May 21 Closures and Delays
The Loop Road will be closed periodically to vehicular traffic today while the contractor applies striping. Some overlooks will be closed for sealing. Expect delays entering and exiting the park where sealant is being applied to one lane.
Who needs a special use permit?
Many special activities may occur in national parks. Reserving the picnic shelter, commercial filming and photography, commerical tours, adventure races, and scientific research are just a few of the special uses that may be permitted under approved circumstances. These special use permits must be obtained in advance and may require payment of a fee.
Commercial Filming and Photography Permit
Filming/photography permits are issued when these activities or associated sound recordings are conducted within the park to ensure protection of resources, to prevent significant disruption of normal visitor uses, or when they involve props, models, professional crews and casts or set dressings.
Filming/photography permits are not required for visitors using cameras and/or recording devices for their own personal use or for sound technicians and film or video news crews at BREAKING NEWS events.
Special events, first amendment activities, and any potential ground-disturbing activities in the park require the issuance of a special use permit.
Fill out the application and bring it to:
If using a GPS, make sure to select "Gaffney" and not "Chesnee".
Did You Know?
Two ships were named for the Battle of Cowpens, CVL-25, a WWII light aircraft carrier, and CG-63, a guided missile cruiser.