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Soak Creek in East Tennessee designated as a scenic river

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NASHVILLE (AP) - An East Tennessee creek has been named the state's newest scenic river, the first such designation since 2001.

Tennessee's Department of Environment and Conservation says Gov. Bill Haslam signed legislation adding Soak Creek to the list of 15 waterways designated as scenic rivers.

Soak Creek winds through Bledsoe, Cumberland and Rhea counties. A section of the creek - from its junction with Georgia Branch near Stinging Falls State Natural Area to its intersection with the Piney River near Piney Falls State Natural Area - received the scenic river designation.

The creek is known for old growth forests, picturesque waterfalls and wildflowers. It also offers recreational whitewater kayaking.

Deputy Commissioner of Parks and Conservation Brock Hill says the designation will "preserve and protect the pristine ecology and waters of Soak Creek."

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