Temporary Road and Facilities Closures

February 13, 2016

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) is temporarily closed due to snow and ice.
  • Wear Cove Road
  • Foothills Parkway East
  • Foothills Parkway West
  • Greenbrier Road
  • Cosby Entrance Road
  • Cataloochee Entrance Road
  • Old NC-284 between Cataloochee and Big Creek
  • Toms Branch Road
  • Lakeview Drive
  • Abrams Creek Entrance Road
  • Newfound Gap Road (US-441) construction through May 2016 - crews will be working on the road between Sugarlands Visitor Center and Chimneys Picnic Area. Motorists can expect daytime lane closures and brief delays. Motorists should slow down and use extra caution in work zones.
  • Cherokee Orchard Road - The City of Gatlinburg will be repairing the road and retaining wall near Mynatt Park (just outside the park boundary) from Jan. 11-Feb. 27, 2016. The work will require a one-lane closure controlled by a temporary traffic light.
  • 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.

Seasonal Closures
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.
  • None
Bear Warnings - areas where bears are active. Please read What Do I Do If I See A Bear? for important safety information about bearS .
  • None

Other Backcountry Closures and Warnings

  • Metcalf Bottoms trail to Little Greenbrier School is closed until further notice due to a water system project in the area.
  • 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.
  • 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

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.

  • Cosby Nature Trail was impacted by flash flood, resulting in a bridge being washed out. While the trail remains open, hikers need to be prepared to ford the stream.
  • Rabbit Creek Trail - the bridge where the trail crosses Abrams Creek is out. This is a wide crossing that may be deep during high water events.
  • 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

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