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Ex-military man exposes underground facility in national park


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The red marker is for Mile High Campground which is the closest landmark to the newly revealed secret facility near the Blue Ridge Parkway between Cherokee and Maggie Valley, North Carolina.

Ex-military man exposes underground facility in national park
By Mary Joyce, website editor

We’ve heard reports, even before starting this website in 2008, about secret military activity in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP). Then on February 16, 2013, a credible witness with a military background spoke with two of us from the website about the secret activity.  For his privacy and protection, we have changed his name to “Clark.”  Throughout his testimony he used the word “we” to include his wife who often accompanied him.   She, too, once served in the military. 

Before revealing his information, Clark showed us the photo below which was taken on November 27, 2012 near the intersection of Highways 74 and 441 on the south side of Cherokee, NC.

Truck

“This truck was driven by a female truck driver with whom we spoke,” Clark said.  “She said she wasn’t sure what was onboard but that it belonged to the U.S. Air Force.  She said she was waiting for five other trucks and an escort to take them to Newfound Gap where their loads would be airlifted to an undisclosed location

“While I was there, the other trucks arrived,” Clark said. “They all had canvas covers on them that said USAF (United States Air Force) on the side.  Then I saw the escorts arrive in white SUVs with government plates and the guys were dressed in black and carrying weapons.”

When we asked Clark what he thought was on the truck in the photo, he said, “I’ve seen something similar in the military. The dome-shaped thing on the back of the truck looks like a clean room that you walk into to be decontaminated.

“We followed those trucks, but at a distance,” Clark said.  “As soon as they went through the gate at Smokemont Campground just north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, the park rangers closed the gates and closed the park.”

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QUESTIONABLE ACTIVITY ON HEINTOOGA RIDGE ROAD

Next we handed Clark maps of the Blue Ridge Parkway and he focused on Heintooga Ridge Road.

“About three years ago they closed that road,” he said, “and it was closed for approximately two years.  The official line was that there had been a washout, but when we went back through there in the summer of 2012 after the road reopened, there were no signs anywhere of a washout, yet the road beyond the Mile High Campground had been 90 percent repaved.

“Now there was nothing wrong with the road before; it was in perfectly good shape, but they repaved it all the way to the end where it turns into a one-lane dirt or gravel road.”

Clark speculates that the road was damaged by heavy trucks hauling supplies and equipment to an underground facility and that was why the road had to be repaved.

“While we were on Heintooga Road,” Clark continued, “we saw four white SUVs with U.S. government plates.  Now all the forestry vehicles have the U.S. Forestry stickers on their doors.  These were just plain SUVs. We didn’t see anybody around the SUVs but they were parked near trails.

Heintooga

View from Heintooga Overlook along Flat Creek Trail and caution sign at the end of paved road

PARK RANGERS WITH MACHINE GUNS

 “Then one day some friends of ours drove ATVs (All Terrain Vehicles) on the one-way section of Heintooga Road from the hatchery on Big Cove Road in Cherokee.  After they’d ridden 3-4 miles up the road, they were stopped by park rangers who were carrying either M-4s or AR-15s machine guns.  Park rangers don’t carry those kinds of weapons. 

Machine Guns

M-4 machine gun and an AR-15 machine gun 

“Our friends were told to turn around because the road was closed and they weren’t permitted beyond that point.  Right there sends up a red flag.  And then when you ask rangers about it, they say ‘Oh, there’s nothing like that in the park.’

“Then I have an ex-military friend who now works for the National Park Service who’s told me they are not allowed to even ask about any of the unusual activity in the park.”

MANY MILITARY AIRDROPS IN AREA

“The Air Force has been doing an awful lot of airdrops over the past two years up there,” Clark said. “They come through Cherokee.  We were at the Cherokee fairgrounds one day and six big transports flew over. They appeared to be bigger than C-130s.  Their back gates were open and starting to close as they flew over the fairgrounds, so all six had just made a drop.

Cargo Plane

Clark took this photo of a cargo plane flying over Clingman’s Dome in the
GSMNP in the summer of 2012.  Note that the cargo door is open.

“Then up at Mile High Campground we saw low-flying planes dropping parachutes with big containers or packages on them.  We actually saw the parachutes coming out of the planes.  At the time, I thought there was some kind of military training going on, or perhaps the park rangers were supply outposts on the Appalachian Trail.

“Since then there’s been plenty of evidence that the military is building something in the remote area near Heintooga Ridge Road.  I believe from everything I’ve seen and heard that there’s an underground facility in that area that’s only accessible by helicopter.

Planes
Clark took the first two photos of Osprey aircraft flying low over the GSMNP in the fall of 2012.  The second photo was taken from the Mile High Campground.  The third photo is from the Internet and shows an Osprey at work.

An official line is that the military planes are being used for training for Afghanistan, but they’re pulling everyone out of Afghanistan so they can’t still be training for it.

“One day we saw sky cranes flying over with boxcar size containers. They were gray and I figured they were Army and the containers were green.  At the time, I figured they were putting in shelters for the park rangers.  Shortly after that, we put two and two together and realized they were building something.  They’re supplying something up there.”

NATIONAL PARK NOW A NO-FLY ZONE

While there are lots of U.S. Air Force planes and helicopters that fly over the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Clark said “The Park has been officially declared a no-fly zone and that the official excuse is that they’re trying to repopulate the elk and the noise would disturb them.”

Like Clark, most people believe the elk excuse is bogus because elk are thriving near the highway in front of the busy Oconaluftee Visitor Center in Cherokee. 

WATER RESERVOIR VANISHED

“Another thing that’s suspicious,” Clark said, “is the water reservoir in the area of the secret underground facility mysteriously dried up.

Water Reservoir

Photo of a 50,000-gallon underground water tank

“Two guys who ran the fish hatchery in Cherokee followed the river to see why the water wasn’t flowing like it should into the hatchery. They thought beavers might have built a dam.  Instead, they found a dry tributary and a 50,000-gallon tank almost completely buried in the old reservoir.  They also found pipes coming out of the ground and going into the tank.

“A year later, officials claimed the road had to be closed because of a washout, yet the tributary was bone dry.  It’s also interesting that the two guys from the fish hatchery were terminated for unknown reasons after they made their discoveries.”

SUSPICIOUS SOUNDS BENEATH GROUND

“I’ve suspected there was something being built up there for about three years because there was a lot of rumbling going on,” Clark said.  “In the middle of the night when everything is real quiet we’ve heard rumbling.

“Sometimes we take four-wheelers up on Heintooga Ridge and we’ve heard sounds like mining equipment, grinding sounds and booms or explosions.  One time my wife, daughter and I camped up there just beyond Mile High Campground and heard the sounds about four different times.

Even in Cherokee there have been loud noises that nobody could figure out where they came from.  We also have had tremors in Cherokee every now and then, but they’re never recorded by the USGA.  Yet, when there have been tremors in the nearby town of Sylva, the USGA records those.

“Finally, I want to emphasize there are many others who’ve seen and heard unusual things in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park including some park employees who are afraid to talk about any of it.”

 

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