GSMNP to reopen trails closed since November 2016 wildfire

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced Thursday that the park will reopen the Bull Head Trail and Sugarland Mountain Trail on Friday.

Both trails had been closed since the November 2016 Chimney Tops 2 wildfire due to damage. 

Park trail crews have spent several weeks this year repairing over 500 feet of trail tread, cutting down 758 downed trees, removing over 20 large rootballs and boulders. as well as repairing the replacing 53 trail drainage structures.

Both trails pass through area in the park that had burned at a high intensity, according to GSMNP officials, including some sections where the entire tree canopy was lost.

The park advises that hikers should remain alert for hazards such as loose rocks and falling trees or limbs and should avoid hiking these trails during and after high wind or rain advisory events. At all times, hikers should also avoid lingering around standing dead trees.

Donations from across the country as well as from Friends of the Smokies made the trail rehabilitation projects possible to help fund park recovery needs following the wildfire. 

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