Smokies' Gunter Trail reopened after landslide

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- The Gunter Fork Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is back open after a May landslide caused it to be shut down.

The 4.1 mile trail lies in the east end of the park. It connects the Camel Gap and Balsam Mountain trails and is a route that takes users from the Walnut Bottoms area up to Balsam Mountain and Mt. Sterling.

According to a news release from the park, repair work on the trail was complicated by the area's rocky, steep terrain.

The same trail was closed three years ago due to another slide in the same area.

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