weekend for visitors.
On Saturday, July 27, visitors will have an opportunity to see a live corn snake and a live black rat snake during a back porch program at the Bandy Creek Visitors Center. Participants will become more familiar with these misunderstood reptiles, and learn what precautions to take while participating in outdoor activities, what to do when they see snakes, and what to do if bitten.
The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be held in the interpretation and education building beside the visitors center.
At 7 p.m. Saturday, people of all ages can head over to the campfire circle at Bandy Creek Campground to learn how to keep safe while hiking in areas with potentially dangerous wildlife. Visitors will learn what to do if they encounter wildlife such as bears and snakes.
The campfire circle can be found by entering the campground and turning left towards Area A. Across the road from the swimming pool parking lot, a trail leads to the campfire circle.
In the event of inclement weather, the program will be held in the interpretation and education building.
For more information about the events, contact the National Park Service at 423-286-7275.