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Speck Lover
03-04-2010, 01:46 PM
It appears that there is going to be quite a bit of repaving going on in the GSMNP when the weather breaks, according to the NPS:



Cades Cove Loop Road is closed to all public use through May 21 for repaving.



Clingmans Dome Road is closed to all public use through May 28 for repaving.



Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is closed to all public use through May 28 for repaving.



The Sinks parking area on Little River Road closed through May 25 for repaving.



US-441 (Newfound Gap Road) repaving between Collins Creek Picnic Area south to the boundary with Cherokee, NC is scheduled for March 2009 through September 2010.


For a more detailed version, check out:

http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/road-facility-improvments.htm

(http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/temproadclose.htm)

AKSkim
03-05-2010, 12:24 PM
When I read your post last night I was very disappointed to see Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is going to be closed in May.

I fished that stream last year and that was very high on this years streams to visit.

Does anyone know if you are able to park in Gatlinburg and walk in? Or is the NPS closing everything down?

Thanks in advance.

Speck Lover
03-05-2010, 01:31 PM
From what I have read, the NPS states that the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail will be closed to all public use, including hiking, until May 28. The trailheads along the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail will also be closed until May 28, and this includes the Baskins Creek Trail, Grapeyard Ridge Trail, and the Trillium Gap Trail at the Grotto Falls entrance.

AKSkim
03-05-2010, 03:33 PM
Thanks for the response.

That was not what I wanted to hear.

I saw the mill in there and thought it was something.

This year I will head on over to Mingus Creek area and check out that mill.

Course I will have to do a wee-bit of fishing while there.

Rog 1
03-05-2010, 04:10 PM
I don't see anything that would stop you from entering the creek outside the Park and fishing up the creek...would probably mean you would have to walk back out down the creek bed...I do know that there are several places up the lower gorge that require some bushwacking to get around two plunge pools that can be difficult...the only other thing would be that outside the Park you would also need a trout stamp

Jim Casada
03-05-2010, 04:28 PM
AKSkim--I think you would be perfectly legal as long as you weren't hiking trails--just fishing. You could drive up to the Park line (road is two-way outside the Park) or near it, find a place to park (if memory serves there are some) and let the stream be your trail from there.
Jim Casada
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Rog 1
03-05-2010, 06:20 PM
There is a mill/store right where the one lane road exits the motor trail....the actual park boundary is a couple hundred yards up the road from this store....to get to the river from the park boundary is a steep haul....lost a net going down there a year or so ago...if you find it please let me know....it would be easier entering the stream behind the mill and fish/walk up to the park boundary if you don't have a trout stamp....also depending on the time of year...watch out for the stinging nettles...this area is lousy with them....but, if they are closing this area down a little effort should pay off with some good fishing.

rivergal
03-06-2010, 10:26 AM
http://i951.photobucket.com/albums/ad355/rivergalphotos/loop015.jpg

nvr2L8
03-06-2010, 11:10 AM
Considering the 50" of snow on top of LeConte, it's going to be a while before Roaring Fork warms up this Spring.

Rog 1
03-08-2010, 11:16 AM
Don't be too pessimistic...saw this morning where LeConte only has 46" of snow....

AKSkim
03-08-2010, 03:15 PM
Thanks for the input.

To me if the park is closed in that area, it is closed.

The streams in and around the Mingus Creek area
look rather interesting to fish for a day.


Any thoughts?

Rog 1
03-08-2010, 03:53 PM
I can remember when the LR road was closed for bridege and road repairs for over a year and there was no way in to Elkmont....could not walk the roads or ever ride a bike...but the rangers OK'd getting into the area by alternate trails....a buddy and I were going to come in off of Clingman's Dome but one of the rangers suggested hiking over Huskey's Gap...anyway the road closure did not close down the area....

AKSkim
03-08-2010, 04:19 PM
I can remember when the LR road was closed for bridege and road repairs for over a year and there was no way in to Elkmont....could not walk the roads or ever ride a bike...but the rangers OK'd getting into the area by alternate trails....a buddy and I were going to come in off of Clingman's Dome but one of the rangers suggested hiking over Huskey's Gap...anyway the road closure did not close down the area....


Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail will close to vehicle traffic for the winter on November 30, 2009 and will not reopen until May 28, 2010 due to road repaving. The road will be open to pedestrian and bicycle use from November 30 until February 14, but will be closed to all public use, including hiking, bicycling, and auto touring from February 15 until May 28, 2010.

I think if it didn't have the hiking clause in it I might consider it.

To get to any part of the stream inside of the park boundry you would have to either drive or hike to it.

Rog 1
03-08-2010, 06:00 PM
Man...this is like work...being a lawyer I get paid to argue but here it is on my own time...looking at your quote I would argue the key work is "road"...as in "the road will be closed to public use"....Roaring Fork can be accessed from the Park boundary by fishing up the stream....as I said earlier to do this and not use the road would dictate walking back out down the the streambed....if you are down in this first part of the stream up to the first bridge you can't get to the road anyway unless you are a mountain goat or an Army Ranger....