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.

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National Park Service

Green shows roads that are open as of May 9th, 2020, and red shows roads that will remain closed. A mobile-friendlier version of this map is available online. Visit the park map page for many other maps including interactive maps you can install on your mobile device that will function inside of the park without cellular service.

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 through a phased approach that aligns with local, state, and national opening plans beginning Saturday, May 9.

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.

Park Operations: March 24 – May 8
Open Roads: Spur and Foothills Parkway
Remainder of park roads and trails closed. No pedestrian or bicycle access allowed on closed roads.

Park Operations: May 9 – until further notice
Open Roads: Open Restrooms: Open Picnic Areas: Backcountry Operations:
Newfound Gap Road *

Gatlinburg Bypass

Little River Road

Wear Cove Road

Laurel Creek Road

Cades Cove Loop Road (will open daily at 8:00 a.m. No closures for bicycles only)

Cherokee Orchard Road

Lakeview Drive Road

Deep Creek Road

Sugarlands Visitor Center

Newfound Gap*

Oconaluftee Visitor Center

Restrooms near Cable Mill in Cades Cove

Abram Falls Trailhead Restrooms

Rainbow Falls Trailhead Restrooms

Restrooms at open picnic areas

Chimney Tops

Metcalf Bottoms
(pavilion closed)

Cades Cove

Deep Creek
(pavilion closed)

Collins Creek (pavilion closed)

Laurel Falls Trail Closed

Alum Cave Trail Closed

Chimney Tops Trail Closed

Clingmans Dome Tower Closed

All other trails and backcountry campsites & shelters are open with reduced capacity limits. Many trailheads will not be accessible due to road access.

Backcountry Permits can be obtained beginning May 9
AT Thru-hiker Permits will not be issued

Visitor Centers and Campgrounds remain closed.
The following roads remain closed for motorists, but will be open for pedestrians and cyclists: Clingmans Dome Road, Elkmont Road, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, Tremont Road, Greenbrier Road, Cosby Road, Big Creek Road, Hwy 284, Cataloochee Road, Abrams Creek Road, Forge Creek Road, Rich Mountain Road, Little Greenbrier Road, Balsam Mountain Road, Heintooga Round Bottom Road, Straight Fork Road, Twentymile Road.
Concession Operations are scheduled to open on the following dates: Sugarlands Riding Stables on 5/9; Smoky Mountain Riding Stables is pending; Cades Cove Riding Stables on 5/18; Cades Cove Campstore on 5/23; Smokemont Riding Stables on 5/23; and LeConte Lodge on 5/18. These dates are subject to change pending labor availability.
Special Park Use Permits are limited to small groups, up to 10 people, at outdoor locations only for up to 30 minutes.

*Inclement weather could cause Newfound Gap Road to close due to ice or snow. Follow SmokiesRoadsNPS on Twitter for information on weather-related closures and openings for main park roads.

Updates about NPS operations will be posted on

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


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


Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738


(865) 436-1200

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