Nantahala National Forest Extends Contract for Dry Falls Renovations

Franklin, NC - September 28, 2008  – The Nantahala National Forest has recently extended the contract for renovations at Dry Falls.  The contract was extended for an additional 240 days effective September 17, 2008.  The extension was to allow time needed to complete the contract changes.  

The Nantahala National Forest received additional funding to include an accessible walkway and platform, as well as install the footers for the future tower structure.

 “We want to install the viewing deck and the footers for the tower prior to paving the parking area.  A crane will be needed for installing both the deck and footers. It only makes sense to hold off on paving until after the installation, as a crane needs to be set on the future parking area.  Placing a crane on the new asphalt would only damage it,” commented Nantahala National Forest District Ranger, Mike Wilkins.

The Forest Service anticipated the construction to be completed by summer of this year or no later than fall 2008, even with the wet weather delays and changes. Unfortunately, Dry Falls was unable to re-open as originally planned.

“It is unfortunate we could not re-open as scheduled, stated Wilkins.  “We understand the disappointment it has caused, but once the project is completed, it will improve visibility of Dry Falls as well as be safer, and more accessible for visitors.  It will also be an attraction we can be proud of and enjoy for many years to come,” added Wilkins.

Dry Falls, a popular waterfall viewing point in the Nantahala National Forest has been closed for renovations since September 2007. It was part of an improvement plan that began in 2004.

For additional information on this and other projects on the Nantahala Ranger District, please contact the District Ranger, Mike Wilkins, at 828-524-6441 or by mail at Nantahala Ranger District, 90 Sloan Road, Franklin, NC 28734.