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Big South Fork Trail Lodge

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Seasonal outdoor pool
Seasonal outdoor pool
Desk, blackout drapes, iron/ironing board, free WiFi
Desk, blackout drapes, iron/ironing board, free WiFi

Overview of Big South Fork Trail Lodge

Big South Fork Trail Lodge

2.0 star property

3.6/5 Good

Top rated for staff & service (4.0/5)

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Parking included
  • Pet friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Bar
136 Bruce St, Stearns, KY, 42647

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationSomerset Community College3 min drive
  • Popular LocationYahoo Falls16 min drive
  • Popular LocationSplit Bow Arch Overlook19 min drive
  • AirportSomerset, KY (SME-Lake Cumberland Regional)42 min drive

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About this area


Located in Stearns, Big South Fork Trail Lodge is in the historical district and next to a golf course. Natural Arch Scenic Area is a local attraction and the area's natural beauty can be seen at Cumberland Falls State Park and Split Bow Arch Overlook. Kayaking, water tubing, and canoeing offer great chances to get out on the surrounding water, or you can seek out an adventure with mountain biking nearby.

What's nearby

  • Somerset Community College - 3 min drive
  • Yahoo Falls - 16 min drive
  • Split Bow Arch Overlook - 19 min drive
  • Cumberland Falls - 26 min drive
  • Natural Arch Scenic Area - 26 min drive

Getting around

  • McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) - 118 min drive


  • Dairy Bar - 4 min drive
  • Milton's Burger Hut - 5 min drive
  • Huddle House - 6 min drive
  • McDonald's - 6 min drive

About this property

Big South Fork Trail Lodge

Motel adjacent to a golf course
Take advantage of 9 holes of golf, a garden, and laundry facilities at Big South Fork Trail Lodge. Tee up with amenities like a golf clubhouse and a golf pro shop at this motel. Stay connected with free in-room WiFi, and guests can find other amenities such as a bar.
You'll also find perks like:
  • A seasonal outdoor pool
  • Free self parking
  • Golf cart on site, luggage storage, and a 24-hour front desk
  • Barbecue grills, tour/ticket assistance, and outdoor furniture
Room features
All guestrooms at Big South Fork Trail Lodge feature comforts such as air conditioning, as well as amenities like free WiFi.
Other amenities include:
  • Bathrooms with shower/tub combinations and free toiletries
  • 36-inch flat-screen TVs with cable channels
  • Refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee/tea makers


English, Filipino, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC)

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Social distancing measures in place
Contactless room service is available

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Masks and gloves available
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • Free secured, uncovered self parking on site
  • Free RV/bus/truck parking on site

Food and drink

  • 1 bar

Things to do

  • 9 holes of golf
  • Seasonal outdoor pool

Family friendly

  • Laundry facilities
  • Microwave
  • Pool gate
  • Refrigerator
  • Seasonal outdoor pool

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Golf cart
  • Golf clubhouse
  • Golf pro shop
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Tour/ticket assistance


  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Garden
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Picnic area


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • This property does not have elevators
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)


  • Designated smoking areas

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning
  • Bed sheets
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Heating


  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer (on request)
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Towels


  • 36-inch flat-screen TV
  • Cable channels

Food and drink

  • Champagne service
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Desk
  • Guidebooks/recommendations
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
  • Local maps
  • Restaurant dining guide

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91% of travelers were happy with check-in
Check-in from 2:00 PM - midnight
Early check-in subject to availability
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 11:00 AM
Late check-out subject to availability
Late check-out fee: USD 30

Special check-in instructions

Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation
If you are planning to arrive after 10:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets allowed for an extra charge of USD 10.00 per pet, per night
Service animals are welcome
2 per room
Restrictions apply; for more information contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
3 children, up to the age of 17 years, can stay for free if using existing beds when occupying the parent or guardian's room
Rollaway/extra beds are not available
Cribs (infant beds) are not available

Property payment types

Important information

Optional extras

  • Pet fee: USD 10.00 per pet, per night
  • Late check-out fee: USD 30 (subject to availability)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts credit cards and cash
Parties and events are allowed on site
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a security system
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

We should mention

This property does not have elevators
The seasonal pool will be open from May to September
Pool access available from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Reservations are required for golf tee times; reservations can be made by contacting the property prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms
Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section)

Property is also known as

Big South Fork Motor Lodge Stearns
Big South Fork Motor Stearns
Big South Fork Motor
Big South Fork Trail Stearns
Big South Fork Trail Lodge Motel
Big South Fork Trail Lodge Stearns
Big South Fork Trail Lodge Motel Stearns

Frequently asked questions

Does Big South Fork Trail Lodge have a pool?

