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1 Visitor Study Fall 2012 Natural Resource
Visitor Study Fall 2012 Natural Resource Report NPS/NRSS/EQD/NRR2013/671 http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/index.cfm perc

2 ent of visitor groups consisted of famil
ent of visitor groups consisted of family groups. State of residence United States visitors were from 21 states and comprised among non

3 -resident visitor groups were to visit t
-resident visitor groups were to visit the park (55%) and visit friends/relatives in the area (9%). and within the park inside Big Sout

4 h Fork NRRA or in the area (within 50 mi
h Fork NRRA or in the area (within 50 miles of the park). Of the visitor groups that stayed inside the park, 58% stayed one or two nightsa

5 nd 52% RV/trailer/ tent camped in a deve
nd 52% RV/trailer/ tent camped in a developed campground. Of the visitor groups that stayed in the area, 62% stayed one or two nights, and

6 62% stayed in a lodge, hotel, rented co
62% stayed in a lodge, hotel, rented condo/come, cabin, or B&B. Length of visit and ranger at Big South Fork NRRA Appendix 2. Additiona

7 l Analysis. A list of sample questions f
l Analysis. A list of sample questions for cross-references and cross comparisons. mid with lows in the 60s and highs in the 80s F. No

8 major The results indicated that there
major The results indicated that there is a potential nonresponse bias. The results in this report need to be interpreted with cautions.

9 See Appendix 3 for more details on the
See Appendix 3 for more details on the non-response bias checking procedures. Table . Comparison of respondents and non-respondents by

10 a Age (years) 51.99 (N=474) 44.72 (N=23
a Age (years) 51.99 (N=474) 44.72 (N=239) 001 Group size -respondents p-value (chi-square) Alone 64 (14%) 65 (24%) Family 244 (52%) 14

11 2 (52%) Friends 86 (19%) 50 (19%) Fa
2 (52%) Friends 86 (19%) 50 (19%) Family and friends 72 (16%) 14 (5%) Results 51% of visitor groups were in an organized grou

12 p with 31 or more people Results Visit
p with 31 or more people Results Visitors from Tennessee and adjacent states were from 119 counties and comprised % of the total U.S. vi

13 sitation to the park during the survey p
sitation to the park during the survey period. 13% came from ScottCounty, TN (see Table 8). 11% came from Fentress County, TN. Sm

14 all proportions of visitors Figure 11.
all proportions of visitors Figure 11. Year of first visit to Big South Fork NRAA Number of visits to park in lifetime Question 24d Fo

15 r your personal group on this visit, how
r your personal group on this visit, how many times has each member visited Big South Fork NRRA up to date (including this Note: Response

16 was limited to seven information they
was limited to seven information they needed prior to their visit Big South Fork NRRA Big South Fork NRRA fit into your 65 comments)

17 Reason Number of times mentioned America
Reason Number of times mentioned American Endurance Ride Conference 22 Horseback riding 15 Camping 5 Railroad at Stearns 5 Horse camping 4

18 comments) Reason Number of times mentio
comments) Reason Number of times mentioned Train ride Results Five percent of visitor groups indicated Mart Supercenter 1 Oneida, TN F

19 ood 1 Poplar Ridge Road closed, gate rel
ood 1 Poplar Ridge Road closed, gate relocated 1 Stearns, KY RestaurantYahoo Falls Restrooms porta-potty was available due to Entertai

20 nment 1 Not clear in Oneida 1 Only one s
nment 1 Not clear in Oneida 1 Only one sign after I-40 exitOnly when we were within 10 miles did we see first Only saw park entrance sign

21 s 1 Public entry/park area designation 1
s 1 Public entry/park area designation 1 1 Trail to Ledbetter Trailhead poorly marked in some areas 1 Results 58% of visitor groups st

22 ayed one or two nights inside Big South
ayed one or two nights inside Big South Fork NRRA (see Figure 29). 42% three or more nights. Figure 29. Number of nights spent insid

23 e the park Question 5b If YES, please
e the park Question 5b If YES, please list the number of nights your personal group stayed in the Big South Fork NRRA area (within 50 mi

24 les of the park). Results 62% of visi
les of the park). Results 62% of visitor groups stayed one or two nights in the area outside the park (see Figure 30). 39% stayed th

25 ree or more nights. Figure 30. Number
ree or more nights. Figure 30. Number of nights spent in the RV/trailer/tent camping in a developed campground 26% Horse camp 19% Back

26 country camping Other types of acco
country camping Other types of accommodations (3%) were:Field for endurance ride Number of hours if less than 24 future, in which act

