Thursday, May 21, 2009

Ramsey Cascades Trail to be closed next Thursday

The upper section of the Ramsey Cascades Trail in the Greenbrier area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be closed next Thursday, May 28, to replace a foot bridge.

Workers will be replacing a foot log over a section of the Ramsey Prong that the park considers too deep and swift to allow hikers to cross using rocks in the water.

Hikers will still be able to hike to the end of the old gravel road-bed - roughly 1.5 miles from the trailhead.

Several months ago, the Trails Forever program focused their efforts on rehabilitating the surface of the Ramsey Cascades Trail. As a result of heavy traffic and erosion, trail workers removed roots and rocks, and improved drainage in order to prevent future erosion on the popular trail.

Hikers might also note that Parson Branch Road is scheduled to reopen tomorrow. The gravel road in Cades Cove has been closed as a result of damage from a storm that dumped 3.4 inches of rain in the area back on January 7.

The road opening provides easier access to the Gregory Bald and Hannah Mountain trails.

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