Tennessee Governor Bill Lee on Monday announced the addition of 6,229 acres to the Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park in Cumberland County.
The land – known as the Lone Star property – will support wildlife habitat, native ecology and additional public recreation opportunities.
A press release said conserving Lone Star became a high priority for the Tennessee State Parks system due to its proximity to the Cumberland Trail. The Conservation Fund purchased the land in November and held it until the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and its partners could acquire it. The Conservation Fund officially transferred the land to TDEC on February 20.
TDEC plans to use the land to develop a significant segment for the Cumberland Trail that will connect Ozone Falls State Natural Area to existing state owned land. When completed, the Cumberland Trail will extend more than 300 miles from its northern terminus in Cumberland Gap National Historic Park to its southern terminus at the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park.