Scott’s Gulf bluff-line part of purchase
By Sparta Live | June 30, 2008 12:00 am
Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation recently purchased 689 acres, including three miles of stunning bluff at Welch’s Knob in Scott’s Gulf, near Fall Creek Falls.
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the Tennessee Heritage Conservation Trust Fund are providing funds for the purchase. The land will be transferred Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency and open to the public for hiking and hunting. The 689 acres overlooks 10,000 acres that was previously donated by Bridgestone Firestone in 1998 and 2000.
On July 26, several area residents gathered at the bluff for a special dedication of the land.
Scott’s Gulf is a deep gorge carved by the Caney Fork River. Fall Creek Falls is a deep gorge carved by Cane Creek. The Foundation is working on the Fall Creek Falls to Scott’s Gulf Corridor project, and this is the fourth acquisition.
In 1998, the Foundation helped purchase 420 acres at Buzzard’s Roost that is now included in Fall Creek Falls State Park.
In 2002, the Foundation purchased 194 acres in Scott’s Gulf.
In 2007, the Foundation purchased 1,988 acres in Scott’s Gulf.
This year, the Foundation purchased 689 acres, including the most impressive view in Scott’s Gulf. Fall Creek Falls and Scott’s Gulf are now connected with a corridor of protected land.