Cherokee National Forest announces road closures

John Thompson • Mar 15, 2019 at 12:45 AM

MOUNTAIN CITY — The recent storm damage has forced the closure of several National Forest System Roads in the Cherokee National Forest, including Sink Mountain Road (NFSR No. 298) to Sink Mountain Boat Ramp in Johnson County.

The Forest Service reported the road is closed at the bridge crossing Doe Creek near the junction of Tennessee Highway 167.

There is a major landslide on Sink Mountain Road and there is no estimate of when it might reopen.

The U.S. Forest Service said many National Forest System Roads were “heavily impacted by the record breaking rainfall received this winter.” Cherokee National Forests visitors should be prepared for poor driving conditions on forests service roads.

In addition to Sink Mountain Road, there are three other forest service roads in the Cherokee National Forest that are closed by weather-related damage. Those are Paint Mountain Road in Greene County and All Top Road and Brush Creek Road in Cocke. County

Work to complete Brush Creek Road and Paint Mountain Road should be completed by March 22. There is no estimate on the length of time required to open Hall Top Road, which has a major landslide on it.

Paint Mountain Road (NFSR No. 54) is closed from Lone Pine Gap at the top of the mountain down to the junction with Paint Creek Road (NFSR No. 41).

Brush Creek Road (NFSR No. 209) is closed from Allan Branch Pond to the junction of Weavers Bend Road (NFSR #209C).

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