Landslide Closes Gunter Fork Trail In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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The Gunter Fork Trail has been closed indefinitely by a landslide./NPS

A landslide has closed the Gunter Fork Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park indefinitely.

The slide occurred in the same area where a 2011 slide also closed the trail.

The 4.1-mile-long 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, but it is not one of the park’s most heavily used trails. The Swallow Fork Trail provides alternative access to the same areas.

For more information about trail closures, please visit the park’s website or call the Backcountry Information Office at 865-436-1297.