Comment on Smokemont riding stables facility

Feb 11, 2014

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate alternatives for the construction of new concession facilities at Smokemont Riding Stables  approximately six miles north of Cherokee. The public is invited to comment on the topics analyzed in the EA as part of the planning process.

The National Park Service proposes to construct a barn with 35-36 stalls, hayshed, manure storage shed, horse wash rack, office, covered tie stalls with 26-36 stalls, employee break area, horse loading platform,  firewood shed, water well, and fencing with gates.

The proposed project will replace existing concession facilities, some of which were constructed in the early 1960s including the main barn.  The proposed facilities will be constructed by the National Park Service using a portion of franchise fees paid by concessioners that is available for these needed improvements.

The proposed facilities will be constructed on lands occupied by the existing facilities along with an adjacent area formerly used as a wastewater treatment plant and recreational vehicle dump station.

The EA will evaluate the potential impacts of these actions as they relate to such topics as water resources, vegetation, soils, wildlife, floodplains, archaeological and historic resources, visitor use and experience, aesthetic resources, and threatened and endangered species or species of concern.   
The EA has been posted and is available for public review on the NPS Planning website at by clicking on the “Smokemont Riding Stables EA” link.

Comments must be received by March 14 and sent to Superintendent/ComplianceGreat Smoky Mountains National Park107 Park Headquarters RoadGatlinburg, Tennessee 37738.
Comments may also be submitted on the NPS Planning website at as described above.

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