TN/NC Road Work and GSMNP Birthday…
Tennessee (GSMNP/Clingmans Dome): A reminder from Highpointer Lee Price in Jamestown NC, US-441 (Newfound Gap Road) repaving between Collins Creek Picnic Area south to the boundary with Cherokee, NC is scheduled for March 16, 2009 through September 2010.
Weather-related road and facility closures may change throughout the day. For updated road and weather information please call (865) 436-1200. Once you hear a voice, dial extension 631 for road information or extension 630 for a weather forecast. You may wish to write this number down when traveling to the area for handy reference for road and weather updates.
Visit www.nps.gov/grsm/ for the latest information. The webpage is updated 2-3 times a week. This year is also the parks 75th Anniversary! Go to the GSMNP Anniversary Website for more information.
Mount Mitchell NC Tower Open for Visitation Road Work Still Ongoing…
Tower construction is complete and they are “unofficially” open to the public. They should have an official opening next month but we are not keeping visitors from the tower.
Access to Mount Mitchell State Park is limited to the Northeast end of the Blue Ridge Parkway (from State Route 80). The Parkway is still closed between Mt. Mitchell and Asheville with a detour to Route 80.
The Parkway hopes to have one lane open by May 15th, 2009 which would then allow access. You can contact the Blue Ridge Parkway for more information if you like. NPS / BRP Road Closure Information
(Thanks to Maschelle Peyton at Mount Mitchell State Park for this update.)