Historic Rugby Visitors Center & Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area1331 Rugby Parkway, Rugby, TN 37733
Only twenty minutes to the east of US-127 at Jamestown, along scenic state highway 52, you will find the tranquil and special village of Rugby high up on the Cumberland Plateau. Rugby is a place of unrivaled fusion between the cultures and people of Victorian England and rural Appalachia. Founded in 1880 by writer and social reformer Thomas Hughes, an Englishman who wrote Tom Brown’s School Days and other books, Rugby was envisioned as a wilderness Utopia. The goal was to have a classless agrarian society with all creature comforts and cultural offerings for its initial three-hundred residents.
Right in our backyard encompassing 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau is Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area protects the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries. The area boasts miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs, is rich with natural and historic features and has been developed to provide visitors with a wide range of outdoor recreational activities.
White water paddling, rock climbing, bouldering, back country camping and hiking. https://www.nps.gov/biso/index.htm