Road construction has pushed back the opening date for the Elkmont Trails to Oct. 15. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park recently announced a delay in the reopening of the Little River/Jakes Creek Trail access road in the Elkmont area due to continuing construction work. The work consists of repaving all of the connecting roads to the popular trails in Elkmont and creating formalized parking areas for the trailheads, as well as a new day use parking area at the Appalachian Clubhouse.
Managers were expecting to complete the work by Labor Day, but progress was held up by the addition of underground utility work which delayed award of a contract. Limited access is still being provided to hikers to reach the Little River Trail, but there is no safe access through the construction site to the Jakes Creek Trail.