Temporary Road and Facilities Closures

July 30, 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.

Follow road status updates on Twitter at http://twitter.com/smokiesroadsnps. Updates are available for Newfound Gap Road (US-441), Little River Road, Laurel Creek Road, and Cades Cove Loop Road.

This webpage is updated 3-4 times a week. For the most current report, please call the number listed above or follow SmokiesRoadsNPS on Twitter.

Roads and Facilities

Temporary Closures and Construction Projects
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  • Newfound Gap Road (US-441) construction in 2015 - crews will be working on the road between Sugarlands Visitor Center and Chimneys Picnic Area. Motorists can expect nighttime lane closures and delays from June 15-August 15. During the period, crews will be working along the sides of the road during the day, however daytime lane closures will not be allowed. Motorists should slow down and use extra caution in work zones. From August 16-September 30, daytime lane closures will again be allowed.
  • 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.
  • The Blue Ridge Parkway is a separate National Park Service unit from Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For information about parkway closures, please call (828) 298-0398 or visit the parkway's website at http://www.nps.gov/blri/index.htm.

Seasonal Closures Are In Effect At This Time
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

Backcountry Facilities

For current backcountry trail and campsite information, please call (865) 436-1297.

Bear Closures - 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 13, 24, 36, 37, 41
Bear Warnings - areas where bears are active. Please read What Do I Do If I See A Bear? for important safety information about bears.
  • Baskins Creek Trail
  • Laurel Falls Trail
  • Mount Le Conte Lodge area
  • Cosby Knob Shelter
  • Davenport Gap Shelter
  • Derrick Knob Shelter
  • Mount Le Conte Shelter
  • Russell Field Shelter
  • Backcountry Campsites 21, 38

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
  • White Oak Branch Trail will be closed everyday, July 27-August 20. During this closure, users can use the Forney Creek Trail for routes that acces the Lakeshore Trail.
  • Forney Creek Trail from White Oak Branch Trail to Jonas Creek Trail will be closed Monday through Thursday, August 24-September 24, except Labor Day, Monday, September 7.
  • Scott Mountain Trail is closed from campsite #6 to Schoolhouse Gap. Campsite #6 is open.
  • Backcountry Campsite 11 is closed

Trail Cautions
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.
  • 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

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