Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Clingmans Dome and Roaring Fork Road Closings

On Tuesday, December 1, Clingmans Dome Road will be closed for the winter. This will impact access to several trailheads along the road, including; the Spruce-Fir, Road Prong, Sugarland Mountain, Fork Ridge, Noland Divide, Forney Creek, and Forney Ridge (Andrews Bald) trails.

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail will also be closing on December 1. Trails impacted by this road closing include; Trillium Gap, Grapeyard Ridge, and Baskins Creek Trail.

The last road to shut-down for the season will be the Little Greenbrier Road, which will be closed on January 1, and will impact the Little Brier Gap Trail.

Of course all of the trails mentioned above will continue to be open but you may have problems reaching these particular trailheads.

Please Note:

Due to repaving projects on Clingmans Dome Road and Roaring Fork Road, the normal spring reopening dates (mid to late March) will not be valid. Clingmans Dome Road is scheduled to be closed through May 28, then intermittently opened until June 18.

The Roaring Fork Motor Trail near Gatlinburg will be closed until May 28, while the two-way portion of the connected Cherokee Orchard Road will be managed as a single lane during that time.

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Jeff
HikingintheSmokys.com

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