[TN-Bird] Smokies Rock Slide Expected to Close Little River Road Through Weekend

  • From: "Wallace Coffey" <jwcoffey@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "TN-birds" <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2009 18:02:21 -0400

Subject: Smokies Rock Slide Expected to Close Little River Road Through Weekend
Immediate Release                                     Contact:  Bob Miller
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 has 
announced that a rockslide is expected keep Little River Road between the 
Elkmont 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 

      Current Park Road information is available at (865) 436-1200.

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