Photograph of the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Spur and West Prong of the Little Pigeon River in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Transportation & Recreation Planning Civic Engagement Spring 2020

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is seeking public feedback for multiple transportation and recreation planning efforts that will address visitor access, safety, transportation, and recreation in the Sevier County portion of the Park. The four planning efforts include the following projects:

• Wears Valley Mountain Bike Trail Network Feasibility Study
• Metcalf Bottoms Access Improvements Feasibility Study
• Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Spur Safety Improvements Planning
• Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Spur Greenway Feasibility Study

As part of this process, we are reaching out to gather input by initiating a comment period. You are encouraged to share your observations, concerns, and ideas about the information presented in the Transportation and Recreation Planning Newsletter provided in the link below to help us focus the planning efforts. The information obtained during this civic engagement period will be used to refine the concepts and alternatives under consideration, identify issues, and ensure the NPS has the information needed to move forward in the process.

After considering input received during this initial civic engagement period, the Park will develop a range of concepts and preliminary alternatives for each individual project and determine if it is appropriate to move forward with the formal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and other environmental compliance processes. The NEPA and NHPA processes for each project would include more opportunities for public involvement, including a public scoping period held at the beginning of the NEPA process and a public comment period held for the NEPA document prepared by the Park. Additional information for each planning project is provided in the newsletter.

Comment Period: Closed        Apr 20, 2020 - May 22, 2020
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