Construct New Multi-Use Trail at Panther Junction
The National Park Service (NPS) proposes to construct a new multi-use trail, to include hiking and mountain biking, in Big Bend National Park.
The proposed new trail would be located northwest of Panther Junction. Approximately ten miles of trail would be constructed, in two phases, for use by hikers and bicyclists. The proposal includes creating a trailhead parking and picnic area near the Panther Junction Visitor Center, and a second trailhead along the Grapevine Hills road. The area is not within the Recommended Wilderness areas of Big Bend backcountry, which remain off-limits to mountain bikes.
The current Environmental Assessment (EA) is a revision of an EA that was originally released to the public in March, 2011. The original EA resulted in a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), but that decision document was not published due to an unfortunate clerical oversight. In recognition of its error, the NPS is providing this revised EA for public review and comment. The revised EA provides additional details that may clarify some issues and corrects errata in the original EA.
Click the tab at the left "Open for comment" to open the document and make comments on-line. Comments may be made until September 26, 2014.
NEPA Coordinator Don Corrick (432) 477-1142