Newfound Gap Road reopened following rock slide


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — US Hwy 441 Newfound Gap Road between Gatlinburg and Cherokee, N.C. through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was temporarily closed due to a rock slide Tuesday night.

The National Park Service announced that the road was reopened to all traffic at 3:30 p.m. Park officials said received assistance from contractors to remove 50 yards of debris.

A Park spokesperson said Wednesday morning the road was closed due to debris and some rocks that were still coming down near mile marker 13. The slide occurred on the Tennessee side of the park just below the gap, according to a post by LeConte Lodge.

Newfound Gap Road was closed from the intersection with Little River Road, near Sugarlands Visitor Center, to Smokemont Campground Road. Access to Smokemont Campground remains open from the North Carolina side, the Park said.

The National Park Service announced the closure at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday night on Twitter.

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