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Gallery: Plan for Moccasin Bend Archaeological District finalized +14 more photos A general management plan that's been in the works for decades to overhaul the Moccasin Bend National Archeological District, highlighting its historical significance and providing outdoors activities for tourists and residents alike, received final approval earlier this month. The plan will bring a national park visitor center to the new gateway site on Hamm Road, add signs along trails to showcase the history of the area, provide recreational opportunities and improve access to the hundreds of acres of historical land that played a key role in the Trail of Tears and Civil War. The plan was approved Sept. 14 by the National Park Service. "While past events on Moccasin Bend span centuries of history in our country, the area is also home to an abundance of wildlife and views of the great natural landmarks of Chattanooga - Lookout Mountain and the Tennessee River," Mayor Andy Berke wrote in a statement. "Preserving this area provides recreational opportunities for future generations while recognizing our community's important history." Residents, city officials and park advocates have long tried to feature the area, believing it was a hidden gem for the city for its ...

News source: Times Free Press

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