GATLINBURG - The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will close several roads in facilities in advance of Hurricane Irma traveling into East Tennessee.
The park announced Saturday afternoon that some closures will begin Saturday, with more closures following Sunday.
On Sunday, campground will close after checkout beginning at noon. All of the other closures on Sunday will go into effect a 6 p.m.
Saturday's road closures in Tennessee are planned to include Ramsey Cascade Road and the upper section of Tremont Road.
On Saturday, the park will close front country campgrounds at Balsam Mountain, Big Creek and Deep Creek, plus horse campgrounds at Big Creek and Round Bottom.
On Sunday the park will close the following roads:
- Abrams Creek Road
- Cades Cove Loop Road (closing at 6 p.m.)
- Cherokee Orchard Road
- Cosby Access Road
- Elkmont Road
- Forge Creek Road
- Greenbrier Road
- Laurel Creek Road
- Little River Road
- Rich Mountain Road
- Roaring Fork Nature Trail
- Tremont Road
- Wear Cove Gap Road
On Sunday the park will close picnic areas at Cades Cove, the Chimneys, Cosby, Greenbrier and Twin Creeks.
Campgrounds closing Sunday include Abrams Creek, Cades Cove, Elkmont, Cataloochee, Cosby and Smokemont. Horse Camgrounds at Anthony Creek, Cataloochee and Tow-String will also close.
Other facilities closing include Appalachian Clubhouse and Spence Cabin, Cabin Mill Visitor Center, Cades Cove Stables, Smoky Mountain Stables, Smokemont Riding Stables, Sugarlands Riding Stables and the Tremont Institute.
You can check temporary road closures on the park's website HERE.
Cherokee National Forest Closed Monday
Additionally, the USDA Forest Service Officials announced that parts of the Cherokee National Forest south of the Great Smoky Mountains will close at noon on Monday.
The closure includes the Ocoee Ranger District in Polk County and the Tellico Ranger District in Monroe County.
According to a release from the forest service, the closure includes all recreation areas, dispersed use areas, viewing areas, picnic site, boats and the Ocoee Whitewater Center.
Forest service leaders say visitors with reservations affected may contact Recreation.gov on its website or call 877-444-6777.
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