at Fall Creek Falls State Park
Have you ever stood on the edge of the precipice known as Buzzard’s Roost? That’s the best place to appreciate the uninterrupted view called Millikan’s Overlook in Fall Creek Falls State Park. However, if dizzying heights bother you, you can also view it from a platformed deck along the scenic gorge drive in the middle of the park.
Our Conservation Story
“When TennGreen heard that 419 acres were for sale in the middle of Fall Creek Falls State Park, in the middle of the dramatic Cane Creek Gorge, it stepped forward to help protect this property,” said John Sheahan, founding Chairman of TennGreen.
The 419-acre tract was privately owned and split the park, dividing 16,000 acres from the 2,900 acres that the state had purchased in 1992.
The Buzzards Roost property was one of the state’s top priorities to add to Fall Creek Falls State Park, and the state made previous attempts to purchase it. However, prior negotiations with the landowner were unsuccessful. TennGreen negotiated a purchase price from the landowner and then contacted The Conservation Fund and requested its help to secure the property. The Conservation Fund subsequently purchased the property at the request of TennGreen.
Now, the vista at Buzzard’s Roost and Millikan’s Overlook is forever protected. The 419-acre hole in the middle of Fall Creek Falls State Park, one of Tennessee's most visited state parks, is no longer a hole on the map dividing its two ends, threatening one of the most photographed and scenic vistas in Tennessee. Now, just as it looks when you stand on Buzzard’s Roost, the entire gorge is seamless, divided only by the meanders of Cane Creek and the silent flight of a lone buzzard.