Fall Creek Falls Go Green
The mission of the Tennessee State Parks Go Green With Us program is to preserve and protect our state parks through sustainable park operations, resource conservation, and recycling. Program components cover a diverse array of initiatives, including energy and water conservation through equipment and operations upgrades, recycling programs, projects to enhance ecosystem health, and erosion control, among many others.
- Fall Creek Falls State Park has several large-scale energy saving initiatives in place. They heat and cool the park’s Fisherman cabins with a geothermal system, which concentrates the naturally existing heat within the earth to provide natural climate control from a clean, reliable, and renewable source of energy.
- The park’s wastewater treatment system is a natural closed loop system that reduces raw water costs by reusing water and eliminates the cost, regulatory, and operational demands of wastewater discharge.
- The Fall Creek Falls inn, conference center, and Gaul’s Gallery Restaurant are Tennessee Green Hospitality certified.
- There are electric vehicle charge stations in the restaurant parking lot.
- The restaurant buys local produce when possible.
- The Betty Dunn Nature Center recently received a new roof, better insulation, LED lighting, more efficient doors, and new windows, greatly decreasing its energy consumption.
- The park’s golf course is part of the internationally-recognized Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program and Groundwater Guardian Green program. The course enhances the natural landscape and wildlife habitat while also improving efficiency and minimizing potentially harmful impacts of golf course operations. Several of the park’s program components include electric mowers and golf carts which are quiet and do not disturb wildlife, targeted watering, and digital irrigation monitoring.
- The park protects water qualityand reduces noise pollution by prohibiting gas motors on the lake, excluding the park’s rescue boat and pontoon boat.
- The campground is a Tennessee Valley Camp-Right Campground which means that the campground voluntarily strives to meet and promote environmentally friendly campground management and camping practices related to energy efficiency, water conservation, natural resource protection, and plant and tree management practices.
- Rangers work with Americorps National and Community Service teams. Projects include cleaning and stabilizing historic structures, removing invasive plants, and trail building.