Burgess Falls reopens
Posted By Sparta Live | April 18, 2002 12:00 am
Kim Swindell Wood
Budget crunches in the state financial situation led to the closure of several state parks in Tennessee, but last week, officials announced some parks would be temporarily reopened. Burgess Falls State Park, located in White County was among the selected group to benefit from the decision.
State Representative Charles Curtiss said the state legislature actually funded the parks last year, but the attorney general ruled the legislators did not have the authority to say the parks could remain open.
“When the governor saw we didn’t have revenue, he chose to close the parks,” said Curtiss. “But, he operated within his right.”
Burgess Falls State Park is characterized by sheer bluffs, narrow ridges, rolling water and abundant mixed forest. The Falling Water River runs through the area, providing breathtaking scenery and numerous waterfalls. The area is a natural sanctuary and is protected by state law.
The park is currently open for day use only, from 7 a.m. until sundown. There will be someone at the park on a limited basis to answer phones Reservations will not be taken until adequate staffing is in place. For information call 931/432-5312.