Date: April 3, 2014 Contact: Public Affairs Office, (865) 436-1207
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced the temporary closure of Noland Creek Trail from the trailhead at Lakeview Drive to Campsite 65 for crews to repair a landslide on the 1.5 mile section of trail that is used for cemetery access in the spring.
The 1.5 mile trail section and Campsite 65 will be closed to all useMondaythroughThursdaybeginningMonday, April 7 through Thursday, April 24. Backpackers who currently have a backcountry permit to stay at Campsite 65 or require access to the Noland Creek Trailhead on Lakeview Drive to begin or end an overnight backcountry trip will be allowed to pass through the construction zone with the assistance of on-site park staff by showing a copy of their permit.
Heavy machinery is required to complete this project. The temporary trail closure is necessary to provide for the safety of all trail use including hikers, horses, and workers. In order to lessen the impact of the closure, the trail will remain open on weekends throughout April.
“We regret the inconvenience to our park visitors,” said Acting Superintendent Pedro Ramos. “Our team has thoughtfully planned the work to make the needed repairs as efficiently as possible so that visitors can safely use the trail this spring and we can provide access to cemeteries.”
Did You Know?
What lives in Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Although the question sounds simple, it is actually extremely complex. Right now scientists think that we only know about 17 percent of the plants and animals that live in the park, or about 17,000 species of a probable 100,000 different organisms.