Rain washes out Laurel Falls Trail in Smokies

One of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s most popular trails is temporarily closed because of storm damage.

After weeks of snow and ice saturated the soil, this week’s rains washed out a portion of the Laurel Falls Trail just before the falls. A park volunteer discovered the damage on March 11, 2015.

“Our trail crews are experienced with these kinds of washouts and will work to make the necessary repairs so that the Laurel Falls Trail, one of our most popular in the park, can be safely reopened for hikers,” said Trails Program Manager Tobias Miller.

Once the damage has been evaluated and a repair plan made, the park will announce when the trail will be back open.

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