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Guided hike to examine prehistoric Big South Fork

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ONEIDA, Tenn. (AP) - Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is offering a guided hike to examine fossils and prehistoric environments.

The Saturday tour will be led by park geologist Chad Harrold from Leatherwood Ford to the Angel Falls.

The 125,000-acre park on the Cumberland Plateau was made up a shallow sea and beach environment more than 300 million years ago. Hikers on the tour will be able to see fossils, minerals and coal seams and discuss paleoenvironments.

Visitors planning to participate in the hike are urged to wear sturdy shoes, prepare for weather and bring water. The hike is about 2 miles each way. Photography is encouraged.

Leatherwood Ford is located between park headquarters and Bandy Creek on Leatherwood Road.