ALERT: TVA GORGE CLOSURE from Friday, May 19 through the END of JULY.
Due to summer maintenance at the TVA Great Falls Powerhouse, Great Falls Dam will be actively spilling water into the gorge through July 2017 or later. This will result in conditions likely being much different than summers past. When TVA Great Falls Dam is releasing water, visitors cannot safely enter the TVA gorge spillway area.
Visitors are not permitted to enter the gorge (including via the Old Mill Trail or Upstream Trail) during this active spilling period. Some days during this period releases will be moderate and some days flows may be very large with multiple dam gates being open. The water volume may change from hour to hour. The Downstream Trail will remain open due to its elevation above the flood plain. Please note swimming or wading is not permitted downstream of the Powerhouse at any time, regardless of water releases. The park’s sand beach on Center Hill Lake will remain open for swimming. Very large Dam releases upstream can even affect water currents at the sand beach. Please be aware of all of these changing conditions. Obey all park signage for your safety. Check TVA’s website for water release information and further dam safety data at:
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFO: Please read the text below about the Caney Fork River Gorge and Safety Information prior to visiting the park.