Cummins Falls Is Newest State ‘Natural Area’

Cummins Falls in Jackson County will become a state “natural area,” reports WPLN following approval of the purchase Monday by the State Building Commission.
The natural waterfall north of Cookeville had been held by private owners until last year. Then conservation groups scrambled to find funding. The state’s half a million dollars is the final piece of a $1.4 million transaction.
State Comptroller Justin Wilson is a members of the State Building Commission. He’s also a former commissioner of environment and a fan of the waterfalls.
“I’m very familiar with the area. It’s a beautiful place, it’s a beautiful falls,” he said.
As a “natural area,” Cummins Falls will be maintained in a primitive state, without the usual development to be opened as a park. Kathleen Williams of the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation says there are plans for two rangers to be assigned to the area.

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