Date: August 14, 2009 865/436-1207
Smokies Rock Slide Expected to Close Little River Road Through Weekend
Great Smoky Mountains Chief of Facility Management Alan Sumeriski hasannounced that a rockslide is expected keep Little River Road between theElkmont Campground and the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area closed through Monday. The slide is located about two miles west of the Elkmont Campground junction.
Sumeriski said, “When the slide first occurred we had hoped our own
road crew could make the road safe in a few hours, but a second slide soon occurred which left a large patch of unstable rock still clinging to the
slope above the road. We estimate that there are about 30 truckloads of
this loose material that must be pulled down and hauled off to halt the
Motorists wishing to travel between the Park’s Gatlinburg Entrance
and Cades Cove or Townsend must detour to Pigeon Forge via U.S. 441 North and then U.S. 321 South into Townsend and back into the Park on TN 73 to reach the Park’s Laurel Creek Road to Cades Cove.
“Visitors can still reach Elkmont Campground by way of the Gatlinburg
Entrance.” Sumeriski said. “Metcalf Bottoms and the 8-miles of Little
River Road from the Picnic Area to the Townsend junction are still
accessible from U.S. 321 in Wears Valley via Line Springs Road or from the
Townsend end. Due to bridge load restrictions, no vehicles larger than
passenger vans are allowed to enter the Park via Line Springs Road. Travel on the Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441) between Cherokee, NC and Gatlinburg, TN is not affected”
Current Park Road information is available at (865) 436-1200.
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