On April 21st, 2016 new murals showcasing the regional National Parks of Eastern Tennessee were revealed at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville. These murals were funded in part by the GSMA with the goal of attracting the 2 million visitors that go through McGhee Tyson to visit the National Parks. Two large murals showcase the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in a stunning and artistic rendering. Great Smoky Mountains Association provided the majority of the funding for the artwork covering the walls and pillars.
“When Superintendent Cash presented us with the opportunity to support his vision for this Centennial project at the Knoxville airport, we jumped at the chance to help shine a light on these nine park units,” said GSMA Executive Director Laurel Rematore. “We join with the NPS to embrace the #FindYourPark initiative and invite all to plan a road trip soon to these unique sites.”
In addition to GSMNP, the sites featured include Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Obed Wild and Scenic River, Andrew Johnson National Historic Site, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Stones River National Battlefield, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Manhattan Project National Historical Park and Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail.