Sunday, June 7, 2009

Trails / Cades Cove Loop Road closures on June 13

Due to the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra performance this coming Saturday, several trails will be closed and the Cades Cove Loop Road will have a varied opening and closing schedule.

The road will open to all motor vehicles at sunrise (around 6:30 a.m.) and close at noon to all vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. The normal Saturday morning road closure for bicycle and pedestrian use this Saturday will not be in effect.

Although the road is open from 6:30 to noon, all traffic will be closed beyond Hyatt Lane. Traffic will be detoured across Hyatt Lane to exit Cades Cove. The west end of the Loop Road will be closed all day.

At 12:00 noon, general access to Cades Cove will be terminated at the Townsend Wye near Townsend, TN. Rangers will still allow registered campers staying at the Cades Cove campground to pass through to the campground.

The concert and subsequent road closures will impact many trails in the area.

* All trails on the west end of Cades Cove will be closed all day. This includes Abrams Falls, Gregory Bald, etc.

* All trails on Laurel Creek Road and trails in Cades Cove east of Hyatt Lane will be closed at noon. This includes Rich Mountain Loop, Anthony Creek, Lead Cove, Schoolhouse Gap, etc.

* All trails in the Tremont area will be closed at noon. This impacts the West Prong, Lumber Ridge and the Middle Prong trails.

The concert begins at 3:00 p.m. and a vehicle pass must be presented for the evening Knoxville Symphony performance.

For more information on the concert, road closures and trail closures, click here: (PDF).

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