Mount Sequoyah plans improvements to iconic overlook

Photo: Todd Gill, Flyer staff

The area around one of the most iconic views in Fayetteville will soon be getting a new look.

Mount Sequoyah Center officials this week announced plans to renovate their overlook area, otherwise known as “the cross.”

Officials said they will be removing the parking spaces, and adding benches and picnic tables, as well as trash and recycling receptacles to the small area that overlooks the city.

The idea is to create more of a park-like setting in front of the overlook, with hopes to increase safety, and to create a better experience for visitors.

“Not only will these improvements allow for the area to be more pedestrian friendly, but they will also help to decrease car emissions from idling vehicles and light pollution from headlights shining at night,” officials said in a press release issued this week.

Parking for the new overlook area will be located on the Mount Sequoyah campus, and walking paths will connect the overlook with the rest of the campus.

Mount Sequoyah Center has collaborated with the city and local architects from Modus Studio on the improvements.

The overlook area closes at 10 p.m. nightly when the lights of the cross are turned off for the evening.

Mount Sequoyah CEO Emily Gentry said the renovations will begin next week.