Current Conditions

 
Fog fills the mountain valleys below Purchase Knob after a snowstorm.
Be sure to check the weather forecast and road conditions before travelling to the park.

NPS Photo from the Purchase Knob Webcam.

 

Road, Trail, and Facility Closures and Warnings

Coronavirus-(COVID-19)

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is increasing recreational access and services through a phased approach that aligns with local, state, and national opening plans.

Park managers have implemented an Adaptive Operations Plan with five operational phases. The park’s plan is designed to be adaptive to regional conditions by increasing or decreasing the scope of park operations as appropriate. Each operational phase will include a two-week assessment period before moving on to the next phase.

NOTE: Check this page often for the latest updates on open facilities and access. All openings are based on available staffing. Temporary closures may occur on short notice.

Abrams Creek Campground Road
Balsam Mountain Road
Big Creek Road
Cades Cove Loop Road (Road will open daily at 8:00 a.m. Closed to motor vehicles on Wednesdays from June 17 to September 30, 2020 for bicylces and pedestrians only.)
Cataloochee Road (To Palmer Chapel only due to road washout.)
Cherokee Orchard Road
Clingmans Dome Road
Cosby Road
Deep Creek Road
Elkmont Road
Foothills Parkway
Forge Creek Road
Gatlinburg Bypass
Greenbrier Road (Due to roadwork, open to Ramsey Cascades Trailhead only.)
Heintooga Round Bottom Road
Highway 284
Lakeview Drive
Laurel Creek Road
Little River Road
Newfound Gap Road/Highway 441
Rich Mountain Road
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Straight Fork Road
Tom Branch Road
Tow String Road
Tremont Road
Twentymile Road
Upper Tremont Road
Wear Cove Gap Road
Clingmans Dome
Newfound Gap
Restrooms near Cable Mill in Cades Cove
Restrooms near Oconaluftee Visitor Center
Restrooms near Sugarlands Visitor Center
Abram Falls, Alum Cave, and Rainbow Falls Trailheads
Restrooms at open picnic areas
Big Creek
Cades Cove
Chimney Tops
Collins Creek and Pavilion
Cosby and Pavilion
Deep Creek and Pavilion
Greeenbrier (Pavilion remans closed due to road damage.)
Metcalf Bottoms and Pavilion
Twin Creeks Pavilion
**Note that pavilions must be reserved through Recreation.gov
The following visitor centers and campgrounds are open as of June 8, 2020:

Visitor Centers:
Cable Mill in Cades Cove
Clingmans Dome
Mingus Mill near Oconaluftee
Oconaluftee Visitor Center
Sugarlands Visitor Center

Campgrounds:
Cades Cove
Deep Creek (Opens June 22, 2020)
Elkmont (Opens June 15, 2020)
Smokemont

Horse Camps:
Anthony Creek Horse Camp

The Following Campgrounds Remain Closed:
Family Campgrounds: Abrams Creek, Balsam Mountain, Big Creek, Cataloochee, and Cosby. Group Campgrounds: Big Creek, Cades Cove, Cataloochee, Cosby, Deep Creek, Elkmont, and Smokemont. Horse Camps: Big Creek, Cataloochee, Round Bottom, and Tow String.
Little Greenbrier Road remains closed for motorists, but is open for pedestrians and cyclists. Please park responsibly in public areas when accessing this location.
All trails are open, however, Trillium Gap Trail will be closed from Grotto Falls to the summit of Mt. Le Conte on Mondays through Thursdays until November 12, 2020 for Trails Forever Rehabilitation work. Hikers may still walk from the trailhead to Grotto Falls.

All trails and backcountry campsites & shelters have re-opened. Visit the Temporary Road and Facilities Closure page for information on any current campsite, shelter or trail warnings and closures.
LeConte Lodge, Sugarlands Riding Stables, Cades Cove Riding Stables, Cades Cove Campstore, and Smokemont Riding Stables. Smoky Mountain Riding Stables will remain closed.
Special Park Use Permits are allowed per standard guidance which allows for groups up to 25 at outdoor locations, or as defined by the capacity of the facility, for periods up to 60 minutes.

At this time, Spence Cabin is open, however, churches and the Appalachian Clubhouse may not be used for special events.

**Note that Spence Cabin must be reserved through Recreation.gov

Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus.

Road, trail, and facility closures may occur due to severe weather events such as winter storms, floods, and tornados. Backcountry campsites, shelters, and trails that are frequented by black bears may have warnings posted or be closed. Check current closures before coming to the park.

For updated road information please call (865) 436-1200. Once you hear a voice, dial extension 631 for road information.

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

WARNING: Please be advised that the Metcalf entrance road and bridge is for passenger vehicles only, NO large campers.

 
 
Foggy, snowy weather shrouds trees along Newfound Gap Road

Kristina Plaas photo

Weather Forecasts

Current weather forecasts are available by phone at (865) 436-1200 extension 630 or online from the National Weather Service:

Gatlinburg, TN forecast
Cherokee, NC forecast
Temperature and precipitation data for past 24 hours

 
The view of distant mountains from Look Rock Tower

WebCams

Two webcams provide a current view of the park and information about air quality conditions. Images are updated every 15 minutes.

Look Rock (located on the western end of the park)
Purchase Knob (located on the eastern end of the park)
Twin Creeks (PHENOCAM-located on the Northern end of the park)
LeConte Creek (PHENOCAM-located on the Northern end of the park)
Newfound Gap (View of Southeast end of park)
Clingmans Dome (Looking West)

 
High water on the Little River after heavy rains

Kristina Plaas photo

River Levels and Flow

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) maintains water gages that measure flow, river height, and temperature at Little River near Townsend, TN and in Cataloochee Creek in North Carolina. Note that on the discharge chart, the average streamflow is represented by an orange triangle, so that you can compare today's flow to the historic average.

Little River conditions
Cataloochee Creek conditions


 
 

Last updated: July 9, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Phone:

(865) 436-1200

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