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Roads and facilities start to reopen across park

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Date: November 21, 2023
Contact: Emily Davis, 865-440-0066

GATLINBURG, Tenn.—After assessing conditions and removing downed trees, debris and other hazards, park rangers and park maintenance staff have started reopening roads in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The following roads are currently open: 

  • Little River Road 
  • Laurel Creek Road 
  • Cades Cove Loop Road 
  • Cherokee Orchard Road 
  • Foothills Parkway West 

Newfound Gap Road (US Hwy 441) from Gatlinburg, TN to Cherokee, NC will reopen at about 6:30 p.m. today. Other roads are expected to open later today or tomorrow. Elkmont and Cades Cove campgrounds are open. 

Visitors should be aware that hazards may exist, including wet roads, fog and the potential for snowfall and freezing temperatures at higher elevations. Hikers should use caution on trails and look out for downed trees and limbs. Trail crews will assess trails tomorrow for hazards. 

Despite rain across the park today, a burn ban is still in effect, which prohibits all campfires and charcoal use until further notice.    


Last updated: November 21, 2023

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