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Contact: Johanna Wheeler, (423) 569-2404
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area is one of three locations in Tennessee selected for the installation of colorblind-less viewfinders that help color blind visitors and residents see the vibrant fall foliage.
The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development installed the special-equipped viewfinder at East Rim Overlook, at Big South Fork NRRA. East Rim is a popular overlook that offers impressive views of the Big South Fork River gorge — particularly during the fall season.
Protanopia and protanomaly — more commonly known as red-green color blindness — are not able to fully observe the effect of nature's transition from deep green to brilliant shades of red, orange and gold. The viewfinders feature lenses for alleviating red-green color deficiencies, enabling color blind visitors to see the foliage just as it appears to people with normal vision.
"The National Park Service strives to make opportunities for visitors to enjoy their park to the greatest extent possible. This is but the latest example of our efforts,” said Superintendent Niki Stephanie Nicholas.
The free-to-use viewfinder will be available for approximately a year.