Renovations for Pine Mountain
by Kelsey Gerhardt Staff Writer
Major renovations were recently completed at Pine Mountain State Park.
Renovations included building trail additions, clearing trail paths, new signage and a revamp of a shelter that was in poor state of disrepair.
Changes totaling $60,000 will benefit the park, locals and guests to the Bell County area, officials said.
Fourteen of the park’s hiking trails were cleared of debris from storms. Dead foliage was cleared.
The Hemlock Garden trail received a new foot bridge. A staircase was built on the Honeymoon Falls Trail.
Interpretive panels were added to five trail stops. These will benefit by educating the park visitors about the surrounding nature at overlooks. These state of the additions totaled $10,000.
Many hours were put in to this project by Bell County Adventure Tourism Director Jon Grace and Bell Judge-Executive Albey Brock. They were instrumental in making this happen and seeing it along from start to finish, park officials said.
Without funding and their efforts, Pine mountain would have been forced to close the upper shelter in 2014, park officials said.
New signage was added to 30 spots along the park’s hiking trails and a complete refurbishment of the upper shelter was done including a new metal roof, paint, and bathroom sinks, toilets and mirrors.
“It took almost 2 ½ years to make this project come to fruition, but we finally made it happen and the park is in better shape because of it,” said Stephen Eastin, park manager.
Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-248-1010 ext. 204, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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