Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have officially announced the temporary closure of a Smoky Mountain road. Gnatty Branch Road off the northbound Spur between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge will be closing daily through March 27.
According to Local 8 Now, the road will be closed from 8:00am to 3:00pm each day for park crews to rebuild the shoulder of the road that sloughed off during winter flooding. Those who would normally take Gnatty Branch Road can detour by taking King Branch Road and Boogertown Road. The detour distance is less than 7 miles.
About the Spur
The Spur serves as the route most people take between two cities, and closures will not affect the main roadway, only the Gnatty Branch Road to the intersection. Those who stay in a vacation cabin on the Spur can expect short commute times to both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge because of the convenient location to both cities.
Other Great Smoky Mountains National Park News
Other temporary closings in the National Park include the popular hiking trail Ramsey Cascades. For visitor safety, officials are making repairs to the 60-foot footbridge that was damaged by a large hemlock. The tree destroyed the bridge’s handrail, making it unsafe for hikers. Ramsey Cascades will reopen in April.
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