Big Stony

Hanging-RockThe portion of Big Stony Creek (Mountain Fork) and its tributaries within the Jefferson National Forest from the outlet of High Knob Lake downstream to the confluence of Chimney Rock Fork and Big Stony Creek is CATCH AND RELEASE only for trout.

Big Stoney Creek flows from one of the larger mountains in Scott County called the High Knob. The highest point in the County is there at a place called Camp Rock which was a Native American camp site, at 4100 feet elevation. Some of the Native trails and traces followed Big Stoney Creek across the mountain because it is the easier route because of where the creek has formed it’s path. Most of the stone in the area is sedimentary sandstone, and much of it is conglomerate. The conglomerate rock is made up of lager stones cemented together by a finer grain of sandstone, and the larger stones are called “clasts”.

These clasts are normally very smooth because of being rolled around in water and sand before the sedimentary rock was formed. Some of the other stone that is common in the area is a very dark black shale that is in very fine layers and will flake apart like pages of paper. Here at this site is an example of where water and sand have cut a deep groove into the bedrock of the creek. When the creek is in it’s normal stage and not flooded, all of the water of Big Stoney Creek flows through this channel. If the creek is flooded do not attempt to enter it.