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.
Spence Cabin "River Lodge"
The sounds of the Little River fill the rooms of "River Lodge", inviting you to relax and enjoy this secluded haven tucked into the woods of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Sitting on the banks of the Little River in the Elkmont Historic District, this whimsical, pink cottage is a fun and unique venue for weddings, family gatherings, and corporate meetings.
The kitchen has stainless steel counters, a double sink, a refrigerator and microwave oven. Electrical outlets can be used to keep food warm and to accommodate catering.
Outdoors, two stone patios offer pleasant, shady spots for entertaining. One patio sits directly on the bank of the river.
Most of the cabin is wheelchair accessible. Parking for 2 to 3 vehicles is available at the front of the building with additional parking just a short walk away.
River Lodge is available for day-use rental from spring through fall. Reservations and more information, including a map and photographs are available by searching for "Spence Cabin" at www.recreation.gov
Take A Short Video Tour of Spence Cabin
The park's two non-profit, partner organizations, the Great Smoky Mountains Association, and The Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, have posted a video tour of Spence Cabin on their YouTube channels. Both organizations also offer a number of other interesting videos about the national park. The links below go directly to the Spence Cabin video, but be sure to check out the organizations' YouTube channels to view all of the additional videos they offer! (By clicking on the links below, you will be leaving the national park website and going to our partner organizations' YouTube pages.)
Did You Know?
The barn at the Mountain Farm Museum at Oconaluftee Visitor Center is over 50 feet wide and 60 feet long. A modern 2,500 square foot home would fit in the upstairs loft of the barn and over 16,000 hand-split wooden shingles are required to roof it. More...