Lakeview Drive Tunnel
The term “Anakeesta Rock” comes from a formation identified in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by the U.S. Geological Survey. They identified a formation (or sequence of rocks) characterized rock types within it that contain iron sulfide minerals like pyrite (fool’s gold).
The formation is named the Anakeesta Formation after type localities of the rocks along Anakeesta Ridge in the Park. Since then the term “Anakeesta rock” is commonly used to refer to any rock that contains abundant iron sulfide mineral whether it occurs in the Anakeesta Formation or not.
The proposed extension of the North Shore Road does not go through the Anakeesta Formation, but it does go through other formations that contain layers of iron sulfide rich rocks similar to those in the Anakeesta Formation.
Most of the proposed road goes through the Copper Hill Formations, with a lesser length in the Wehutty Formation. Both formations contain zones or layers of graphitic-sulfidic rocks, which when exposed by construction activities create acidic runoff.
Source: Rick Wooten, North Carolina Geological Survey
- Tunnel on Lakewood Drive
- Swain County, North Carolina
- Open to pedestrians only
- Built during 1963-1970 as part of the planned "North Shore Road", never used due to Anakeesta rock being unearthed, dooming the project.
Total length: 1,200.0 ft.
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +35.46026, -83.54032 (decimal degrees)
35°27'37" N, 83°32'25" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 17/269472/3927052 (zone/easting/northing)
- Inventory number
- BH 69022 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- May 5, 2017: New photos from Sherman Cahal
- January 19, 2016: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: Refined history
- January 19, 2016: New photos from Jeremy Whitehead
- August 31, 2015: Added by Luke