Recreation area near Tennessee-NC border reopens

BURNSVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- A recreation area on Roan Mountain near the North Carolina-Tennessee state line is reopening after a year of renovations.

The U.S. Forest Service will cut the ribbon on the Roan Mountain Gardens Recreation Area improvements Monday.

Officials say $700,000 of federal stimulus money was used to build new restrooms and resurface the road to the area's parking lot. An observation deck was also rebuilt.

Crews also have cut back vegetation on trails at nearby Grassy Ridge, Bradley Gap and Big Hump Mountain.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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