North Carolina Department of Transportation has announced the closure of Cove Creek Road into Cataloochee Valley. The winding and unpaved road will be closed starting Feb. 10, 2020. It is scheduled to reopen on May 20, 2020.
Crews will restore the original width of the road by building a new retaining wall on the slope above the road to help prevent future slides and unexpected closures.
In 2013, a slide removed a portion of the road and hillside below the road. NCDOT crews made short-term repairs that have kept the road passable for more than six years. Now, these improvements should stabilize this location for decades.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park will close Highway 284 — the alternate route into Cataloochee from Tennessee — throughout the duration of the construction project at the park boundary approximately two miles north of Mt. Sterling Gap. For more information on GSMNP road and trail closures, please visit the park website at www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/temproadclose.htm.