Develop New Hard Surfaced Lost Valley Road and Parking Area
The National Park Service is working in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration to make improvements in Lost Valley, located in Newton County, Arkansas. The primary attraction in Lost Valley is the Lost Valley Trail, which offers visitors views of the Natural Bridge, Cob Cave, and Eden Falls. The trailhead and parking area are accessed via Lost Valley Road, which intersects with Highway 43. Lost Valley Road was constructed with the establishment of Lost Valley State Park in 1967, which was operated until it was acquired by the National Park Service in 1975. Lost Valley has experienced repeated floods over the past few years. Most recently, heavy rain and flooding over a three day period in May of 2015 caused extensive damage to the road. Lost Valley had to be closed to the public so that temporary repairs to the road and trails could be completed. The purpose of the proposed project is to reduce potential future storm damage and provide safe and sustainable access to Lost Valley.
An Environmental Assessment has been initiated in order to evaluate impacts to the natural, cultural, and human environment that would result from the implementation of the project.
Environmental Protection Specialist
Federal Highway Administration
21400 Ridgetop Circle
Sterling, VA 20166