Published On: Thu, Jul 31st, 2014

Gunter Fork Trail reopened in Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced on Thursday, July 31 that Gunter Fork Trail is now open. The trail had been closed since May due to a landslide along the trail.

The park trail crew completed the necessary repairs by re-establishing the trail through the slide area. The trail passes through rocky, steep terrain complicating the repair work. The trail was also closed in 2011 due to a slide in the same area.

The 4.1 mile trail lies in the east end of the park connecting Camel Gap and Balsam Mountain Trails. The Gunter Fork Trail is a route that takes users from the Walnut Bottoms area up to Balsam Mountain and Mt. Sterling.

For more information about trail closures, please visit the Park’s website at www.nps.gov/grsm or call the Backcountry Information Office (865) 436-1297.

– NPS

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