Tennessee State Parks Planning

Location: Tennessee

Beginning in 2010, Lose & Associates began providing on-demand design services to Tennessee State Parks, a division of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.  Since then we have worked on over 20 project of various sizes, from small roof and building renovations, site improvements (sidewalks, trails, parking lots), new park amenities (splash pads, boardwalks, etc.) up to feasibility studies and planning for entirely new state parks, which included on-site and GIS inventory and analysis, regional demographic analysis and diagrammatic layout plans.

We also prepared feasibility/planning studies for 2 new state parks.

Rocky Fork Site is a 9,624-acre tract adjacent to Cherokee National Forest. Lose & Associates prepared a feasibility study which study revealed the potential for the Rocky Fork property to become a valuable economic catalyst to the region by providing quality outdoor recreation and overnight facilities in the form of cabins and campgrounds. The development footprint will be limited in order to navigate the site’s sensitive natural resources and preserve its unique East Tennessee mountain character.

Cummins Falls Site is a 186-acre property in Jackson County, Tennessee, connected to a broad fabric of natural resources on the Cumberland Plateau. It contains 1.5 miles of Blackburn Fork River frontage, a State Scenic River, and a 75’ waterfall that has been a popular recreation venue for regional residents for many years. The waterfall is the eighth largest in Tennessee and the largest one to be privately owned. Lose & Associates’ feasibility study concluded that Cummins Falls is a worthwhile investment if its development is phased and facilities are kept to a minimum, but that the site would likely receive instant visitation and public sentiment if Tennessee State Parks provides public access to the falls. Trails, wade-in river access for fishing, parking, restrooms, trash cans, a maintenance shed, an administrative office and an onsite ranger residence were recommended to provide basic access to recreation and support adequate onsite safety and security.