Park Announces Wears Valley Bike Trail Environmental Assessment Public Review Period

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is seeking public input on a proposed mountain bike trail system on the unfinished section of the Foothills Parkway corridor in Wears Valley

Great Smoky Mountains National Park seeks public review of the Wears Valley Mountain Bike Trail System Environmental Assessment (EA) beginning Friday, October 16 through Sunday, November 15. The public is also invited to attend a virtual meeting on Thursday, October 29 at 5:00 p.m. to learn more about this proposal to provide a new recreational opportunity along the unfinished section of the Foothills Parkway corridor. 

In July, the National Park Service (NPS) solicited public feedback on the preliminary alternatives for development of the mountain bike trail system. Park managers reviewed comments received during the public scoping period and have now completed the EA. On October 29, park staff will present an overview of the EA during the virtual public meeting from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Using the Zoom platform, park staff will also be available to answer questions from the public until 7:00 p.m.  

To attend the meeting, participants should use this link and join the meeting 5 to 10 minutes early to test the connection: https://zoom.us/j/93025295219. By joining the virtual, online meeting, participants will be able to view slides, presenters, and submit questions. Participants may also hear the presentation in a listen-only mode by calling  312-626-6799 and entering passcode 93025295219#.  

The public is also invited to review the EA and provide comments through the following portals beginning October 16 through November 15:  

For additional information on the Wears Valley Mountain Bike Trail System EA, the virtual meeting, and how to provide comments please visit: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/WearsValleyBikeTrails.  

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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