Great Smoky Mountains Facilities Open

Sugarlands Visitor Center, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Sugarlands Visitors Center

Great Smoky Mountains Facilities Open.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park has opened some campgrounds, visitor centers, and additional roads will be accessible to visitors as part of the current phase in the park’s plan to restore public access across the park.

The following areas are now accessible: 

  • Cades Cove and Smokemont Campgrounds
  • Anthony Creek Horse Camp
  • Sugarlands, Oconaluftee, Cades Cove, and Clingmans Dome Visitor Centers and Great Smoky Mountains Association Bookstores
  • Backcountry Information Office at Sugarlands Visitor Center
  • Cable Mill and Mingus Mill
  • Abrams Creek Road
  • Cataloochee Road (to Palmer Chapel only due to road washout)
  • Forge Creek Road
  • Rich Mountain Road
  • Elkmont Road
  • Elkmont Campground
  • Spence Cabin

The park continues to increase recreational access and services across the park in alignment with guidance provided by the states of Tennessee and North Carolina, White House, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and public health authorities. The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. Each facility function and service provided is examined to ensure the operations comply with current public health guidance. Park officials continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.  

The park provides many opportunities for outdoor recreation with over 800 miles of trails, quiet walkways, and self-guiding nature trails where visitors can disperse for a safe hiking experience. Restoring these additional services and access, the Smokies offers more opportunities for visitors to spread out and social distance. Park managers urge visitors to follow public health guidance for a safe and responsible visit by choosing trails and overlooks without congested parking areas. Visit busy areas early in the morning. Stay in your vehicle while viewing wildlife. Wear face masks.

Source material – GSMNP

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