Keeping the history of the Smoky Mountains alive is one of the most important things for the national park. In order to do that, the National Park Service has announced that there are major changes happening to a few of the historic structures in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Since implementing their ongoing preservation efforts, national park crews will be giving some much needed attention to a few of the historic areas and buildings. Read on to find out more:
Cades Cove is one of the most popular places to visit in the national park, so crews and officials have made it a point to keep the area completely open for visitation. As part of the preservation efforts, one main goal right now is to make the meadow area more accessible to animals and birds.
Over time, the meadows have slowly disappeared and become grassy lands. With that, some of the wildlife and birds have made their home elsewhere in the national park, or elsewhere in another state. In order to bring those animals back to their natural habitat, the crews are trying to restore the are. It is part of an ongoing effort to restore all of the natural habitats in the national park, especially Cades Cove, to keep animals thriving naturally.
For more information on these efforts, take a look at our blog: National Park Crews Working to Save Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains
The Noah Bud Ogle Cabin has endured some harsh weather conditions since it was built! The cabin is located on the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, and is a popular photo opportunity for visitors to the Smoky Mountains.
The roof on the cabin needs some remodeling, so national park crews are working to give it a new roof. The roof is designed to last up to 15 years, so they won’t have to make these renovations often. Their goal is to keep the structure as historically accurate as possible.
The cabin is accessible to the public on Saturdays and Sundays. There will be temporary fencing around the cabin to keep visitors and park crew members safe. The cabin is scheduled to reopen on August 16.
Follow this link to the National Park Service website for more information about the Noah Bud Ogle Cabin and the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail: http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/roaringfork.htm
Of all the historic sites in the Smoky Mountains, the Rockefeller monument at Newfound Gap may be the most important of all of the areas.
From August 4 through September 30, 2014 the walkways around the parking lot and Rockefeller monument will be partially closed for renovations.
There will be crews working to re-grout the flagstone walks during this time. The area is scheduled to reopen as soon as the project is complete, by September 30.
See Related Article: The Truth About Newfound Gap Road and Driving Through the Smoky Mountains
It is nothing out of the ordinary for structures in the national park to need renovations. Many of the buildings and structures are very old and need attention to keep them in the best condition possible.
Believe it or not, many of the structures in the national park have undergone some form of renovation since they were built. Keep in mind that some of the buildings are hundreds of years old, so they need a little help to stay standing.
In order to keep up the history of the Smoky Mountains in great shape, it’s necessary for national park crews to renovate when they see a need. The renovations do no harm to the structures and only improve their quality to keep them standing for years and years to come.
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