Section of Jocassee Gorges road closed due to landslides

The SCDNR has closed a 3-mile section of Horsepasture Rd. in the Jocassee area due to landslides.

Downpours caused unsafe conditions

Because of landslides caused by massive amounts of rain, the SCDNR has closed a 3-mile section of Horsepasture Rd. inside the Jim Timmerman Natural Resources Area at Jocassee Gorges. The agency deemed the road, located in northern Pickens County, unsafe for travel.

The closed section includes the portion from Bootleg Rd. south to Jocassee Dam. SCDNR Jocassee Gorges land manager Mark Hall said the road will remain closed for an indefinite period of time. A whopping 8 inches of rain in a 10-hour period drenched the area to unsafe levels.

“Everything is just saturated,” Hall said.

The road has been closed since Apr. 26. It will remain closed until further notice.

Jocassee Gorges contains rare and unusual plants and animals. It is also home to many diverse wooded ecosystems and many rivers and streams. It is a popular spot for hunting, fishing, mountain biking, paddling, birdwatching, and general nature viewing.

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