27 ivities would your personal group prefer
ivities would your personal group prefer to participate 30 0 0 10 17 73 Trails 207 1 4 Service/facility N Very Poor Average Good Very go

28 od Assistance from park staff providi
od Assistance from park staff providing for public enjoyment. How important is protection of the following resources/attributes in the

29 park to resources and attributes includ
park to resources and attributes included: 95% Clean water 94% Scenic views 93% Natural features 453 1 2 14 36 47 Educational opportuni

30 ties 438 3 10 28 32 27 Native plants 451
ties 438 3 10 28 32 27 Native plants 451 2 4 16 32 46 Native wildlife/fish 450 1 3 13 30 53 and the surrounding area (within 50 miles of

31 the park). Results 51% of visitor g
the park). Results 51% of visitor groups spent $1-$200 (see Figure 46). 26% spent $201 or more. The average visitor group expen

32 diture was $204. The median group exp
diture was $204. The median group expenditure (50% of groups spent more and 50% of covered by expenditures. Results 58% of visitor g

33 roups spent no money (see Figure 50).
roups spent no money (see Figure 50). 30% spent $1-$100. The average visitor group expenditure inside the park was $ % of visitor gr

34 oups spent no money on horseback riding
oups spent no money on horseback riding guide fees and charges outside one interaction and dialog with park personnel Radio Television F

35 igure 71. Visitor groups that were inte
igure 71. Visitor groups that were interested in learning about the cultural and natural history/ features of Big South Fork NRRA Table T

36 able 27 shows the topics of additional p
able 27 shows the topics of additional publications visitor groups would like available on a future visit. Figure 73. Visitor groups int

37 erested in items for purchase on a futur
erested in items for purchase on a future visit comments; some visitor groups made more than one comment) TopicNumber of times mentioned A

38 rea history 9 Trail maps Outdoors 1 Park
rea history 9 Trail maps Outdoors 1 Park historyPhotography 1 River 1 Rock formations 1 Smaller pocket trail maps 1 Stories 1 Wild plants

39 Table (continued) Comment Number of ti
Table (continued) Comment Number of times mentioned FACILITIES/MAINTENANCE (continued) More developed camping areas 2 More hiking trail

40 s 2 Paved bike trails 2 Other comments 5
s 2 Paved bike trails 2 Other comments 51 3 Other comments 5 INTERPRETIVE SERVICES (2%) Loved Ghost Train event 2 Other comments 5

41 FACILITIES/MAINTENANCE (13%) 2 Oth
FACILITIES/MAINTENANCE (13%) 2 Other comments 20 POLICY/MANAGEMENT (10%) Keep it natural 5 Continue to protect and preserve the l

42 and 4 Continue to allow dogs 2 Did not l
and 4 Continue to allow dogs 2 Did not like questions on race/ethnicity 2 Access to trails via trailheads, food and overnight lodging with

43 in the park boundaries. o Activities fo
in the park boundaries. o Activities for young and mid age 12 Better trails o Better trails management o Bike and canoe rentals, make pav

44 ed bike trails o Bluegrass music cookout
ed bike trails o Bluegrass music cookouts o Buildings are too industrial - not very pleasing to the eye. Any originality to the original s

45 tructures of old home places have been r
tructures of old home places have been reduced to steel beams. o Cabin rentals, more special events/programs to that area. o Clean restroo

46 ms and signs on trails Continue managing
ms and signs on trails Continue managing trails to entice groups o Continue work on horse trails, tear out concrete tie stalls at station

47 camp as this is the #1 reason horse peop
camp as this is the #1 reason horse people don't come back to station camp. o Continued trail maintenance and seeing that horse traffic do

48 es not negatively impact water quality (
es not negatively impact water quality (trail crossings) o Cultural, developed educational opportunities o Detailed information including

49 correct distances on each trail and mil
correct distances on each trail and mileage between trails and sites More and larger horse parking. BSF is too large to ride from any one

50 area. Most local and many horse camps h
area. Most local and many horse camps haul out to the No commercialization maintain trails and facilities o No houses on hiking trails (

51 mud/damage), open trail system to ATV/OH
mud/damage), open trail system to ATV/OHV Enjoyed the train ride and the views of the river and coal business o Enjoyed thoroughlyEnjoymen

52 t. As always the visit was great. I woul
t. As always the visit was great. I would like to see all the fields mowed. The dead trees Grand gap trail - just wonderful o Great fun o

53 Great park, glad it is available. o Gre
Great park, glad it is available. o Great place o Great place and I enjoy it very much o Great place I live o Great time TKS o Great time

