• Approximately 1,500 black bears live in the national park.

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

Seasonal Road Schedule

Primary roads such as US-441 (Newfound Gap Road), Little River Road, and the Cades Cove Loop Road are open year round, weather permitting. Click for information about temporary weather and construction related road closures of these roads.

Secondary roads are subject to seasonal closures. Seasonal opening and closing dates for secondary roads are listed below:

• Balsam Mountain Road
Open May 23 - November 2, 2014.
Buses, motorhomes, vans longer than 25 feet, and passenger vehicles towing trailers are prohibited on this road

• Cades Cove Loop Road
This road is closed to motor vehicles on Wednesday and Saturday mornings until 10:00 a.m. from May 7 through September 24, 2014 to allow bicyclists and pedestrians to enjoy the cove. Otherwise the road is open daily from sunrise until sunset, weather permitting.

Clingmans Dome Road
Open March 28 - November 30, 2014, weather permitting.

• Forge Creek Road
Subject to closure from December through March due to mud.

• Heintooga Ridge Road
Open May 23 - November 2, 2014.

• Little Greenbrier Road (to the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse)
Open April 11- November 30, 2014.
Buses, motorhomes, vans longer than 25 feet, and passenger vehicles towing trailers are prohibited on this road

Parson Branch Road
Open April 11 - Novmeber 16, 2014.
Buses, motorhomes, vans longer than 25 feet, and passenger vehicles towing trailers are prohibited on this road
Please note: When Forge Creek Road is closed due to mud, Parson Branch Road is not accessible to motor vehicles.

Rich Mountain Road
Open April 11 - November 16, 2014.
Buses, motorhomes, vans longer than 25 feet, and passenger vehicles towing trailers are prohibited on this road

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Open April 11- October 31, 2014.
Buses, motorhomes, vans longer than 25 feet, and passenger vehicles towing trailers are prohibited on this road
The road will remain closed to all public use, including hiking and biking, until April 30, 2015 to replace eight bridges along the road.

• Roundbottom/Straight Fork Road
Open April 4- November 2, 2014.

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