Cades Cove Loop Road to close for spraying on Monday
GATLINBURG (WATE) - Cades Cove Loop Road will close to all traffic on Monday while forestry technicians spray hemlock trees to protect them against the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA).
HWA is an invasive species of insect that feeds on the sap of the hemlock tree, eventually leading to the death of the tree.
On Monday, the park will close the 11-mile loop of Cades Cove to traffic while they spray a horticultural oil used to kill the insects.
On Tuesday, the park will close the final three miles of the loop to vehicles. Drivers can still tour the first eight miles of the loop, but will have to take a detour to exit Cades Cove at Hyatt Lane.
Hikers will still have full access to Cades Cove on foot during both days of spraying.
More information on the hemlock woolly adelgid is available on the National Park Service website.