Storm damage to a footbridge that crosses Ramsey Prong in Great Smoky Mountains National Park will force closure of the Ramsey Cascades Trail into late April.
Park officials say recent high winds felled a large hemlock tree onto the 60-foot-long footbridge that crosses the stream. The tree destroyed the handrail for the bridge, which is about 12 feet above the river. The bridge was also cracked and separated from the foundation.
For more information about trail closures, please visit the park’s website or call the Backcountry Information Office at 865-436-1297.