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1. Posted by MattXIII (Full Member 272 posts) 11y

Any ideas how i could get from Knoxville to Jamestown in Tennesse?
I've gotta get a flight from the UK over to an airport as near to the Big South Fork National River as possible, then somehow get to the park.
I can't drive there and it looks as though Greyhound don't go there.

Cheers!

2. Posted by MattXIII (Full Member 272 posts) 11y

Please? Even a few names of coach companys in the US or something?

3. Posted by larondey (Full Member 105 posts) 11y

Hey! I live in North Carolina, just over the mountains from Tennessee. Your best bet is taking the Greyhound Bus from Knoxville to Crossville (just south of Jamestown). From Crossville, hire a taxi to take you the rest of the way. The taxi will be an expense (around $30-40), but without a great public transportation system in the USA, this is what you've got to do to get to those little country towns in rural America!

James

4. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Matt, where exactly do you need to go? And what airport would you be arriving at? If you get me that info, I will make some phone calls for you to find out which is the best way to get there. There are several companies but it is always better to call them personally. I will do the leg work for you but tell me your arrival plans (when and where).

5. Posted by MattXIII (Full Member 272 posts) 11y

That rocks dude cheers!
$40 is about how much we pay over here to get to the local nightclub, so it'll be worth it for 4 months of national park duty

Thanks my freind!

6. Posted by larondey (Full Member 105 posts) 11y

Hey man- glad I could help! -James

7. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Matt, got your PM, I am looking into it so I will keep you posted...I should have an answer today or tomorrow at the latest.

8. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Ok Matt, I have a few things. I called the Big South Fork National River Headquarters in TN and I spoke with the person in charge of placements. Her name is Henrietta. I told her that someone I know from England received a placement starting May 15th. She assured me that if a placement had taken place, she would be the one to know about it and she isnt aware of one right now.

Her name is Henrietta in Human Resources (Headquarters), her number is 1-423-569-9778. She suggested you find out who you spoke with to be sure you are arriving where you are supposed to.

As far the transportation, Knoxville is the nearest airport and the park is about 1 1/2 hours from there. They told there isnt any transportation at all, no buses, no nothing near the park. The only way to get there is by car and there is no "in-between" point between the park and the airport where you can pick up the rest of the ride.

Someone there said to me, maybe someone from the park can pick you up at the airport. That could probably be worked out. I got some numbers for the local car services that can probably take you there. You may need to get a private car service to the park which may not be cheap but may be the only way. Here it is:

Shuttle Company Phone Number

Chariots of Hire 865-522-8108
Executive Van and Limo 865-671-2509

Company Phone Number

AAA Taxi 865-531-1930
A-1/Cloud 9 865-414-4371
Connections Taxi 865-856-8126
A-Plus Taxi 865-970-0016
Fenway Taxi 865-414-8283
Gold Cab and Limo 865-919-0001
Odyssey Airport Taxi 865-973-6212
or
865-384-5129
Overland Taxi 865-970-4545
Sunshine Taxi 865-310-7047
Tennessee Taxi Service 865-919-0728
International Taxi/Internet Taxi 865-607-8732

If you get me the info on who you have been dealing for the placement, I will make the phone calls for you again. Let me know and good luck!

Also, some car rental companies allow drivers 21 or over to rent. The problem is having to pay for the car the entire time there when you may not be using it every day. Thats another option.

9. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 11y

I went camping last year at Big South Fork, and it's beautiful! Camp on the KY side--it's less crowded. Really, the only viable option to get in and out is to drive, I'm sorry to say. The park is really remote, and while the highways are good, it's well off the interstate and a good distance from a city of any size (namely, Knoxville). Hitchhiking is illegal, but if you're out in the park, I wouldn't be surprised if someone offered to give you a lift if you asked.

If you don't mind, when are you going?

10. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 11y

We've been talking about heading back down there to go camping again (my fiancee's family is from Knoxville and Chattanooga). If we're down there, we'd be glad to help out.