Shillalah Creek Trail closed to all visitor use due to sever storm damage

July 24, 2015
The Shillalah Creek Road is severely eroded with deep ruts.

The Shillalah Creek Road is severely eroded with deep ruts.

Special to The Mountain Advocate


The Shillalah Creek Trail, used to access the historic Hensley Settlement in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, has been closed to all visitor use due to severe damage caused by the recent heavy rains. Deep ruts and undercutting of road edges have made the 4.6 mile long road impassable and very unstable. Heavy water continues to run off of the mountain and down the road, continuing to erode its surface and subsurface. Any type of visitor use – whether by pedestrians, horses, bicycles or vehicles – could result in serious injury. Hensley Settlement tours, conducted by park staff, have been cancelled for the season. The August 12thShooting Star Spectacular at Hensley Settlement has also been cancelled.

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