Russellville, Ark.– The U.S. Forest Service is initiating a public comment period concerning the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism request to construct a concrete multi-use trail at its existing lodge at Mount Magazine State Park in Paris.

The Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism has received a grant for constructing the multi-use trail, which will connect the cabins to the lodge. Currently, cabin guests must use the state highway to access the lodge restaurant and other amenities.

“The trail would increase public safety and provide an additional recreation feature within the park,” said Amanda Bataineh, Special Use Administrator for the Mount Magazine Ranger District.

Mount Magazine State Park operates under a special use permit issued by the Mount Magazine Ranger District on the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests. In order for the State Park to proceed with the project, an amendment to the Special Use permit is required.

Interested members of the public are encouraged to submit comments or concerns by Feb. 23. Comments may be submitted in writing to P.O. Box 511, Paris, AR 72855; in person at the Mount Magazine Ranger District office, located at 3001 E. Walnut, Paris, Ark., or via telephone at (479) 963-3076.