UPDATED — Newfound Gap Road is now open — Slide results in temporary closure of Newfound Gap Road

Press release from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park:

Updated at 5:32 p.m. — Great Smoky Mountains National Park crews reopened Newfound Gap Road to all traffic at approximately 3:30 p.m. Park crews received specialized assistance from contractors to complete the work which included the removal of 50 yards of debris.

For more information about temporary road closures, please visit the park website athttps://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/temproadclose.htm or follow SmokiesRoadsNPS on Twitter.


Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced today that Newfound Gap Road is closed until further notice due to a rockslide that occurred near mile-marker 13 around 9 p.m., Tuesday Aug. 24. Newfound Gap Road is closed from the intersection with Little River Road, near Sugarlands Visitor Center, to Smokemont Campground Road. Access to Smokemont Campground remains open from the North Carolina side.


Park staff are currently working to mitigate the issue in order to open the road as quickly as is safely possible. Updates will be provided as available.


For more information about road conditions, please visit the park website at https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/temproadclose.htm or follow SmokiesRoadsNPS on Twitter.
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