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Smokies crews repairing winter flooding to trails

Published On: Apr 22 2013 03:24:20 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 22 2013 01:54:13 PM CDT
GATLINBURG, Tenn. -

Great Smoky Mountains National Park crews are repairing trails that were damaged by flooding this winter.   

In Tennessee, the popular Chimney Tops Trail has been closed since January when high waters destroyed the pedestrian bridge at the beginning of the trail.       

Crews are working to replace the 70-foot long bridge and estimate the trail will reopen to weekend visitors by June 30. It will remain closed from Monday through Thursday until Oct. 17 for full rehabilitation.     

In North Carolina, park crews are repairing a slide area along Noland Creek Trail. It will be closed to all hikers and horseback riders from April 22 to May 2 between the trailhead and backcountry campsite 64. Campsite 64 will remain open, but campsite 65 will be closed during the project.