GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) — Two of the most popular roads in Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be briefly closed next month for educational purposes.

Park officials said Friday that the 7-mile Clingmans Dome Road will close Friday, Aug. 26, and Wednesday, Sept. 7. The closures will start the night before and continue through 1 p.m.

Cades Cove Loop Road will also be closed until 3:30 pm on Thursday, Sept. 8.

The closures are taking place for what the park described as a “special curriculum-based educational program.” During the closures, the roadways will be fully closed to all pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists.

Park officials say that during these temporary closures, visitors should consider alternate destinations — such as Look Rock Observation Tower along Foothills Parkway West, and Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.