Road, Trail, and Facility Closures and Warnings
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 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.
Current COVID-19 Mitigations:
Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus.
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 Twitter. Updates are available for Newfound Gap Road (US-441), Little River Road, Laurel Creek Road, and Cades Cove Loop Road.
Current weather forecasts are available by phone at (865) 436-1200 extension 630 or online from the National Weather Service:
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)
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: December 10, 2020