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Cades Cove Trail Opening at Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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WATE Nods to NPF’s Support for a Wheelchair-Accessible Trail in the Smokies

WATE-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee, nods to NPF’s support for a new wheelchair-accessible trail to the John Oliver cabin in the Cades Coves section of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Read an excerpt from the article, “Wheelchair-accessible trail opens in Cades Cove,” below.

“The trail provides a view across the pastoral fields of Cades Cove leading up to the home of John and Lucretia Oliver, who settled there in 1818. The half-mile, paved trail is approximately 8 feet wide to provide adequate space for wheelchairs or other mobility devices to pass one another.

Funding for the project was made possible through a $150,000 donation provided by the National Park Foundation and a $57,000 donation provided by the Friends of the Smokies.

‘The new trail provides a pathway for all to experience the natural wonder and history of Cades Cove,’ said Will Shafroth, president and CEO of the National Park Foundation. ‘Thanks to the initiative of Friends of the Smokies and support from NPF and our donors, more people will be able to access and to share the beauty of this place.’”

Read the full article here.