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Road & Facility Delays or Closures

Temporary Closures and Construction Projects

  • Temporary single-lane closures:
    • Gatlinburg Spur (US Hwy 441) Monday, June 10 through Thursday, June 13 for routine roadside maintenance (7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day). Motorists driving between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge may experience temporary delays during the work.
    • Newfound Gap Road at Gatlinburg entrance for road improvements.
    • Lakeview Drive from April 8 to early-July for the Lakeview Drive road construction project.
  • Ramsey Prong Road is closed Monday–Thursday each week through November 14 during trail maintenance work on Ramsey Cascades Trail.
  • Carlos Campbell Overlook on Newfound Gap Road is closed temporarily while maintenance crews assess cracks in the pavement and sidewalk. The overlook will reopen as soon as NPS and Federal Highway Administration crews make assessments and any needed repairs.
  • Fontana Dam is temporarily closed to vehicle access. Pedestrians can still walk across.
  • Mingus Mill is temporarily closed until further notice for preservation and rehabilitation work.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway—for information about parkway closures, please call (828) 298-0398 or visit the parkway's website.

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: Russell Field and Derricks Knob
  • Campsites: 13, 97

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: Mollies Ridge
  • Campsites: None at this time

Other Trail and Backcountry Closures and Warnings

  • Ramsey Cascades Trail will be closed Monday to Thursday each week, except federal holidays, from April 15 to November 14.
  • NOTICE: We have reports of hikers along the Appalachian Trail in Georgia and Tennessee experiencing stomach bug/virus-like symptoms. The best prevention of getting or spreading something like this is good hygiene practices. Wash hands with soap and water often, boil water (filters do no remove viruses), and dispose of human waste properly. This is simply a notice to emphasize good sanitation practices. Shelters remain open.
  • Lead Cove Trail is closed to horse traffic due to trail damage.
  • Bullhead Trail is open but has many downed trees making the trail very difficult.
  • Lower Mount Cammerer Trail is open to hikers but is closed to equestrian traffic until trail repairs are completed.
  • Campsite #87 is closed until further notice due to wildfire damage.
  • 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: June 11, 2024

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