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GSMNP Access Update

leah kirk

Roads through the Greenbrier section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be closed for bridge repairs through next month. The project by the Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division of the Federal Highway Administration is part of a larger effort to make preventative repairs to bridges throughout the park.

Ramsey Cascades Trail is temporarily closed. Alum Cave Trail will be closed Monday-Thursday until November 17, 2016 for trail restoration. Backcountry Campsite 11 is closed due to bear activity. Boat shuttles to and from Hazel Creek when lake levels are low are from the Ollie Cove Trailhead on the Hazel Creek embayment. Ask the shuttle service about this when making a reservation to be dropped or picked up. This is due to a bridge that is out of service on Hazel Creek and adds about 1/2 mile to the hike. Trail signs are in place to direct you from the Hazel Creek Trail and Lakeshore Trail intersection to Ollie Cove Trail that is one mile east on Lakeshore Trail from Hazel Creek.

Cosby Nature Trail was impacted by a flash flood, resulting in a bridge being washed out. While the trail remains open, hikers need to be prepared for the stream. Rabbit Creek Trail - the bridge where the trail crosses Abrams Creek is out. This is a wide crossing that may be deep during high water events. Boogerman/Caldwell Fork trails - several bridges are out. No schedule for repairs at this time. Trails are open, but hikers need to be prepared for the streams. Enloe Creek Trail - the footbridge crossing Enloe Creek has washed out. The steel bridge crossing Raven Fork is not affected.

Trails throughout the park have downed trees due to severe storms. Other trails may have areas that are difficult to negotiate due to downed trees. Bear warnings have be issued for the Laurel Falls Trail, Abrams Falls, Ramsey Cascades Trail, Grotto Falls Trail and Forney Creek Trail as well as backcountry campsite #10, #21, #60 and #113.