Image taken from Bluff Mountain in Sevier County. Photo courtesy of Mike Naney.

Image taken from Bluff Mountain in Sevier County. Photo courtesy of Mike Naney.

 We hope you can join FLC staff for an  ‘Open House’ atop Bluff Mountain on Sunday,  October 18, 2015, from 11am-3pm.  This will be an informal gathering that  includes a fall update on FLC’s programs, light refreshments and an optional, short guided walk.

DETAILS: The event is free and reservations are not required. The meeting location is: 3270 Greentop Road – Sevierville, TN 37876. Please contact  Elise Eustace with any questions at: 865-681-8326 or eeustace@foothillsland.org.

The Bluff Mountain Ecological Reserve was established in 2009. This 510 acres atop Chilhowee Mountain in Sevier County was bequeathed to the Foothills Land Conservancy by the late Marian E. Oates – a much loved and respected teacher, community volunteer, and conservationist. Once a favorite vacation spot for Marian’s grandparents and her father, Frank, back in the early 1900s, the site offers panoramic views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and surrounding counties, contains several springs, and provides for native plant and wildlife habitats. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, Frank Oates developed a land acquisition plan to buy up tracts, eventually purchasing the very top of Bluff Mountain for $10,000. With a bit of patience and much excitement he and his wife, Emma Ree Crooks Oates, built their dream retirement home at this site in 1964. This land is now protected from commercial development through a conservation easement with Foothills Land Conservancy that was also made possible by Ms. Oates.

 

 

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