Upcoming closures on the Gatlinburg Spur and Alum Cave Trail 

GATLINBURG, Tenn. — Great Smoky Mountains National Park maintenance crews will implement temporary, single-lane closures along the north-and southbound Spur Monday, August 14 through Thursday, August 17, and again Monday, August 21 through Thursday, August 24. Crews will remove fallen trees and branches, rock debris, and litter and will mow along road shoulders. 

The lane closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Drivers should reduce speeds, drive with extra caution, and anticipate delays during lane closures. 

Crews will also close Alum Cave Trail on Wednesday, August 16 to repair a bridge damaged by a tree during a recent storm.   

There will be no access to the trail during the closure. Hikers who wish to go to Mt. LeConte on August 16 may use one of the other trail routes to the summit. For more information about the other routes, contact the Backcountry Office at 865-436-1297. 

For more information about temporary road and trail closures at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, please visit the park’s Current Road, Facility, Trail & Backcountry Updates webpage. 

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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