GAINESBORO — Cummins Falls, a 75-foot cascade with a massive swimming hole below, soon will be part of a publicly owned natural playground.
The Tennessee Building Commission authorized acquisition of a 211-acre tract with the falls 80 miles northeast of Nashville on Monday.
The lush, forested gorge will be a unit of Burgess Falls State Park, and trails will be developed, according to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. When the area might be ready to open to the public has not been determined.
“It’s grand,” said Kathleen Williams, executive director of the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation. “It’s like buying Niagara Falls.”