Smoky Mountains Around Town / December 2018

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What To See And Where To Be In The Smokies!

Around Town Page 6

A r st T ed Wolff

H as S olely H andcra ed E ach K nife and S heath

MANY STYLES AND TYPES

HANDMADE IN TENNESSEE

Native American Legacies

• Books

• Jewelry

• Moccasins

• Beaded Jewelry

• Flutes

• Drums

• Artwork

• Silver Jewelry

• Rugs

• And Much More

Open Monday - Saturday

www.blackwolff.com

American Sideshow Antiques - 373 Parkway, Gatlinburg - 865-325-1411

170 Glades Rd., Suite 2, Gatlinburg

Park Reopens Bote Mountain Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced the

partial reopening of a 2.9-mile section of Bote Mountain Trail on

Friday, November 2 for hikers only. This popular trail provides

access from the Cades Cove area to the Appalachian Trail near

Spence Field.

The trail section has been closed since September 24 while

extensive rehabilitation was underway, involving both the use of

mechanized equipment and hand tools. This popular trail, used by

both hikers and horse riders, had become heavily eroded and

incised due to inadequate drainage. Park trail crews spent several

weeks repairing 101 existing drainage structures, installing 10 new

drainage structures, repairing over 240 feet of trail tread, and

removing rocks, roots, and brush along the trail section.

To ensure the sustainability of the improvements, the trail will

remain closed to horse use through the winter, freeze-thaw cycle.

During this time, while it is open for hikers only, the trail crew will

also continue to monitor the repair. We expect the trail to fully

reopen to all use on March 2, 2019.

For more information about hiking safety, please visit the park’s

website at www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/hikingsafety.htm.

Smoky Mountain Winterfest

Draped in more than 5 million holiday lights, Pigeon Forge

creates a winter wonderland for locals and guests alike to

enjoy during the city’s annual Winterfest celebration. The

lights of Winterfest shine from early November through the

end of February.

From winter light displays to captivating holiday shows and

so much more.

Steaks

Howard's Steakhouse has been in Gatlinburg since 1946 offering the traditional Howard’s menu. Seating is also

available outside next to a running stream. The bar is a long time locals favorite with a hometown atmosphere.

Catering

Available

The Wild Boar Saloon located upstairs offers a lighter fare with tavern style appetizers

and specialty bar drinks. Offering a great night life atmosphere and with Karaoke.

www.HowardsRestaurantGatlinburg.com

Where The Locals Go

Burgers

and much more

Seafood

(865) 436-3600

976 Parkway, Downtown Gatlinburg

www.ShaconageStoneArtandJewelry.net

Park Celebrates Rainbow Falls Trail Project Completion

NPS Roads & Trails Branch Supervisor Tobias Miller, Friends

of the Smokies President Jim Hart, Deputy Superintendent

Clay Jordan, and Trails Program Supervisor Josh Shapiro

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials celebrated the

completion of a two-year trail rehabilitation project on

Rainbow Falls Trail on Wednesday, November 14. The sixmile

Rainbow Falls Trail is one of the most popular trails in the

park leading hikers to Rainbow Falls and Mt. Le Conte. The

trail was reopened, on schedule, following work completed by

the park trail crew, American Conservation Experience youth

crews, and volunteers.

The park trail crew rehabilitated targeted segments along the

trail to improve visitor safety, stabilize eroding trail sections,

and repair trail tread damaged by high winds and fire during the

November 2016 wildfires. The crew installed over 350 steps

through steep, narrow corridors, created nearly 600 feet of

elevated trail surfaces, installed nearly 400 drainage elements,

and placed over 1,000 native stones along the trail to create a

durable, sustainable trail corridor. The much-needed

rehabilitation also eliminated numerous, visitor-created side

trails totaling over one mile in length that had resulted in

eroded, off-trail paths creating confusion for hikers.

“The craftsmanship exhibited by the park trail crew is

extraordinary,” said Deputy Superintendent Clay Jordan.

“They create durable, functional trail corridors that support the

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials

invite the public to comment on an

Environmental Assessment (EA) of a proposed

Plant Gathering Agreement with the Eastern

Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) through

Thursday, December 13, 2018. The proposed

agreement would establish a management

framework for sustainable gathering of early

spring leaves from the sochan plant (Rudbeckia

laciniata) by EBCI members for traditional

purposes.

The proposed agreement is authorized under 36

CFR Part 2.6 Final Rule on Gathering of Certain

Plants or Plant Parts by Federally Recognized

Indian Tribes for Traditional Purposes, known

as the Plant Gathering Rule. The rule authorizes

agreements between the National Park Service

and tribes to facilitate continuation of tribal

cultural practices in National Parks where those

practices traditionally occurred.

The park has prepared an EA in accordance with

the National Environmental Policy Act to

analyze potential impacts of the proposed action

on the environment. The public is encouraged to

participate in the planning process by reviewing

and providing comments on the assessment.

The National Park Service considered a full

range of alternatives based on information

obtained through internal and internal scoping

high-volume hiker use of the Smokies in a manner that also

reflects and protects the natural landscape.”

Numerous individuals partnered with the park trail crew to aid

in rehabilitation efforts. Over the course of the two-year

project, 44 American Conservation Experience youth interns

contributed over 41,360 hours of service and 162 Volunteers

contributed 1,576 hours of service.

Trails Forever is a partnership program between Great Smoky

Mountains National Park and the Friends of the Smokies. The

Friends have donated over $1,500,000 to support the program,

in part through the generosity of the Knoxville based Aslan

Foundation. The Trails Forever program provides the

opportunity for a highly skilled trail crew to focus

reconstruction efforts on high use and high priority trails in the

park including the recently restored Rainbow Falls Trail, Alum

Cave Trail, Chimney Tops Trail, and Forney Ridge Trail. The

program also provides a mechanism for volunteers to work

alongside the trail crew on these complex trail projects to assist

in making lasting improvements to preserve the trails for future

generations. ...read more below past pictures...

Rainbow Falls Before

Rainbow Falls After

More on Rainbow Falls Trail Project Completion

In 2019, the Trail Forever crew will begin a 2-

year rehabilitation project on the popular

Trillium Gap Trail among other critical trail

work across the park on trails such as the Deep

Creek Trail, Rough Fork Trail, Smokemont

Trail, and Noah Bud Ogle Trail. Due to the

rehabilitation process on Trillium Gap Trail, a

full closure will be necessary for the safety of

both the crew and visitors. The Trillium Gap

Trail and associated parking areas will be

Environmental Assessment for Plant Gathering Agreement with EBC

Available for Public Comment

closed May 6, 2019 through November 14,

2019, excluding federal holidays, on Monday

mornings at 7:00 a.m. through Thursday

evenings at 5:30 p.m. weekly. The trail will be

fully open each week on Friday, Saturday, and

Sunday.

For more information about the Trails Forever

program, please visit our website at

home.nps.gov/grsm/getinvolved/supportyour

park/trails-forever-volunteer.htm

and identified one reasonable action alternative

that is presented in the EA for consideration.

The EA is available on the National Park

Service’s Planning, Environment and Public

C o m m e n t w e b s i t e a t

https://parkplanning.nps.gov/grsm by

following the link titled “Sochan Gathering for

Traditional Purposes.” Comments should be

submitted through this online portal or sent mail

to Great Smoky Mountains National Park,

ATTN: Environmental Planning and

Compliance, 107 Park Headquarters Road,

Gatlinburg, TN 37738. The public comment

period is open through December 13, 2018.

Sochan early spring

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