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FERRIER FILES: Secret waterfall hidden in Nashville

FOX 17 News

At the end of the cul de sac on Hathway Court, a big surprise can be found, the West Meade waterfall. Purchased by Metro, this little pocket park may not have much of a water flow, but can be spectacular after a rain and makes a pretty picture in any season.

"It’s some of the cleanest water in Nashville and just a beautiful place for some peaceful meditation," said Alice Pell, director of development of the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation.

The West Meade waterfall is an important piece of property with huge potential. When the city bought and opened the hill forest, it opened an opportunity. If you continue north, you can find a pristine green corridor, a beautiful wood interrupted only by Highway 70 South in Bellevue and the woods start up again in the gorgeous Belle Forest.

“What I love about this four-acre parcel is the beauty when you approach," Pell said. "Get 100 feet back into the forest and you see native trees and native plants this is exactly what Tennessee is made of."

Belle Forest also has the 2016 Tree of the Year and offers a wonderful hike between two ridges.

The Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation owns four acres here including the Belle Forest Cave. The Parks and Greenways Foundation has a very big idea. They would like a public/private partnership to buy the woods between the Belle Forest Cave and the West Meade waterfall to create a spectacular hike that would also protect wildlife.

“As you reach the top of the waterfall, you will cross over the Belle Meade wall, the frontier of Nashville. You are basically covered in hundred-year-old chestnut grove and old forest and it's just nine miles from Nashville,” said Tom Herbert of Radnor to River.

So now suddenly you are very close from being able to walk from Warner Parks all the way to West Meade waterfall. Then with more land purchase, there is still a forest path all the way to the Cumberland River.

“It sounds like there is a large gap, but it’s not if you look at a map. It's very close and three just a few parcels that could connect those to create a brand-new experience for Nashvillians," Herbert said.

Tenn. Green would like to build a wildlife bridge like this one over Highway 70 South in Bellevue and under the interstate near the river, so wildlife and people could use the corridor.

Keep in mind, this is the same group that saved Cummins Falls from being a subdivision. Now, it's the most popular waterfall in Tennessee: They think big and deliver big.

A trail like this? What other urban city in America could still do this, to walk from Warner Park to the Cumberland River. The biggest obstacle would be rapid growth eating up land in Nashville.

The biggest fear in this plan for organizers, urban growth. They think the city could tall and skinny this opportunity away.

If you are interested in helping, go to the Tennessee Parks & Greenways Foundation website.


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