Rock Slide on Hwy 441
After a day of on-again, off-again rainfall, we were treated to a beautiful rainbow over High Top. We saw over .75" of rainfall yesterday. So, it is no wonder that the park has experienced another rock slide on 441. I called the park service and was informed that they were hoping to have the slide cleared up within the next couple of hours. If you are hiking up today and were planning on taking Alum Cave, you can still come that way, you just may be getting on the trail a little later. The slide is around the Chimney Tops Overlook. It is between Gatlinburg and Alum Cave trail. If you are wanting to get an early start, you can still take Bullhead, Rainbow, or Trillium Gap trails. I hope this information helps. I will try and keep an eye on the blog comments for any questions.
7/21/2013 12:34:31 am
Wow! A rock slide would be something scary to see sliding down at you. I'm sure they will get it cleaned up fast. Nice rainbow!
7/21/2013 01:07:53 am
I see a double rainbow.
7/21/2013 01:14:12 am
I see it too Norm !
7/21/2013 01:08:27 am
Sounds like here's an option coming from North Carolina - you can go to Newfound Gap from Cherokee and get on the AT/Boulevard Trail.
7/21/2013 03:09:38 am
Yes you can. The Boulevard is a very scenic trail!
Just for future reference (they cleared the rockslide yesterday morning), the suggestion of Newfound Gap was nice, but in fact the Park Service gated the road down at Smokemont. And I think that is generally where they close the road on the NC side even if the problem is way over on the TN side much closer to Gatlinburg.
7/21/2013 01:30:25 am
A double rainbow indeed !
7/21/2013 01:43:20 am
sitting at Sugar Land ranger said it'd be about another 30 minutes and the road will be open.
7/21/2013 02:47:16 am
Sorry, but it is still not open. We were asked to leave the place were waiting.
7/21/2013 02:11:16 am
Thanks for the road update, I have family visiting who want to go to Gatlinburg tomorrow from WNC makes a long trip with NFG road closed. Glad to see my favorite mountain is finally getting some decent weather :-)
7/21/2013 03:00:49 am
Yes. Rainbows are always double. Although often very faint. The colors are also reversed order in the secondary rainbow.
7/21/2013 11:05:34 am
love Leconte anywhere at anytime, even when I worked for the hospital..lol missin the beautiful mountains...
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