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Construction Projects at Fall Creek Falls State Park Include Renovated Campground and New Bridge

Monday, January 29, 2007 | 06:00pm

Pikeville, Tenn. – Fall Creek Falls State Park is pleased to announce that construction has begun on a major campground renovation and construction will begin shortly on a new bridge over Rock House Creek.

The campground renovation includes completely updating all 50 campsites in Area ‘A,’ including new electrical systems, adding sewer hookups where possible, and the replacement of the ‘A’ Area bathhouse. There will also be extensive work in Area ‘B’ to include work in and around bathhouse #3, and renovation to campsites 128-143. Several sites in each area will also be made handicap accessible.

The upgrades require the closing of all campsites in the areas where renovations are taking place for the duration of the construction phase of the project, which is expected to be complete in the fall of 2007. Campsites not affected by construction will remain open on a first come, first served basis. The park will not be able to accept camping reservations during the renovation process due to the large number of “reservation” sites that will be closed.

Unrelated to the campsite construction, the Tennessee Department of Transportation will begin work February 12, 2007 to replace the bridge over Rock House Creek on Highway 284 near the Fall Creek Falls Nature Center. State Highway 284 will be closed through the park for approximately two weeks. The North Entrance to Fall Creek Falls State Park will be closed during this time and park visitors traveling between Highway 111 and Highway 30 are encouraged to detour through Spencer or Dunlap/Pikeville to enter the park.

Fall Creek Falls State Park has been voted by visitors to be one of the top family destinations in the Southeast. Protected within its boundaries are beautiful waterfalls, tremendous canyons and dense forest. The park has a 250-site campground, a hotel and conference center and 30 cabins. It is located 40 miles south of Cookeville, and 65 miles north of Chattanooga, atop the beautiful Cumberland Plateau. For more information about the park and its activities, visit the Web site at www.tnstateparks.com/fallcreekfalls or call the Betty Dunn Nature Center at (423) 881-5708.

For more information contact:

Tisha Calabrese-Benton
Office (865) 594-5442

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