Nature panels added


By Kelsey Gerhardt - [email protected]



Photo submitted A recent grant gave funding to Pine Mountain State Resort park to add interpretive panels along the trails.


Pine Mountain State Resort Park continues to add to their outdoor experience with interpretive panels along several of the hiking trails in the park.

These weather-resistant panels help to tell a story about the geology, history, plants and animals that exist in the area. They stand to educate visitors and enhance their trip to the park.

“Unfortunately park staff cannot be in every area of the park all the time. When visitors are out on the park enjoying one of the many beautiful scenic vistas and find themselves wanting more information, these panels provide that. While taking in the view, the visitor will get a better sense of what he or she is looking at and we hope it provides a better appreciation for the park and its resources,” said PMSRP naturalist Beth Byrnes.

Funding for the panels was received through a grant from the Recreational Trails Program which is a part of the Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.

The grant totaled $60,000 and also helped fund the refurbishment of existing park trails and new trail structures including a bridge and several flights of steps and landings.

“The parks overall vision is simple — to enhance the visitor experience and provide an interesting and educational opportunity. The panels further encourage the visitor to really take in what they are seeing, and the information gleaned is a great take away from the park that can be relayed when sharing the memories we hope you made during your visit,” said Byrnes.

The panels were made possible because of the efforts of former PMSRP naturalist Dean Henson, Bell County Judge-Executive Judge Albey Brock and the Bell County Fiscal Court.

Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.

Photo submitted A recent grant gave funding to Pine Mountain State Resort park to add interpretive panels along the trails.
http://middlesborodailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_InterpretivePanel.jpgPhoto submitted A recent grant gave funding to Pine Mountain State Resort park to add interpretive panels along the trails.

By Kelsey Gerhardt

[email protected]

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