Major Vandalism at Yahoo Falls Parking Lot
Contact: Randy Scoggins, 423-569-9778
Sometime in the past two days vandals smashed and destroyed the interior of the bathroom, including sinks and toilets, at the "Yahoo Falls" parking lot in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. It is estimated that the damages could run into the thousands of dollars to repair. This is the third time in the past year that vandalism has occurred at that location.
"At this point we do not know when we will able to reopen the bathroom," said Superintendent Niki Stephanie Nicholas. "We are considering a number of options including replacing the bathroom with port-a-potties. It is unfortunate that money from other projects will now have to be used to repair the senseless destruction."
Yahoo Falls is one of the most scenic and heavily used areas on the Kentucky side of the park. The time and money spent repairing the damage to the facility takes away from and delays other much needed park projects. National Park Service Rangers are asking for your help in protecting the resources and putting a stop to this type of behavior. If you have any information regarding this crime, please contact the Chief Ranger's Office at (423) 569 2404, extension 263, or e-mail at e-mail us.
Did You Know?
Longhunters were some of the first Europeans to traverse the Big South Fork region. It is said they were called longhunters either for the long rifles they carried or because the were typically gone on hunting trips for so long, sometimes up to a year.