CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A new welcome center that will be called the "gateway" to the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is in the works.
Although the location of the proposed center in Crossville is miles away from the park gates, officials said it is close to Interstate 40, where thousands of cars pass daily.
The Crossville Chronicle and WBIR report that the center be run by Cumberland County officials. It would be located near the Roane State Community College campus, which is about 70 miles from the actual park.
Big South Fork encompasses 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee and Kentucky and protects the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River.
Big South Fork officials said they would support a welcome center by adding park rangers.
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