Damage on Gabes Mountain Trail. Courtesy: GSMNP
Thursday's violent thunderstorm caused quite a bit of damage in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, blowing down several trees and closing trails.
Gabes Mountain Trail and Snake Den Ridge Trail in Cosby, and Baxter
Creek Trail and Big Creek in Big Creek have been closed because of
downed trees. Rangers say the trails are impassable by foot or horse.
Officials are still assessing the damage, so other trails in the area could close as well. When the storm was passing through, air monitoring stations at Clingmans Dome and Look Rock recorded winds of more than sixty mile per hour.
In addition to the trail closures, the Park has also closed the "B" Loop of Cosby Campground due to damage.
Park officials do not know when the trails and camping will reopen.
"We are in the process of assessing the condition of all of the trails within the storm affected area," said acting Chief Ranger Steve Kloster. "Hikers and equestrians may want to confirm trail openings by contacting the Park's Backcountry Office or by visiting our website before planning routes through this section of the Park."
For the most up to date closure information, visit the Park's website at
www.nps.gov/grsm or call our Backcountry Office at 865-436-1297.