Temporary Road and Facilities Closures

 

Weather-related road and facility closures may change throughout the day.
For updated road and weather 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.

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Roads and Facilities

Temporary Closures and Construction Projects

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  • Ramsey Prong Road and Greenbrier Road, past the Greenbrier Picnic Area, will be temporarily closed to all motorists and pedestrians beginning Monday, January 11 through Friday, March 26 while the park replaces the Ramsey Prong Road Bridge. The picnic area will remain open and accessible throughout the closure period.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway - for information about parkway closures, please call (828) 298-0398 or visit the parkway's website at https://www.nps.gov/blri/index.htm.

Seasonal Closures
For information about seasonal closures, including Clingmans Dome, Rich Mountain Road, Parson Branch Road, and others during the winter months, please see:


Backcountry Facilities

For current backcountry trail and campsite information, please call (865) 436-1297.

Bear Closures - areas that are closed due to bear activity. Please read What Do I Do If I See A Bear? for important safety information about bears.

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Bear Warnings - areas where bears are active. Please read What Do I Do If I See A Bear? for important safety information about bears.

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Other Backcountry Closures and Warnings

  • Alum Cave Trail and associated parking lots to accomodate the replacemenet of two foot-log bridges near the Arch Rock area. The area will be closed weekly on Monday through Thursday from February 8 through February 25. The trail will be fully open each week on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, along with President’s Day on Monday, February 15.
  • Ramsey Cascades Trail, Porters Creek Trail, and Backcountry Campsite 31 will be closed Monday, January 11 through Friday, March 26 due to lack of access to trailheads. Old Settlers, Brushy Mountain, and Grapeyard Ridge Trails will remain open, but hikers will not be able to access these trails from the Greenbrier area while the park replaces the Ramsey Prong Road Bridge. Hikers should plan their routes carefully.
  • Scott Mountain Trail is closed from campsite #6 to Schoolhouse Gap. Campsite #6 is open.

Trail Cautions
Please note that the park's backcountry is managed as a natural area where the forces of nature determine trail conditions. The following list includes some conditions that the park is currently aware of. However, hikers may encounter trail conditions not listed below that require caution. Be prepared for swollen streams, bridge washouts, downed trees, and trail erosion when hiking in the park's backcountry.

  • Rabbit Creek Trail - the bridge where the trail crosses Abrams Creek is out. This is a wide crossing that may be deep during high water events.

  • Boogerman/Caldwell Fork trails - several water crossings exist on the Caldwell Fork Trail. Hikers need to be prepared to ford the streams.

  • Boat shuttles to and from Hazel Creek when lake levels are low are from the Ollie Cove Trailhead on the Hazel Creek embankment. Ask the shuttle service about this when making a reservation to be dropped or picked up. This is due to a bridge that is out of service on Hazel Creek and adds about 1/2 mile to the hike. Trail signs are in place to direct you from the Hazel Creek Trail and Lakeshore Trail intersection to Ollie Cove Trail that is one mile east on Lakeshore Trail from Hazel Creek.

Cave and Mine Shaft Closure
Entry into all caves and mine shafts is prohibited due to concerns about the spread of white nose syndrome among bats. more

Last updated: January 20, 2021

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107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Phone:

(865) 436-1200

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