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Fall Creek Falls Holding Open House To Share Plans

Fall Creek Falls will hold an Open House Thursday to discuss its plans to restore the park’s scenic loop, damaged by storms last summer. TDEC Regional Director of External Affairs Robert Becker said when the storm hit, thousands of trees fell. That led to road closures and long-term hazards for visitors. He said with that many downed trees near the ... Read More »

Deceased Fall Creek Falls Hiker Identified; Primary Cause of Death Weather

The deceased hiker who passed away after a multi-hour rescue effort at Fall Creek Falls has been identified. Van Buren Sheriff Michael Brock said 46-year-old Nathan Bayless was known to frequent the woods in and around his home. Brock said the Medical Examiner said Bayless’s death was directly weather related. “Where he resided was very near the Fall Creek Falls ... Read More »

Van Buren Sheriff Confirms Fall Creek Death Weather Related

Van Buren County Sheriff Michael Brock has confirmed the death of a man at Fall Creek Falls State Park earlier this week was directly related to the cold weather. Brock confirmed the cause of death Thursday evening after receiving reports from the medical examiner. Dozens of emergency workers spent almost 17 hours from Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday morning searching for ... Read More »

Overnight Fall Creek Falls Rescue Hampered By Severe Weather

A seventeen-hour rescue of a male stranded in Fall Creek Falls Park Tuesday and Wednesday hampered by severe weather. The man died and the cause of death is unknown. Piney Volunteer Fire Department PIO Tiwanna Bricker said forty to fifty people were involved in the rescue which began around 3:00pm Tuesday and ended around 8:00am on Wednesday. Bricker said rescuers ... Read More »

Dance Upgrades Allow For Improvements Around Fall Creek Falls Lake

Improvements at Van Buren County’s Fall Creek Falls Lake continue through a state partnership with Bill Dance. Fisheries Manager Will Collier said the Dance Signature Lakes Program has included installation of hundreds of fish habitat structures. The habitats have been installed in dozens of locations, mostly in fishable areas throughout the lake. Collier said that the structures have led to ... Read More »

Van Buren To Open Bidding For New Fall Creek Falls Trash Compactor

Van Buren County Committee A approved a plan to begin soliciting bids for a new trash compactor at the Fall Creek Falls Lodge Monday night. The new plan is being proposed as a way to improve upon the former waste plan, which had the county providing containers and removal for all solid waste. The lodge is using a compactor from ... Read More »

45th Annual Mountaineer Folk Festival Returns To Fall Creek Falls

The 45th Annual Mountaineer Folk Festival Returns to Fall Creek Falls this weekend. The objective of the Mountaineer Folk Festival is to support the development of arts and crafts in the state of Tennessee. While the festival will host nearly 100 arts and crafts sellers, Fall Creek Falls Park Curator Tommy Solomon said the festival has grown to be about ... Read More »

Higher Than Expected Mercury Levels At Falls Creek Falls Lake Prompt Alert

High mercury levels at Fall Creek Falls have led the state to caution residents against largemouth bass consumption at Fall Creek Falls Lake. TDEC issued the advisory Thursday after mercury levels were found to be .10 milligrams higher than the tolerable levels. The advisory urges women, nursing mothers, and children to avoid eating the fish until further notice. All other ... Read More »

Parts of Fall Creek Falls Closed Over Labor Day Weekend

Parts of Fall Creek Falls will remain closed for Labor Day Weekend, but the majority of the park will be open. Fall Creek Falls Park Manager Sarah Leedy said that certain areas of the park will still remain closed following severe weather earlier this month. Areas that will remain closed include the Scenic Loop and the road to the Piney ... Read More »