Winter Road Status
During winter, roads in the park may close due to snow and ice, especially at night when water from melting refreezes on roads. For road status information please call (865) 436-1200 ext. 631 or follow road updates at http://twitter.com/SmokiesRoadsNPS. More »
Elkmont Campground Water
Due to water line construction in the Elkmont Campground, drinking water will not be available in campground sinks. Containers of drinking water will be provided to campers upon check-in. We expect full water service to be restored by March 19.
Volunteers Needed to Assist in Trail Rehabilitation
Contact: Christine Hoyer, 828/497-1949
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is currently recruiting for volunteers to assist a Trails Forever trail crew on reconstruction projects on the Forney Ridge Trail Friday-Monday from May 20th to October 16th.
Park Superintendent Dale Ditmanson said “Since its inception, thousands of volunteer hours and hundreds of workdays have been devoted to the Park’s backcountry trail system under the Trails Forever program. The steady growth of the number of volunteers and the quality of the trail improvements that have been made highlights the value of the program in serving to maintain one of the most important resources of the Park, its 800 mile trail system. We hope to continue this momentum.”
To sign up for a work day or for more information, contact Christine Hoyer at 828/497-1949 or by email.
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...