Franklin, NC – August 25, 2019 – Several landslides on the Nantahala Ranger District have temporarily closed US 19/74 and the Nantahala River in the Nantahala Gorge in Swain County.
Crews from the North Carolina Department of Transportation are clearing debris from US 19/74. Their operations are expected to continue into Tuesday. A detour has been established. Westbound vehicles will take NC 28 West to Steccoah then NC 143 South to Robbinsville then NC 129 South to Topton and US 19/74. Eastbound traffic goes in reverse. Follow @NCDOT_Westmtn on Twitter (twitter.com/NCDOT_Westmtn) for traffic updates.
All river rafting and kayaking operations on the Nantahala River have been temporarily suspended. Debris from the landslides has entered the river making passage extremely hazardous.
Visitors should avoid these areas to ensure their own safety and that of crews assessing and clearing debris. Follow the National Forests in North Carolina on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nfsnc) or Twitter (twitter.com/NFsNCarolina) for updates and photos.