GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS - Demolition is set to begin in the Elkmont historic district in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The park service plans to preserve 19 cabins and demolish 55 others in the former resort area. Already, the park has restored the Appalachian Clubhouse and Spence Cabin and has begun salvaging items from those cabins that will be razed.
To accommodate the demolition work, the park will close Little River Trail from the trailhead to the junction with Cucumber Gap Trail to all use Monday through Friday until May 5, 2017. All campsites and shelters in the backcountry will remain open and can be accessed using routes that do not include the closed section of the Little River Trail.
The Jakes Creek Trail will also be closed from the Trailhead to the junction with the Cucumber Gap Trail to all use Monday through Friday from May 8, 2017 through May 26, 2017, though all campsites/shelters in the backcountry will remain open and can be accessed using alternate routes.
Both trails will be fully open on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the work project.
Elkmont is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smoky Mountains and offers a glimpse of life in the decades before the property became a national park.
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