GATE CITY — Some much needed road repairs should soon be made at one of Scott County’s most popular attractions. The Scott County Board of Supervisors has voted to partially fund a road repair project at the Devil’s Bathtub. The repairs will be completed by Spearhead Trails, an initiative of the Southwest Regional Recreation Authority.
A popular tourist site in Scott County will soon see major improvements thanks to a $88,302 pilot program grant awarded to the Upper Tennessee River Roundtable. The money will be used to make safety and environmental improvements at the Devil’s Fork Loop Trail, which is the primary access point for the Devil’s Bathtub.
Board Chairman David Redwine pointed out that the amendment does not approve parking near Devil’s Bathtub or any other agricultural or residential area in Scott County; it simply allows for the possibility of parking in these areas in the future.
Based upon the number of telephone inquiries Scott County Tourism has received, a huge crowd is anticipated at the Devil’s Bathtub Memorial Day weekend. This will make for a crowded parking area, resulting in spillover parking onto Route 619.