FALL CREEK FALLS
Fall Creek Falls State Park is one of Tennessee’s most visited state parks. Named after the highest free-falling waterfall east of the Mississippi River—the 256-foot Fall Creek Falls—the park is home to a variety of activities, with more than 56 miles of trails, caves, overlooks, and waterfalls.
Our Conservation Story
In early 2019, TennGreen purchased two significant inholdings of Fall Creek Falls State Park on behalf of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). These two properties, which total around 27 acres on the northwest side of the park, were areas of interest to TDEC for decades. Prior to TennGreen’s acquisition, both tracts were privately-owned and the landowners planned to sell them at auction. However, in order to ensure that these lands would be available to the public, the landowners agreed to work with TennGreen directly.
Acquisition of these forested lands, located near the meeting point of Camps Gulf Branch and Cane Creek, will protect wildlife corridors and enable parks staff to more effectively maintain the park’s boundaries and highly-used amenities.
Breaking apart large forested corridors harms wildlife and air and water quality by isolating populations of flora and fauna and increasing edge effects. Thanks to several generous partners and supporters, these corridors are no longer in danger of being split further or developed in ways that harm wildlife and the scenic beauty of the wilderness that draws millions of visitors to the park.
This expansion of Fall Creek Falls State Park represents one of TennGreen's many successful partnerships with the State of Tennessee to protect lands in the Scotts Gulf region. Since 1998, TennGreen has assisted in the conservation of more than 8,000 acres—including Buzzards Roost and the Cane Creek Crusher Hole in Fall Creek Falls State Park, Welch’s Point, and Virgin Falls State Natural Area.
TennGreen is grateful to Dr. Stephen Stedman, Gloria & Ted LaRoche, Ann & Clark Tidwell, Louise Gorenflo & Dennis Gregg, and Nita Whitfield for their generous contributions to this project.
“This acquisition will protect water quality and scenic views in the Camps Gulf area. It will also protect habitat in this important area of Fall Creek Falls State Park where both state- and federally-listed endangered species have been documented. TennGreen is grateful for its partnership with the State of Tennessee to protect the beauty and natural assets of the Upper Cumberland for current inhabitants and future generations to enjoy.”
—Steve Law, Executive Director of TennGreen
“Fall Creek Falls is already a natural gem. We are grateful to TennGreen and the landowners for making this wonderful expansion possible. This is an excellent example of what partnerships like this can achieve, and I’m excited that we are adding this beautiful forested area to a park that is already such a special place.
—David Salyers, Commissioner for TDEC