Little River Road blocked by rock through weekend

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) - A rockslide during a busy tourism month has closed a section of a popular Smoky Mountains road.

The National Park Service said Friday that the slide in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was expected to keep Little River Road closed through Monday.

A crew was clearing rock from the slide on Friday when more rock came down and left a dangerous overhang that had to be brought down as well.

The incident was about 2 miles west of the Elkmont Campground junction.

Little River Road was closed between the Elkmont Campground and Metcalf Bottoms.

Traffic between Elkmont and the popular Cades Cove was being routed back through Pigeon Forge and over U.S. 321 to Townsend.

About 9 million people came to the Smokies in 2008, the most-visited of the national parks.

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