Basic Information

Notice: Due to the partial government shutdown this winter, delays in the spring opening of campgrounds, picnic pavilions, and cabins are anticipated. The reduced timeline for seasonal staff hiring and project planning has inherently shifted the scheduled opening dates to be delayed at some facilities. As the park determines the ability to open some facilities earlier, the reservation window will be expanded. For the most up to date information about projected facility openings continue checking this page.
 
FACILITY 2019 TARGET OPENING DATE
Abrams Creek Campground 5/23 – 10/9 April 19
Appalachian Clubhouse (2011) 4/1 – 10/31 April 19
Anthony Creek Horse Camp 5/23 – 11/12 April 19
Balsam Mtn Campground 5/17 – 10/9 May 17
Big Creek Campground 5/23 – 10/29 April 19
Big Creek Group Camp 5/23 – 10/29 April 19
Big Creek Horse Camp 5/23 – 10/29 April 19
Big Creek Picnic Area 5/23 – 10/29 April 19
Cades Cove Campground C1-12 and 26-61 are open year round.
C 13-25 and 62-76  5/23/2019
B loop 5/23/2019
C1-12 and 26-61 are open year round.
C 13-25 and 62-76  4/19
B loop 4/19
Cades Cove Group Camp 5/23 – 10/31 April 19
Cades Cove Picnic Area Year round Year round
Cataloochee Campground 5/23 – 10/29 April 19
Cataloochee Group Camp 5/23 – 10/29 April 19
Cataloochee Horse Camp 5/23 – 10/29 April 19
Chimneys Picnic Area 5/23 – 11/26 April 19
Collins Creek Picnic Pavilion 5/23 – 10/29 April 19
Cosby Campground 5/23 – 10/29 April 19
Cosby Group Camp 5/23 – 10/29 April 19
Cosby Picnic Pavilion 5/23 – 10/29 April 19
Deep Creek Campground 5/23 – 10/29 April 19
Deep Creek Group Camp 5/23 – 10/29 April 19
Deep Creek Picnic Pavilion 04/19/2019 April 19
Elkmont Campground LOOPS A-F: 3/08 – 11/25
LOOPS G-N: 5/23 – 10/31
LOOPS A-F: 3/08 – 11/25
LOOPS G-N: 5/23 – 10/31
Elkmont Group Camp 5/23-10/31 April 19
Firefly Event TBA TBA
Greenbrier Picnic Pavilion 3/29-10/31 March 29
Heintooga  Picnic Area 5/26 - 10/9 May 26
Look Rock Campground Closed Closed
Look Rock Picnic Area Closed Closed
Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Pavilion 5/23 – 10/28 April 19
Round Bottom Horse Camp 5/23 – 10/28 April 19
Spence Cabin 4/1 – 10/31 April 01
Smokemont Campground A/B: Year round
C-F: 5/23 – 10/31
A/B: Year round
C-F: 4/19 – 10/31
Smokemont Group Camp 5/23 – 10/31 A/B: Year round
C-F: 4/19 – 10/31
Tow String Horse Camp 5/23 – 10/29 April 19
Twin Creeks Picnic Pavilion                        3/29 – 10/28 March 29


                                                                                                                                      
ROADS 2019 TARGET OPENING DATES
Balsam Mtn Heintooga Rd 5/26 – 10/30 April 19
Clingmans Dome 5/23 – 11/30 April 19
Forge Creek Rd 5/23 – 12/31 April 19
Little Greenbrier Access Road 5/23 – 11/26 April 19
Parsons Branch Road CLOSED – hazard trees CLOSED
Rich Mtn Road 5/23 – 11/13 April 19
Roaring Fork Mtn 5/23 – 11/27 April 19
Round Bottom/Straight Fork Road 5/23 – 10/30
(Round Bottom HC closes 10/29 at noon)
April 19

Entrance Fees:

 
Forested mountains stretch to the horizon under a clear blue sky.
On a clear day at Clingmans Dome, the highest point in the park, you can view mountains stretching to the horizon.

NPS Photo.

 

Welcome to the Great Smoky Mountains!

Planning a vacation to the park? Here are some things you will need to know:

 

Be Prepared

  • Cell phone service is unavailable in many park locations, including Cades Cove and in Cataloochee. It is generally available in the communities surrounding the national park. Plan ahead! What will you do in an emergency if you don't have cell phone service? Carry essentials with you such as a first aid kit, prescription medications, drinking water, and clothing suitable for the weather conditions.
  • Check the forecast. Weather conditions can change rapidly in the park.
  • Roads, including Newfound Gap Road (US-441), may temporarily close due to weather. Follow road status updates on Twitter at https://twitter.com/smokiesroadsnps. Do you know an alternative route to your destination? Check park maps to plan one.
  • Avoid water hazards. Do not take risks while fishing, wading, or crossing streams.

 
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Last updated: February 14, 2019

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Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Phone:

(865) 436-1200

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