Smokies trails, campgrounds closed in the wake of severe storms

Smokies trails, campgrounds closed in the wake of severe storms

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COSBY (WATE) - Several trails and campgrounds on the eastern part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are now closed after a storm with strong winds and heavy rains tore through the park Thursday.

Park officials said Gabes Mountain Trail and Snake Den Ridge Trail in Cosby and Baxter Creek Trail and Big Creek in Big Creek have been closed due to scores of downed trees.

The trails are impassable by foot or horse.

The park has also closed "B" Loop of Cosby Campground because of the storm damage.

The storm, which produced winds in excess of 80 mph struck the park late Thursday afternoon. Air monitoring stations at Clingmans Dome and Look Rock recorded over 60 mph winds.

"We are in the process of assessing the condition of all of the trails within the storm affected area," said acting Chief Ranger Steve Kloster.

Officials have no estimate for reopening the trails or the campground.

 

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