TOWNSEND, Tenn. (WATE) — A “large” rock slide closed a main road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for nearly 18 hours.

Crews were on the scene working to clear debris from Laurel Creek Road at the Townsend Wye, park officials said Monday. The road reopened around 11:20 a.m. on Tuesday.

The road is the main entrance to Cades Cove at the Townsend entrance to the park.

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The park service said the road was closed temporarily while crews worked to clear the road.

In other parts of the park, Greenbriar Road remains closed due to flood damage in 2022. Northbound traffic on the Spur is reduced to one lane through April 7, as tunnel repairs are underway.