Landslide Closes Popular Scenic Drive in Great Smoky Mountains National Park


Landslide takes out big chunck of Newfound Gap Road

Landslide takes out big chunck of Newfound Gap Road

Newfound Gap Road (US Highway 441) in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park between Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and Cherokee, North Carolina, is closed to through traffic due to a landslide at Mile Marker 22 on the North Carolina side of the park. The road is open in Tennessee from Gatlinburg to Newfound Gap; however it is subject to closure when the road becomes snowy or icy. Access to Smokemont campground is permitted from the Cherokee entrance in North Carolina. The Oconaluftee Visitor Center and Mountain Farm Museum remain open.

The landslide took out a 200 foot section of the very popular scenic drive and the gap is 50 feet deep. The slide is still active with debris continuing to fall. Park rangers and engineers do not have an estimated time frame for the road to be repaired and reopened. This area of the park received 10 inches of rain in the last week.  Other entrances to the Smokies on the North Carolina side near Asheville remain open, weather permitting. This includes Cataloochee Valley, the home of the elk and several historic buildings in a beautiful valley. For more info, see our Great Smoky Mountains Guide.

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