Spring Road Status
During spring, park roads may close due to ice, especially at high elevation where wet roads can freeze as temperatures drop at night. For road status information call (865) 436-1200 ext. 631 or follow updates at http://twitter.com/SmokiesRoadsNPS. More »
Newfound Gap Road Construction Environmental Assessment
The National Park Service, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, has prepared an Environmental Assessment for the Phase II portion of the Rehabilitation of Newfound Gap Road project.
Phase I of the project involves the rehabilitation of a 10.5-mile section of Newfound Gap Road from the Newfound Gap Parking Area south to just north of the Collins Creek Picnic Area.
Phase II of the project proposes to rehabilitate 6.5 miles of Newfound Gap Road from the Collins Creek Picnic Area to the park boundary with Cherokee, North Carolina. Scheduled work includes roadway paving, pull-out improvements, potential intersection improvements and miscellaneous work. The Newfound Gap Road Environmental Assessment was prepared to study the impacts of constructing left turn lanes at the Collins Creek, Smokemont Campground, Tow String Road, Park Circle Drive, Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Big Cove Connector Road (Saunooke Bridge Road) intersections.
Newfound Gap Road Environmental Assessment
Newfound Gap Road Environmental Assessment Newsletter (783 KB file size)
Weather Related Road Closings - phone (865) 436-1200
Did You Know?
The park’s high elevation heath balds are treeless expanses where dense thickets of shrubs such as mountain laurel, rhododendron, and sand myrtle grow. Known as “laurel slicks” and “hells” by early settlers, heath balds were most likely created by forest fires long ago. More...