Current Road, Facility, Trail & Backcountry Updates

 

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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Follow current road status updates on Twitter at SmokiesRoadsNPS 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.

For current information about temporary closures, alerts or warnings related to roads, facilities, trails or the backcountry areas please use the "ON THIS PAGE" navigation bar below.

 
 

Road Delays & Closures

Temporary Closures and Construction Projects

  • Due to bridge repairs, the following work will close sections of road and impact trail/campsite access - contact the Backcountry Office (865-436-1297) for more information:
    • Chestnut Branch Bridge on Big Creek Entrance Road, just past the Ranger Station/Chestnut Branch trailhead, will be closed January 30-February 1.
    • Tremont Institute Bridge will be closed February 11-12.
  • Traffic on the northbound Spur will be reduced to one lane from January 3 through April 7, 2023, to allow for repairs to the Spur Tunnel.
  • Road across from Fontana Dam is closed to vehicle traffic from 10/3/22 to 3/31/23 due to maintenance at the Dam. Foot traffic is permitted - hikers can follow the walking path from TVA parking area across the dam to the AT and Lakeshore trailheads.
  • Foothills Parkway-West is open to the public with intermittent one-lane closures.
  • Greenbrier Road is open up to the Ranger Station for motor vehicle access. The road beyond this point remains unsafe for any vehicle use, but pedestrians are permitted. Please note, Greenbrier trails remain closed.
  • 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:

 

Trail and Backcountry Closures, Warnings & Cautions

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.

  • Trails: None at this time
  • Shelters: None at this time
  • Campsites: None 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.

  • Trails: None at this time
  • Shelters: None at this time
  • Campsites: None at this time

Other Trail and Backcountry Closures & Warnings

  • Campsite #113 is closed to all use until further notice due to hazard trees.
  • Lumber Ridge Trail temporarily closed due to a section of trail that is compromised as a result of recent rain events.
  • In the Greenbrier area, Porters Creek Trail and Ramsey Cascades Trail plus Campsites #31, #32, and #33 are closed to all use due to flooding damage. Currently, pedestrians can walk the Greenbrier Road from the Ranger Station to the junction with Ramsey Prong Road. Old Settlers, Brushy Mountain, and Grapeyard Ridge trails remain open, but hikers must access them from other areas as out-and-back hikes. Old Settlers Trail can be accessed from Cosby, the top section of the Brushy Mountain Trail can be accessed from the Trillium Gap Trail, and hikers can walk up Greenbrier Road to the Grapeyard Ridge Trailhead.
  • 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 & Mine Shaft Closure

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

Last updated: January 28, 2023

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