State Rep. Paul Sherrell, R-Sparta, is proud to announce that $27.8 million in state funding has been secured to create the Scott’s Gulf Wilderness State Park in White County.
The new park will connect three significant state natural areas around Virgin Falls to allow for greater access to recreation on state-owned land while also improving visitor safety and resource protection.
“Scott’s Gulf Wilderness State Park will be a wonderful asset to White County,” Sherrell said. “Not only will this park highlight the diverse natural resources in our area, but it will also protect them for future generations to enjoy. I applauded Gov. Bill Lee, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and my colleagues in the General Assembly for their support of this important investment. I also want to thank the Friends of Virgin Falls for their continued support and dedication to our community.”
Funding for Scott’s Gulf Wilderness State Park was included in a $56.2 billion balanced budget that was approved by the General Assembly last week. The money will be used to build a new visitors’ center, maintenance shop, restrooms, utilities and parking infrastructure at the site.
Gov. Lee proposed the creation of four new state parks earlier this year. As part of the selection process, locations already in Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation holdings were evaluated based on their suitability to better meet the outdoor recreational needs of Tennesseans and visitors. Considerations included their proximity to populations and travel routes; uniqueness of experience; natural, cultural and scenic value; and resource stewardship.
Tennessee currently has 57 unique state parks that provide a variety of activities for outdoor adventurers of all interests and pursuits. Additional information about what each one offers can be found online at www.tnstateparks.com.
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