If it’s not a rockslide, it’s a landslide causing havoc for driving in and around the Smokies. This time, it’s highway 441 in the park. That’s the OTHER main route.
This is the drive from Gatlinburg to Cherokee. A landslide just past the NC/TN border has caused traffic to have to drive on just one lane. Just to give you an idea of where this is, Newfound Gap is on the NC/TN border, so this is close to Newfound Gap.
Find more info on this particular landslide at the link below.
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Here’s another good story. It might cause some traffic delays at the end of the year, and into upcoming years, but it sounds like it will be well worth it. The Newfound Gap road will be renovated (it sounds like many of the areas beside/near/under the road mainly) beginning at the end of 2010. They will wait until the end of the fall tourist season. They plan to repair some of the barriers and other aspects of the road from Gatlinburg to Newfound Gap.
While traffic isn’t a good thing, I’m glad to be able to report to you so many improvements in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park recently. You can find a little more info at the story below.
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Great news. It looks like Little River Road is back open. That was the location of the most recent rock slide. As we told you earlier this week, https://gosmoky.wordpress.com/2010/03/20/rock-slide-on-little-river-rd-may-be-cleared-by-sunday-evening/ the rock slide closed the Little River Road for several days. If you’re not familiar, that’s the road in the park that leads from Gatlinburg to Cades Cove or Townsend. The good news is, Cades Cove loop road is closed right now for repaving anyhow. If you had to have a rock slide there, I guess now was as good a time as any. There is a little more info on the opening of the road at the story below.
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This is a hot topic on the blog, so I’ll try to keep updated daily on the latest from the Little River Rd. rockslide. The road is closed right now, and it looks like crews are hoping to get the road back open by Sunday evening. According to the article below, it was discovered at around 2AM Thursday morning. Little River Rd. is the road to Cades Cove (or Townsend) from Gatlinburg in the park. If you are leaving the Sugarlands Visitor Center parking lot, Little River is the road you would turn right to head down. We drove down that road a couple of weeks ago. This is also the way to get to Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. That’s where we were headed.
Fortunately, Cades Cove is closed while they rebuild the road there, so I would imagine fewer people would need Little River Rd. than usual anyhow. Hopefully it will be open Sunday evening.
I’ll update this post as I get new info… feel free to subscribe to this blog, so the updates will be sent to your automatically:)
This rock slide is the 7th rock slide in the last 5 months in the Smokies…
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This is becoming an all too common report. Yet ANOTHER rock slide in the Smokies. This one includes SUV-SIZED boulders. It happened on Little River Rd. That’s the road to Cades Cove in the park. I’ve been wondering why there have been so many rock slides, and the first news report below explains why. If you read about the geology of the park, you understand that one reason the Smokies is a much smoother mountain range than other mountain ranges, like the younger mountains out west, is that over time rocks fall down the mountains, and into the valleys.
Well, the recent rains, coupled with the colder weather/snow means the rock has cracked up a bit. Small fractures get water in them that expands as the water freezes. That then expands the crack. The process continues until the rock breaks off. That explains how huge boulders end up in the rivers of the Smokies.
Due to the size/location of the slide, there is no time-frame yet to have the road cleared/back open. I’ll post updates here as I find them. Check out more at the links below…
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