I am attempting to preserve a regional tourist attraction for future generations. My family has owned/operated Tuckaleechee Caverns since 1953. Over the past couple of years I have made attempts to garner support from cave experts, local officials, state officials, and others to map the long term future of the caverns. My family would like to see the caverns protected indefinitely. Aside from being a tourist attraction, the caverns should be preserved for its water source (900 gallons per minute). The source originates inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park were it remains untouched below the surface before entering the caverns. In addition, there has not been any significant research done inside the caverns since the 1950's. With so much still to be learned from caves, this would serve as the perfect training ground for research etc. and to educated the public of the importance of protecting and conserving caves and groundwater sources.
What the Result Will Be
Hopefully, the caverns would be acquired by the State of Tennessee or possibly incorporated into Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Another possibility would be for it to be acquired by a non-profit that could provide assistance with the long term future of the caverns.