Park Reopens Bote Mountain Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced the partial reopening of a 2.9-mile section of Bote Mountain Trail on Friday, November 2 for hikers only. This popular trail provides access from the Cades Cove area to the Appalachian Trail near Spence Field.
The trail section has been closed since September 24 while extensive rehabilitation was underway, involving both the use of mechanized equipment and hand tools. This popular trail, used by both hikers and horse riders, had become heavily eroded and incised due to inadequate drainage. Park trail crews spent several weeks repairing 101 existing drainage structures, installing 10 new drainage structures, repairing over 240 feet of trail tread, and removing rocks, roots, and brush along the trail section.
To ensure the sustainability of the improvements, the trail will remain closed to horse use through the winter, freeze-thaw cycle. During this time, while it is open for hikers only, the trail crew will also continue to monitor the repair. We expect the trail to fully reopen to all use on March 2, 2019.
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