New look for the new Fall Creek Falls State Park Inn
Renderings for the new 95,700+ square foot inn, restaurant and conference center at Fall Creek Falls State Park have been released, showing the design for the new buildings.
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) says the new building will evoke the natural setting of the park with timber framing, stonework details and extended height windows.
Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill said, "This design provides the amenities our visitors have come to expect in a way that complements the one-of-a-kind backdrop that is Fall Creek Falls. The new inn, restaurant and conference center will serve as a symbol of the commitment by Governor Haslam and the Tennessee General Assembly to revitalize our state park system and sustain rural economic development for the future."
Highlights of the building include 3 floors of visitor space complete with a mix of rooms; various indoor and outdoor gathering areas including larger meeting and conference spaces. The inn will also have paths connecting the inn to existing trails.
The new restaurant will face toward the lake, providing scenic views, and give visitors new options of full-service, fast-casual and buffet.
The $29.4 million dollar facility is in addition to $15 million dollar in upgrades to the state park.
Fall Creek Falls is one of the most visited parks in Tennessee, with more than 1.6 million visitors a year.
The new inn and restaurant is expected to generate more than $278,000 per year in sales and occupancy taxes, which is an increase of $90,000 a year.
Construction is expected to begin this fall or winner, with the completion of the project expected in 2020.