Outdoors Briefs

Cades Cove closures coming up

The Cades Cove Loop Road will be closed for night work beginning Aug. 16 ahead of a resurfacing project that will cause a full closure of the one-way road next month.

The popular roadway, which is used by more than 2 million visitors each year, will be fully closed from Tuesday, Sept. 7, through Monday, Sept. 27, for resurfacing. It will not be accessible to motorists, pedestrians, cyclists or horseback riders during that time, and trails must be accessed from outside Cades Cove, as there will be no access to Cades Cove trailheads during the closure.

Prior to the full closure, the road will be closed to pedestrians and motorists for night work Sunday through Monday, Aug. 16 to Thursday, Sept. 2, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Work also includes resurfacing of the campground entrance road from Laurel Creek Road to the Cades Campground and the parking area adjacent to the Cades Cove Campground Store. The campground, picnic area, campground store and horse stables will remain open and accessible throughout the duration of the paving project. 

Additionally, current roadwork along Forge Creek Road is ongoing. Forge Creek Road has been closed to all use since Nov. 2, 2020, to replace five bridges, and that closure has been extended through Friday, Aug. 27. 

The Cades Cove Loop Road was fully reconstructed and resurfaced in 2010, and this year’s preventative pavement treatment will extend the life of the asphalt surface. Full closure is necessary to allow trucks and paving equipment to move along the narrow, one-way road. 

For Smokies road updates, visit www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/temproadclose.htm

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  • Will cades cove be closed sept 1

    posted by Patti boyert

    Wednesday, 09/01/2021

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