Current Conditions


  • A cloudy sky above a fog-filled valley with green trees in the foreground.

    Clear skies in lower areas do not guarantee the same weather in the higher elevations.

  • A gravel road surrounded by bright green trees with sun shining through the canopy
    Closures & Alerts

    Know the status of the park's roads, facilities, and trails before you go.

  • A partly cloudy sky above rolling blue-green mountains and dark green forests

    Webcams show current views at various park locations, updated every 15 minutes.


Primary roads such as US-441 (Newfound Gap Road), Little River Road, and the Cades Cove Loop Road are open year round, weather permitting. Road closures may occur due to severe weather events such as winter storms, floods, and tornados.

  • Secondary roads are subject to seasonal closures.

  • For updated road information please call (865) 436-1200. Once you hear a voice, press 1, then press 1 for road information or 2 for a weather forecast.

  • Follow road status updates on X (formerly known as 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.

Visitor Centers in the park are open year-round, except Christmas Day. Daily operating hours for visitor centers.

Cades Cove and Smokemont campgrounds remain open year-round. The park's eight other campgrounds and five horse camps close seasonally. Backcountry (backpacking) campsites are open year-round.

Cades Cove, Deep Creek, Greenbrier and Metcalf Bottoms picnic areas are open year-round. The park's remaining picnic areas close seasonally.

Trails, backcountry campsites, and shelters that are frequented by black bears may have warnings posted or be closed. Check current trail closures before coming to the park.

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: January 12, 2024

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Gatlinburg, TN 37738



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