Tennessee State Parks
Social Science Research To Support Visitor Use Management In Selected Tennessee State Parks
This project was conducted in three waterfall-based state parks within the Tennessee State Parks (TSP) system: Cummins Falls State Park, Rock Island State Park, and Burgess Falls State Natural Area. The project gathered accurate, defensible, and science-based information to help support visitor use planning, management, and carrying capacity decisions at these parks. This visitor-based data was necessary to help the parks achieve TSP’s mission, and to provide the high quality visitor experiences that are essential to ensuring public support and stewardship of the parks.
Specific objectives of this study include:
- Collect baseline data on visitor use and visitor attitudes.
- Identify indicators, thresholds, and related experiential capacities.
- Assess how acceptable management alternatives are to visitors.