Land dedication ceremony and guided hikes scheduled for Aug. 25

By | August 2, 2018 8:01 am

Dry Creek Headwaters – Big Bottom (Photo by TOM WOOD)

Dry Creek Headwaters – Big Bottom (Photo by TOM WOOD)

Dry Creek Headwaters – Big Bottom (Photo by TOM WOOD)

Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation (TennGreen) recently acquired a 582-acre plot of land that includes part of the Bridgestone/Firestone Centennial Wilderness area, Dry Creek Headwaters, and Lost Creek State Natural. The acquisition is an effort to protect the Dry Creek Headwaters—a 582-acre property in the Mid-Cumberland Wilderness Conservation Corridor of Scott’s Gulf.

According to Stuart Carroll, Tennessee State Parks Park Manager 1, TennGreen initially purchased the 582-acre tract at the request of Open Space Institute (OSI) and the State of Tennessee.

“TennGreen purchased and held onto the property,” says Carroll. “While the state and Open Space Institute got its money in line.”

Around the time the land was acquired, it was decided that there would be a trail that will connect Lost Creek State Natural Area with Virgin Falls State Park. Construction for that trail is already underway. According to Carroll, the trail is scheduled to be completed by early October 2018.

“It’s about four and a half miles over to Virgin Falls from Lost Creek,” says Carroll. “Which is actually the same distance from the trail head at Scott’s Gulf Road, you can walk either from the Lost Creek end into Virgin Falls or you can walk in from the other side.”

Another important person who had a key part in the acquisition is Dr. Stephen Stedman, who donated money for the purchase of the land in memory of his late wife Barbara Stedman.

“Barbara loved wild places with wildflowers and wild rivers,” said Dr. Stedman during an interview with TennGreen Communications and Events Coordinator, Carolyn Rehm. “The beauty of natural landscapes and watercourses gave her joy throughout her life, furthering her desire to explore the features of our world. This gift to the Tennessee Parks & Greenways Foundation’s effort to conserve the Dry Creek property in perpetuity is made partly as a memorial to Barbara but is mainly intended to make it possible for those who come after us to enjoy this wild place. I know that Barbara would have loved the natural beauty of Dry Creek Headwaters and would have been pleased to be linked forever with it.”

A dedication ceremony for the tract of land has been scheduled for Saturday, August 25. The event is called Dry Creek Headwaters and Interior Dog Cove Land Dedication. The event is open to the public but organizers request that anyone wanting to attend to please RSVP through their website as the event will be catered by Longhorn Steakhouse and they need a head count. That website is There will be guided hikes following lunch at 12:30 p.m. The Caney Fork River hike has an unlimited capacity while the Birds and Butterfly hike and the Lost Creek Falls and Dog Cove both have limited capacity. Activities will start at 10:30 a.m. and are scheduled to last until 3:00 p.m. The dedication will begin at 10:30 a.m.

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