A severe winter weather event has left parts of the Smoky Mountain National Park closed to visitors, leaving the park’s scenic views of the Great Smoky and the surrounding region in shambles.
The park reopened Monday following a series of severe winter storms, including one that left the park in its worst condition since it was built more than a century ago.
The National Park Service said it was forced to close several parks on Monday due to severe winter conditions.
The park has been closed since Nov. 13.
The parks main attraction, the Smokys famous Blue Ridge Trail, is now completely closed.
The trail was closed on Sunday due to heavy snow.
The Trail was reopened Sunday.
The Blue Ridge is considered one of the most spectacular parts of Smoky Mounts scenery.
The Smokies famous Blue Creek, the largest of the mountain’s many streams, runs through the park and is the highest in the park.
The river is known for its wild beauty.
It is said to have no natural water source and is home to the most beautiful fish and wildlife in the country.
There were no closures in the Smoked Mountains of West Virginia and the Mount Rushmore National Monument in South Dakota.
The Grand Tetons, a popular destination for those visiting the parks southern border, is still open.
The Tetons has been under threat of heavy snowfall and flooding from a severe storm.