October 9, 2015
Weather-related road and facility closures may change throughout the day. For updated road and weather information please call (865) 436-1200. Once you hear a voice, dial extension 631 for road information or extension 630 for a weather forecast.
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Roads and Facilities
Temporary Closures and Construction Projects
- Newfound Gap Road (US-441) construction in 2015 - crews will be working on the road between Sugarlands Visitor Center and Chimneys Picnic Area. Work on the project will be suspended during the month of October due to high traffic volume in the park. Work will resume on November 2. At that time, motorists can expect daytime lane closures and brief delays. Motorists should slow down and use extra caution in work zones.
- Foothills Parkway (unfinished section) - the entire unfinished section between Walland and Wears Valley is now closed to all public use until 2017 due to construction.
- Blue Ridge Parkway - for information about parkway closures, please call (828) 298-0398 or visit the parkway's website at http://www.nps.gov/blri/index.htm.
For information about seasonal closures, including Clingmans Dome, Rich Mountain Road, Parson Branch Road, and others during the winter months, please see:
Seasonal Road Closures
Seasonal Facility Closures
For current backcountry trail and campsite information, please call (865) 436-1297.
- areas that are closed due to bear activity. Please read What Do I Do If I See A Bear?
for important safety information about bears.
- Backcountry Campsites 24, 113
- Grotto Falls Trail
- Laurel Falls Trail
- Little River Trail
- Ramsey Cascades Trail
- Mount Le Conte Lodge area
- Cosby Knob Shelter
- Mount Le Conte Shelter
- Russell Field Shelter
- Backcountry Campsites 13, 21, 38, 41, 95
Other Backcountry Closures and Warnings
- Alum Cave Trail and associated parking areas will be closed to all visitor use on Monday mornings at 7:00 a.m. through Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. each week (excluding federal holidays) from May 4 through November 19, 2015. The trail will be open on Friday through Sunday. More information
- Whiteoak Sink area is closed through March 31, 2016 to limit human disturbance to bat hibernacula and to help hikers avoid interactions with bats. This closure includes the area bounded by Schoolhouse Gap Trail and Turkeypen Ridge Trail west to the park boundary. The Schoolhouse Gap and Turkeypen Ridge trails will remain open.
- Forney Creek Trail - crews will be working on the trail through October 15, but the trail will remain open.
- Fontana Dam is closed to vehicle traffic until March 31, 2016 while TVA completes maintenance on the dam. Foot traffic will be able to access the dam from the steps beside the visitor center.
- Scott Mountain Trail is closed from campsite #6 to Schoolhouse Gap. Campsite #6 is open.
- Backcountry Campsite 11 is closed
Please note that the park's backcountry is managed as a natural area where the forces of nature determine trail conditions. The following list includes some conditions that the park is currently aware of. However, hikers may encounter trail conditions not listed below that require caution. Be prepared for swollen streams, bridge washouts, downed trees, and trail erosion when hiking in the park's backcountry.
- Snake Den Ridge Trail and Cosby Nature Trail - impacted by flash flood. There is one bridge out on each of these trails. While these trails remain open, hikers need to be prepared to ford the streams.
- Boogerman/Caldwell Fork trails - several bridges are out. No schedule for repairs at this time. Trails are open, but hikers need to be prepared to ford the streams.
- Enloe Creek Trail - the footbridge crossing Enloe Creek has washed out. The steel bridge crossing Raven Fork is not affected.
- Trails throughout the park have downed trees due to severe storms. Please see the list of closed trails above. Other trails may have areas that are difficult to negotiate due to downed trees.
- Boat shuttles to and from Hazel Creek when lake levels are low are from the Ollie Cove Trailhead on the Hazel Creek embayment. Ask the shuttle service about this when making a reservation to be dropped or picked up. This is due to a bridge that is out of service on Hazel Creek and adds about 1/2 mile to the hike. Trail signs are in place to direct you from the Hazel Creek Trail and Lakeshore Trail intersection to Ollie Cove Trail that is one mile east on Lakeshore Trail from Hazel Creek.
Cave and Mine Shaft Closure
Entry into all caves and mine shafts is prohibited due to concerns about the spread of white nose syndrome among bats. more