Editor's note: Corrects name of trail to Springhouse Branch, not Gap.
Heavy rains have created unsafe conditions for horses on the Springhouse Branch Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Park officials say it likely won't be until early October that repairs to the trailbed are made for safe passage of stock.
Heavy rainfall this year resulted in the development of a wet weather spring that recently washed away the trail surface along a section of Springhouse Gap Trail exposing slick bedrock, the park said in a release.
Due to the steep terrain and unstable surface, the area is no longer safe for stock travel. The trail is passable for foot traffic, but hikers should exercise extreme caution.
Park crews will repair the trail by building an elevated structure made of natural materials, including locust posts and crushed stone, that will allow for proper drainage. The improvements will create a durable surface for horse travel. Crews will begin work in early September and expect to be completed by early October.