54 ! o Great time! o Greatly enjoyed the tr
! o Great time! o Greatly enjoyed the train ride! o Had a wonderful time o Had great time and will be coming back! Good job rangers! o Hat

55 e to see that vandalism has shut the res
e to see that vandalism has shut the restrooms down at Yahoo Falls. Wish there was a way to stop this. o I am a property owner just outsid

56 e the park in Spruce Creek. Many friends
e the park in Spruce Creek. Many friends come up from time to time to camp and ride. o I am disappointed to see the gate relocated on Yell

57 ow Face Trail. When my family donated la
ow Face Trail. When my family donated land for Yellow Face Trailhead, the NPS agreed that the road would remain open as a multi use to the

58 gates original locatio Low water press
gates original locatio Low water pressure at campgrounds, too much gravel for horses feet. Love the campgrounds entertainment; I live n

59 ext to park and play music. People enjoy
ext to park and play music. People enjoy good old-fashioned mountain music. Have more of it! o Please continue to allow dogs in the BSFNRR

60 A, that is one of the main reasons we ch
A, that is one of the main reasons we choose to come here over the Smokies. o Please continue to provide horse camps and horse trails and

61 don't restrict riders from being in the
don't restrict riders from being in the forest and around the waterways. We will come and spend money. o Please don't add rocks to horse t

62 rails o Please fix the walk bridge! o Pl
rails o Please fix the walk bridge! o Please make a better map of the horse trails. Everything else was great! o Please separate hiking an

63 d horse trails. It is miserable to try a
d horse trails. It is miserable to try and hike on a trail which has been The horseback trailheads are currently too few/small for the am

64 ount of use. Frequently a ride is cancel
ount of use. Frequently a ride is cancelled due to lack of available space. o The last time we rode train it didn't stop at Barthell. It d

65 id the first time I had ever rode it. Wo
id the first time I had ever rode it. Would like for it to do that again. o The less people the better. We don't want it to be like the Sm

66 okies, overpopulated. o The maintenance
okies, overpopulated. o The maintenance of trails for horses were the best I have ever seen! Very educational and professionally presented

67 o Very enjoyable o Very enjoyable visit
o Very enjoyable o Very enjoyable visit. One of our favorite places to visit in the southeast! o Very friendly ranger o Very good, the ki

68 ds (9 of them) enjoyed it. So did the ni
ds (9 of them) enjoyed it. So did the nine adults. o Very impressed on advancements this trip, to park o Very nice park. We drove motorhom

69 e there and didn't have transportation t
e there and didn't have transportation to trailheads This questionnaire is only being given to a select number of visitors, so your partic

70 ipation is very important. It should onl
ipation is very important. It should only take about 20 minutes after your visit to complete. When your visit is over, please complete th

71 is questionnaire. Seal it in the postage
is questionnaire. Seal it in the postage-paid envelope provided and drop it in any U.S. Postal mailbox. If you have any questions, please

72 contact Lena Le, NPS VSP Assistant Direc
contact Lena Le, NPS VSP Assistant Director, Park Studies Unit, College of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 441139, University of Idaho, Moscow

73 , Idaho 83844-1139, phone: 208-885-2585,
, Idaho 83844-1139, phone: 208-885-2585, email: lenale@uidaho.edu. We appreciate your help. Sincerely, 5. Drop it in a U.S. Postal mail

74 box. Paperwork Reduction Act Statem
box. Paperwork Reduction Act Statement: The Paperwork Reduction Act requires us to tell you why we are collecting this information, h

75 ow we will use it, and whether or not yo
ow we will use it, and whether or not you have to respond. This information will be used by the National Park Service as authorized by 16

76 U.S.C. 1a-7. We will use this informatio
U.S.C. 1a-7. We will use this information to evaluate visitor services cooperatively managed by Big South Fork National River and Recreati

77 on Area. Your response is voluntary. You
on Area. Your response is voluntary. Your name and address have been requested for follow-up purposes only. At the completion of this coll

78 ection all names and personal informatio
ection all names and personal information will be destroyed and in no way be connected with the results of this survey. A Federal agency m

79 ay not conduct or sponsor and you are no
ay not conduct or sponsor and you are not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB Cont

80 rol Number. We estimate that it will tak
rol Number. We estimate that it will take an average of 20 minutes to complete the survey associated with this collection of information.

