Cummins Falls State Park - Historical sign

Text: “This scenic treasure is located on the Blackburn Fork State Scenic River, a tributary of the Roaring River State Scenic River, which flows into the Cumberland River/Cordell Hull Watershed. It is the eight-largest waterfall in Tennessee in volume of water, and is one of the best swimming holes in North America. This land was acquired by John Cummins in about 1830. From 1845-1928 this was the location of the historic Cummins Mill. This land was continuously owned by the Cummins family for more than 180 years. Availability of the land was facilitated by fifth generation owners: Carl, James and David Cummins. The Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation, a statewide non-profit organization, acquired Cummins Falls by recruiting conservation buyers Dr. Glenn Hall, Mary Lynn Dobson, and Robert D. McCaleb to temporarily secure the land. Through fundraising efforts by the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation, support from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, and a partnership with the State of Tennessee, Cummins Falls was purchased and designated as a public park in 2011 by Governor Bill Haslam.” Quotation reads: “Water flows over these hands. May I use them skillfully to preserve our precious planet. – Thich Nhat Hanh”

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