Just in time for the Memorial Day Weekend, park officials in the Great Smoky Mountains have announced that the popular Abrams Falls Trail has reopened.
The trail was closed after a tornado ripped through western end of Cades Cove on April 27th and downed more than 4500 trees in the area.
The 2.5-mile trail to Abrams Falls was reopened yesterday, however, 33 miles of trails and three backcountry campsites remain closed in that area:
• Backcountry Campsites 3, 11, 15
• Ace Gap Trail
• Beard Cane Trail
• Cooper Road Trail from the Beard Cane/Hatcher Mountain Trails junction to the Cades Cove Loop Road
• Hannah Mountain Trail is closed from Rabbit Creek Trail junction to Abrams Falls/Little Bottoms Trails junction.
• Hatcher Mountain Trail
• Little Bottoms Trail is closed from Campsite 17 to Abrams Falls/Hannah Mountain Trails junction
• Rabbit Creek Trail
• Wet Bottoms Trail
• All trails leaving from the Abrams Falls trailhead and Abrams Creek Ranger Station are closed to horse riding due to downed trees.
According to a press release from today, the Park has hired a number of local people and is receiving assistance from 23 trail workers from six western parks to help support Park efforts to clear and rehabilitate trails. There is no estimate when the repairs to the other trails will be completed at this time.
For more information on hiking to Abrams Falls, please click here.