Landslide delays visits to 2 Smokies cemeteries

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- Visitation at two cemeteries in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been moved from this month to autumn because of flood damage to roads.

Visitation had been scheduled for April 28 at Branton and Lower Noland cemeteries on the North Carolina side of the park, but park officials say a significant landslide occurred on the cemetery access road.

The park and representatives of the North Shore Cemetery Association rescheduled the visitation to coincide with the Wiggins Creek cemetery visits on Oct. 13.

Smokies Superintendent Dale Ditmanson said park officials have made repairs to the road a priority so visits to the to Branton, Lower Noland and Wiggins cemeteries can all be made in the fall.

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