New state natural area planned in Putnam County

The state plans to purchase 100 acres near the existing Burgess Falls State Park in Putnam County, reports the Cookeville Herald-Citizen. Burgess Falls Park Manager Bill Summers announced the plan for new Window Cliffs State Natural Area at a county commission meeting. It’s expected to open in about two years.

The area is known for several waterfalls and natural rock formations known as window cliffs, which are limestones with archs created by erosion, making them resemble a window or bridge. There are apparently only a few areas in Tennessee with these natural formations.

Summers also detailed a four-mile walking trail that is planned for the area, as well as bridges and a parking lot.

Though Burgess Falls and the new park are close in proximity to each other, Summers noted they are not physically connected. There could be potential to connect them, however, if property owners are willing to sell land between the two.

County Executive Randy Porter praised the creation of the new park.

“I’m glad to see we’re preserving some of our great natural resources to be enjoyed by generations to come,” he said. “We’re excited that this park is being created in Putnam County. We always want to do things that increase the quality of life and give more recreational outlets.

He also noted how the park will have an impact on area tourism, saying, “We think it’s going to be a big attraction to our county and bring in more tourists and tourism dollars.”