Blue Heron Campground

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Size: medium
Fee: yes
Accommodations: 45 sites
Amenities: Bath house, electricity, potable water, waste disposal
Open April through November
Ownership: National Park Service, BSFRRA

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The quiet, shady Blue Heron Campground is a short hike or drive from an open-air museum, the Blue Heron Mining Community. The exhibits bring to life the community that operated a coal mine along the river from 1937 until 1962. A restored bridge crosses the Big South Fork and gives hikers wonderful overlooks along the river. A six-mile hiking loop begins near the campground to access the museum. During summer weekends, a passenger does day excursion from the NPS Stearns visitor center to the museum.

Bridge across Big South Fork
Blue Heron Mining Community exhibit
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