Why does a popular GSMNP trail need repairs? Llamas, weather, tourists

SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- If you are looking to cool off in the mountains this weekend, one of the most popular trails will look a bit different.

Trillum Gap Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park / Source: WVLT

Work is underway to restore Trillium Gap Trail.

The trail is one used by llama trains to bring supplies to Mount LeConte.

"You couple that with people out there all the time. Weekends, Memorial Day coming up, this is going to be a very busy trail. So you put together a lot of people and a lot of weathering it's a lot of damage it does to the trail."

They're using materials, such as black Locus, that are found naturally in the park.

The work takes into account protection plans like Hemlock trees found in the park. Park officials said the repairs will take around seven months.

The trail will be closed Monday through Thursday, but will be open on weekends.