The NSS is publishing a new book, "Caves of Fall Creek Falls", written by me (Larry E. Matthews). It covers the incredibly cave-rich area of Fall Creek Falls State Park and the adjacent public lands just to the north known as Scotts Gulf and Lost Creek. The book will be 322 + iv pages long, with ALL color photographs, and will be Hardbound. The Retail Price will be $25 and the Member Price will be $22.50.
Here is what the Back Cover has to say:
"The greater Fall Creek Falls area has the largest number of caves of any public land in Tennessee. The many large, interesting caves, combined with the stunning wilderness area makes this a Caver's Paradise. The roughly 15 miles wide by 16 miles long area covered in this book contains 1,184 known caves, 12 of which are over a mile long.
Modern cave explorers have been unraveling the secrets of these caves since the early 1950s. Exploration, mapping, and dye tracing show two huge underground drainage systems: one in the valley of the Caney Fork River and the other in the valley of Cane Creek. This book describes those caves and their hydrological connections.
This book is not only about these caves, but also the cavers who explored them. There are tales of secrecy and mistrust as rival groups of cavers sought to hide their discoveries from others. There is also the story of the development of land adjacent to Fall Creek Falls State Park by greedy and unscrupulous developers who threatened to ruin the groundwater.
Come along for thrilling tales of exploration and adventure."
This book is already at the printers and should be available from the NSS Bookstore in 3 to 4 weeks.
Larry E. Matthews