In the northeast corner of Tennessee is one of the most spectacular wild places in Southern Appalachia: Rocky Fork. The 10,000-acre watershed is home to the region’s cleanest water, rarest species, most secluded hiking and biking trails in the region, and a new state park. It also could be home to a controversial new RV park and road if park developers have their way. BRO takes a deep dive into Rocky Fork in the February issue.

But you don’t have to wait for the next issue to learn more about this haven of biodiversity and one of the last pristine natural areas in Appalachia. The Rocky Fork Watershed Almanac is a Facebook page and virtual journal that provides the latest information and updates about Rocky Fork, including this breaking news yesterday: Rocky Fork is being renamed Lamar Alexander Rocky Fork State Park in honor of the three-time Republican senator. You can read more about the new name and the reasons behind it here.

For more in-depth information about Rocky Fork, check out the new Rocky Fork Journal launched last week. It’s a go-to source for trails, wildlife, history, rare species, spectacular photography, and field notes from expert naturalists and explorers of Rocky Fork’s wild, rugged terrain.

Even if you never visit Rocky Fork, you’ll learn a ton from these resources about Appalachia at its finest.