- Associated Press - Monday, January 4, 2016

ONEIDA, Tenn. (AP) - The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and the Obed Wild and Scenic River are observing Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with a night of free camping.

Free camping will be offered Jan. 18 at Alum Ford Campground at Big South Fork on the Tennessee-Kentucky border and Rock Creek Campground at Obed, as well as all backcountry permits.

The parks said in a news release that national park visitors will receive 16 days of fee-free camping in 2016 in celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th birthday. Other free days include April 16 to 24 to celebrate National Park Week, Aug. 25 to 28 to celebrate National Park Service Birthday, Sept. 24 to observe National Public Lands Day and Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day.

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