Temporary Road and Facilities Closures


April 1, 2019

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, dial extension 631 for road information or extension 630 for a weather forecast.

Follow current road status updates on Twitter at SmokiesRoadsNPS. Users can choose to receive text messages (text "follow smokiesroadsnps" to 40404), follow us directly on Twitter, or access from the internet using this link: https://twitter.com/smokiesroadsnps. Updates are available for Newfound Gap Road (US-441), Little River Road, Laurel Creek Road, and Cades Cove Loop Road.

This webpage is updated 3-4 times a week. For the most current report, please call the number listed above or follow SmokiesRoadsNPS on Twitter.

Roads and Facilities

Notice: Due to the partial government shutdown this winter, delays in the spring opening of campgrounds, picnic pavilions, and cabins are anticipated. The reduced timeline for seasonal staff hiring and project planning has inherently shifted the scheduled opening dates to be delayed at some facilities. As such, the table below shows the dates we are currently able to commit to. Our current forecast opening dates are also shown. We are striving to open many facilities prior to this as seasonal staffing becomes available. As the park determines the ability to open some facilities earlier, the reservation window will be expanded. For the most up to date information about projected facility openings continue checking this page.
FACILITY Current Committed 2019 Season Current Forecast Opening Date
Abrams Creek Campground 5/23 – 10/9 April 26
Appalachian Clubhouse 4/1 – 10/31 April 1 Final
Anthony Creek Horse Camp 5/23 – 11/12 April 19
Balsam Mtn Campground 5/17 – 10/9 May 17 Final
Big Creek Campground 5/23 – 10/29 April 19
Big Creek Group Camp 5/23 – 10/29 April 19
Big Creek Horse Camp 5/23 – 10/29 April 19
Big Creek Picnic Area 5/23 – 10/29 April 19
Cades Cove Campground C1-12 and 26-61 are open year round.
C 13-25 and 62-76 5/23/19
B loop 5/23/19
C1-12 and 26-61 are open
C 13-25 and 62-76 4/19
B loop 4/19
Cades Cove Group Camp 5/23 – 10/31 April 19
Cades Cove Picnic Area Year round Open
Cataloochee Campground 5/23 – 10/29 April 19
Cataloochee Group Camp 5/23 – 10/29 April 19
Cataloochee Horse Camp 5/23 – 10/29 April 19
Chimneys Picnic Area 5/23 – 11/26 April 19
Collins Creek Picnic Pavilion 5/23 – 10/29 April 19
Cosby Campground 5/23 – 10/29 April 19
Cosby Group Camp 5/23 – 10/29 April 19
Cosby Picnic Pavilion 5/23 – 10/29 April 19
Deep Creek Campground 5/23 – 10/29 April 19
Deep Creek Group Camp 5/23 – 10/29 April 19
Deep Creek Picnic Pavilion 5/23 - 10/29 April 19
Elkmont Campground LOOPS A-F: 3/08 – 11/25
LOOPS G-N: 5/23 – 10/31
LOOPS A-F: March 8 Final
LOOPS G-N: May 23 Final
Elkmont Group Camp 5/23-10/31 April 26
Firefly Event TBA TBA
Greenbrier Picnic Pavilion 3/29-10/31 March 29 Final
Heintooga Picnic Area 5/25 - 10/9 May 17 Final
Look Rock Campground Closed Closed
Look Rock Picnic Area Closed Closed
Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Pavilion 5/23 – 10/28 April 19
Round Bottom Horse Camp 5/23 – 10/28 April 19
Spence Cabin 4/1 – 10/31 April 01 Final
Smokemont Campground A/B: Year round
C-F: 5/23 – 10/31
A/B: Open
C-F: April 19
Smokemont Group Camp 5/23 – 10/31 A/B: Year round
C-F: April 19
Tow String Horse Camp 5/23 – 10/29 April 19
Twin Creeks Picnic Pavilion 3/29 – 10/28 March 29 Final
ROADS Current Committed 2019 Season Current Forecast...
Balsam Mtn Heintooga Rd 5/17 – 10/30 May 17 Final
Clingmans Dome 3/30 – 11/30 March 30 Final
Forge Creek Rd 5/23 – 12/31 April 19
Little Greenbrier Access Road 5/23 – 11/26 April 19
Parsons Branch Road CLOSED – hazard trees CLOSED
Rich Mtn Road 5/23 – 11/13 April 19
Roaring Fork Mtn 5/23 – 11/27 April 19
Round Bottom/Straight Fork Road 5/23 – 10/30
(Round Bottom HC closes 10/29 at noon)
April 19

Temporary Closures and Construction Projects
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  • Parsons Branch
  • 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:
Seasonal Road Closures
Seasonal Facility Closures

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.

  • No bear closures at this time

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

  • No bear warning at this time

Other Backcountry Closures and Warnings

  • Scott Mountain Trail is closed from campsite #6 to Schoolhouse Gap. Campsite #6 is open.

  • Backcountry Campsite #11 is closed.

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: April 1, 2019

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Gatlinburg, TN 37738


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