Great Smoky Mountains National Park is Open

Updated: Wednesday, May 20, 2020: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has reopened in it’s first phase. Park managers implemented new safety measures in facility operations and services to help areas used by the public. The facilities and services include campgrounds, picnic pavilions, and visitor centers. Visitors should note that some secondary roads will remain closed during the first reopening phase. This first phase is expected to last for at least two weeks. Safety measures include disinfectant operations for restrooms and public buildings, installation of plexiglass shields at visitor centers, protective equipment requirements for maintenance workers, new safety protocols and reduced group size limits. 
While many areas will be accessible for visitors, full operations and services will be phased and limited. The park typically has more than one million visitors monthly and the park insists that visitors follow local health and national park guidelines. When visiting, Leave No Trace practices should be implemented and crowding should be avoided.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most visited parks seeing over 12 million visitors annually. The Smokies offers hundreds of miles of hiking trails, historic buildings, and picturesque scenic views.

“We recognize this closure has been extremely difficult for our local residents, as well as park visitors from across the country, who seek the park as a special place for healing, exercise, recreation, and inspiration,” said Superintendent Cassius Cash. “We are approaching this phased reopening with that in mind, as we balance our responsibility to protect park resources and the health and safety of everyone.”

Roads Now Open 

  • Newfound Gap Road
  • Gatlinburg Bypass
  • Little River Road
  • Wear Cove Road
  • Laurel Creek Road
  • Cades Cove Loop Road
  • Cherokee Orchard Road
  • Lakeview Drive Road
  • Deep Creek Road and Trailheads

Restrooms Now Open

  • Sugarlands Visitor Center
  • Newfound Gap
  • Oconaluftee Visitor Center
  • Cades Cove Cable Mill
  • Abrams Falls Trailhead
  • Rainbow Falls Trailhead
  • Picnic area restrooms

Picnic Areas Now Open

  • Chimney Tops
  • Metcalf Bottoms
  • Cades Cove
  • Deep Creek
  • Collins Creek

Operations Opening at Vendor Discretion

  • Sugar lands Riding Stables- Now Open
  • LeConte Lodge- May 18th
  • Cades Cove Riding Stables- May 18th
  • Cades Cove Campstore- May 23rd
  • Smokemont Riding Stables- May 23rd
  • Smoky Mountain Riding Stables- TBA

For a full list of openings CLICK HERE.


The Smoky Mountain Business Community Cares About Our Visitors and are Making Plans to Reopen Safely


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For more information on businesses reopening in Smokies CLICK HERE.

For the most up to date information about facility openings, service hours, and access, please visit the park website here
Park rangers remain available to answer questions and help with trip planning via email or phone during business hours at (865) 436-1291, (828) 506-8620, or

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