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Smokies Springhouse Branch Trail closed to horses

GATLINBURG, Tenn. -

(AP) - The Springhouse Branch Trail at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is temporarily closed to all horse traffic.

According to the park, heavy rainfall washed away a section of the trail surface, exposing slick bedrock.

The trail is passable for foot traffic, but hikers are advised to exercise extreme caution.

Park crews will repair the trail by building an elevated structure of natural materials that will allow proper drainage. The improvements will create a durable surface for horse travel. Work is expected to be complete by early October.

More information is available on the park's website at http://www.nps.gov/grsm or by calling the Backcountry Information Office at (865) 436-1297.

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