81 You may send comments concerning the bur
You may send comments concerning the burden estimates or any aspect of this information collection to Lena Le, NPS Visitor Services Projec

82 t, College of Natural Resources, Univers
t, College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho, P.O. Box 441139, Moscow, ID, 83844-1139; email: lenale@uidaho.edu. 4 Big Sout

83 h Fork National River and Recreation Are
h Fork National River and Recreation Area Visitor Study Your Visit To Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area NOTE: In this que

84 stionnaire, your personal group is defin
stionnaire, your personal group is defined as anyone with whom you are visiting the park, such as a spouse, family, friends, etc. This doe

85 s not include the larger group that you
s not include the larger group that you might be traveling with, such as a school, church, scout, or tour group. 1. a) Prior to this visit

86 , how did your personal group obtain inf
, how did your personal group obtain information about Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (NRRA)? Please mark () all that

87 apply in column (a). O Did not obtain in
apply in column (a). O Did not obtain information prior to visit ! Go to part (b) of this question O O O O Newspaper/magazine article

88 s O O Social media (such as Facebook, T
s O O Social media (such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.) Other, future visit (Specify) ___________________________ Visit Big South Fork

89 NRRA O Visit other national/state/loc
NRRA O Visit other national/state/local public lands O Visit other attractions in the area O Visit friends/relatives in the area O B

90 usiness O Just passing through to anoth
usiness O Just passing through to another destination O Other (Please specify) _______________________________________ 5. a) On this tr

91 ip, did your personal group stay overnig
ip, did your personal group stay overnight away from home inside Big South Fork NRRA or in the area (within 50 miles of the park)? O Yes

92 O No ! Go to Question 6 6 Big South For
O No ! Go to Question 6 6 Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area Visitor Study b) If YES, please list the number of nights y

93 our personal group stayed inside Big Sou
our personal group stayed inside Big South Fork NRRA and in the local area (within 50 miles of the park). Number of nights inside Big So

94 uth Fork NRRA Number of nights in Bi
uth Fork NRRA Number of nights in Big South Fork NRRA area (within 50 miles) Climbing O O Fishing O O Hiking/walking O O Horseback

95 riding/wagon riding O Overnight backp
riding/wagon riding O Overnight backpacking O O Participating in Junior Ranger programs O O Picnicking O O Stopping at scenic overlook

96 s O O Park website: www.nps.gov/biso
s O O Park website: www.nps.gov/biso used before or during visit O Bicycling opportunities O Most affordable O Hiking/campin

97 g opportunities O Scenery O Historical
g opportunities O Scenery O Historical/cultural resources O Special events O Water sport opportunities (rafting, canoeing, kayaking, et

98 c.) O Other (Please specify) ________
c.) O Other (Please specify) _______________________________________ 14. Overall, how would you rate the quality of the facilities, s

99 ervices, and recreational opportunities
ervices, and recreational opportunities provided to your personal group at Big South Fork NRRA during this visit? Please mark () one. Ve

100 ry poor Poor Average Good Very good O
ry poor Poor Average Good Very good O O O O Resource/attribute Not at all important Slightly important Moderately important Very imp

101 ortant Extremely important Backcountry
ortant Extremely important Backcountry O O O O O Clean air (visibility) O O O O O Clear night sky O O O O O Clean water O O O O O Cultur

102 al landscapes (including historic farms
al landscapes (including historic farms and historic buildings) O O O O O Developed recreation facilities (campgrounds, trails, etc.) O O

103 O O O Educational opportunities O O O O
O O O Educational opportunities O O O O O Native plants O O O O O Native wildlife/fish O O O O O Natural features (such as the gorge, arch

104 es, streams) O O O O O Natural quiet/sou
es, streams) O O O O O Natural quiet/sounds of nature O O O O O Recreational opportunities O O O O O Scenic views O O O O O Solitude O O O

105 O O just for this trip to Big South
O O just for this trip to Big South Fork NRRA. Expenditures a) Inside Big South Fork NRRA b) In the communities within 50 miles Spen

106 t no money () O !! Go to (b) Americ
t no money () O !! Go to (b) American Indian or Alaska Native O O O O O O O Asian Appendix 2: Additional Analysis The Visitor Serv

107 ices Project (VSP) offers the opportunit
ices Project (VSP) offers the opportunity to learn from VSP visitor study data through value is greater than 0.05, the differen Therefore

108 , the hypotheses for checking non-respon
, the hypotheses for checking non-response bias are: 1. Respondents from different group types are equally represented 2. Respondents a

109 References Dey, E. L. (1997). Working w
References Dey, E. L. (1997). Working with Low Survey Response Rates: The Efficacy of Weighting Adjustment. Research in Higher Education,

110 38(2): 215-227. Dillman, D. A. (2007).
38(2): 215-227. Dillman, D. A. (2007). Mail and Internet Surveys: The Tailored Design Method, Updated version with New Internet, Visual,