Closure extended for Greenbrier area
Closure of the Greenbrier area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been extended again, this time expected to last through May 15.
A partial closure of the area was originally announced in January to last through March 26, but the closure was later extended to include the entire area beyond the Greenbrier Ranger Station and last through April 23.
This new delay is due to difficulty acquiring materials — especially lumber and steel — for the Ramsey Prong bridge replacement and Porters Creek culvert replacement, which necessitate the closure. The projects are part of a larger Federal Highway Administration project to replace seven bridges and repair seven others across the park.
This full closure applies to all motorists and pedestrians.
Ramsey Cascades Trail, Porters Creek Trail, Grapeyard Ridge Trail, Backcountry Campsite 31, Backcountry Campsite 32, and all manways along the Greenbrier Road will also be closed to visitor use for the duration of the construction closure. Old Settlers and Brushy Mountain Trails will continue to be open, but hikers cannot access these trails from the Greenbrier area during the closure and should plan their routes carefully.
For more information about temporary road closures, visit www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/temproadclose.htm.