Yes, this property has a seasonal outdoor pool. Pool access is from 8:00 AM–8:00 PM.

How much does it cost to stay at Big South Fork Trail Lodge?

As of Oct 2, 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Big South Fork Trail Lodge on Nov 2, 2022 start from $65.24, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.

Is Big South Fork Trail Lodge pet-friendly?

Yes, this property allows pets (limit 2 per room). There's a fee of USD 10.00 per pet, per night.

How much is parking at Big South Fork Trail Lodge?

Self parking is free at this property.

What time is check-in at Big South Fork Trail Lodge?

Check-in is from 2:00 PM - midnight. Late check-in is available during limited hours.

What time is check-out at Big South Fork Trail Lodge?

Check-out is at 11:00 AM. Late check-out is available for USD 30 (subject to availability).

Where is Big South Fork Trail Lodge located?

Situated in Stearns, this golf motel is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Somerset Community College and within 9 mi (15 km) of Split Bow Arch Overlook and Yahoo Falls. Cumberland Falls State Park and Cumberland River are also within 16 mi (25 km).

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Big South Fork Trail Lodge and receive a full refund?

Yes, Big South Fork Trail Lodge offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Big South Fork Trail Lodge cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.

Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 13 out of 49 reviews
5 - Excellent 27%
Rating 4 - Good. 19 out of 49 reviews
4 - Good 39%
Rating 3 - Okay. 7 out of 49 reviews
3 - Okay 14%
Rating 2 - Poor. 6 out of 49 reviews
2 - Poor 12%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 4 out of 49 reviews
1 - Terrible 8%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



3/5 Okay

Verified traveler
Traveled with family
Disliked: Cleanliness
Rustic no frills stay
This is a no frills place to stay which is what we were looking for however it wasn't very clean including the bedding, area around beds, and floor. Be sure to get all you need when they first ask you because it was difficult to reach or find someone after check in and find a need. Friendly people though
Stayed 1 night in Jun 2022

4/5 Good

Traveled with group
Liked: Staff & service, property conditions & facilities
The property is older but the owners were wert nice and accomadimg. They are making upgrades. The room and bathroom was clean .
Stayed 1 night in May 2022

4/5 Good

Traveled with group
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities
Older and dated but clean, warm, hot shower, good tv, etc. We stay every year on our hunting trip. Very friendly folks
Stayed 1 night in Dec 2021

3/5 Okay

Liked: Property conditions & facilities
Stayed 1 night in Oct 2021

2/5 Poor

Verified traveler
Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness
Disliked: Staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Great location but sort of worn and tired faculties. Staff service - none.
Stayed 1 night in Apr 2021

1/5 Terrible

Liked: Staff & service
Disliked: Cleanliness, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Stay away
We booked online, but once we checked out our room we asked and received a refund. It is a very rundown establishment and the room smelled heavily of smoke, even though all the rooms are smoke-free. The room had stains on the carpet and furniture. The employee was very nice and worked with us, but we just could not stay here and be comfortable.
Stayed 1 night in Feb 2021

3/5 Okay

Traveled with family
Stayed 3 nights in Nov 2020

4/5 Good

Verified traveler
Stayed 1 night in Jan 2021

1/5 Terrible

Verified traveler
Traveled with family and small children
Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Both beds in our room was covered in dog hair. There was also a large, loud dog kept inside that barked everytime we made any type of noise. Someone got robbed the same night we were there. Would not recommend, stay in your car before you stay at this place
Stayed 2 nights in Jan 2021

3/5 Okay

Linda T
Liked: Cleanliness, property conditions & facilities
Clean place
The room was very clean. Office was always locked. They gave us a number to call if you need anything. We needed towels and called. They brought towels to our room immediately. They keep a dog there that barks a lot during the day, but the dog was quiet at night. It’s a convenient place to stay if you’re riding the Big South Fork Scenic Railway.
Stayed 2 nights in Oct 2020