Due to a prescribed burn taking place this afternoon in the Great Smoky Mountains national park, the Wears Cove entrance will be closed to all traffic as it will be one of the fires control lines.
Hikers should also avoid going on the following hiking trails as well:
- Roundtop Hiking Trail
- Little Greenbrier Hiking Trail
- Metcalf Bottoms Hiking Trail
Visitors that are near the prescribed burn area as well as residents close to the park may see or smell smoke.
The Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area will remain open throughout the day. Wears Cove Road however will be closed from the bridge at the north end of the picnic area all the way up to the Wears Cove Entrance.
Prescribed burns are used to reduce the danger of out of uncontrollable wildfires by reducing the available fuel and increase biodiversity in the Great Smoky Mountains national park by simulating the natural action of wildfires.