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Public comment open for Smokies mountain bike plan

A proposed mountain biking trail system for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is now open for public comment, with virtual meetings planned for next week.

The trail would be installed on the unfinished section of the Foothills Parkway corridor in Wears Valley, Tennessee. If approved, it would be the first area in park boundaries to allow mountain biking.

The park is entering an environmental assessment and 30-day public scoping period in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act. Staff are looking for public input on the proposed action, preliminary alternatives and issues for consideration in the environmental assessment.

Virtual meetings will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, and Thursday, July 30. The sessions will begin with a half-hour overview of the proposal and a question-and-answer period extending through 7 p.m. Written comments will be accepted through Aug. 19.

To join the July 28 meeting, use the link https://zoom.us/s/92424167876 or call in at 312.626.6799 and enter passcode 92424167876#. To join the July 30 meeting, use the link https://zoom.us/s/98627136296 or call in at 312.626.6799 and enter passcode 98627136296#. Attendees who call in will not be able to speak or view the presentation.

Submit written comments online at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/WearsValleyBikeTrails or mail them to: Transportation and Recreation Planning Projects, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 107 Park Headquarters Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738.
 
More information about the proposal is available at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/WearsValleyBikeTrails.

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