GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) – The Great Smoky Mountains National Park closed several roads Thursday morning because the park is experiencing high winds ahead of a cold front.
Little River Road from Sugarlands Visitor Center to the Townsend Wye, Wears Cove Gap Rooad and Metcalf Bottoms were reopened.
Around 3 p.m. GSMNP Road Info tweeted saying Cherokee Orchard Road and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail were now open.
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Winds are expected to grow stronger this evening with gusts up to 45 mph across the higher elevations, the Park Service said.
The current road closures will remain in effect until the High Wind Warning has expired. At that time, crews will reassess conditions and begin clearing roads for reopening, the Park Service said.
Hikers are advised to avoid hiking during this time period across the park, particularly in areas with standing dead trees.
Park visitor centers and the Cades Cove Loop Road will remain open at this time, according to the Park Service news release. Visitors should exercise extreme caution when making travel plans.
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