Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Most roads closed in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park due to winter storm

Old man winter blew in hard and with high elevations in the Great Smoky Mountains National park measuring as mush as 17 inches of new snow accumulation the major roads in the national park are all closed including Newfound Gap Road (us 441) a major through road connecting Cherokee North Carolina and Gatlinburg Tennessee.

The following roads are closed due to snow and ice the Great Smoky Mountains National Park:

  • Newfound Gap Road (US 441) TN to NC
  • Foothills Parkway East in Cocke County Cosby / Newport area
  • Foothills Parkway West in Blount County west of Townsend
  • Gatlinburg Bypass in TN
  • Little River Road in TN
  • Laurel Creek Road in TN west of the Tremont Road Junction
  • Cades Cove Loop Road in TN
  • Greenbrier Road TN
  • Cataloochee Entrance Road NC
  • Old Route 284 (Big Creek to Cataloochee)

Even though there was a minor accident on the spur connecting Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg Tennessee as of now the road remains open. Driver who wish to use the Spur are cautioned that there are still slushy spots even though the road has been heavily salted and drivers should use extreme caution.

Best advice when there is accumulation on the roads is to only drive when absolutely necessary.

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