GSMNP Announces Phase 2 Reopening of Park

Clingmans Dome Observation Tower. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has announced the start of phase 2 for reopening the park to visitors. In taking additional steps forward to reopen, National Park officials opened Clingmans Dome Road on May 19th. New plans to reopen more trails on Saturday May 23rd were also announced. In accordance with the CDC, guidelines for phase 2 reopening will include social distancing and use of face coverings when social distancing cannot be maintained. With phase 2 allowing all trails to reopen, visitors can enjoy the Smoky Mountains just in time for Memorial Day weekend! 
Phase 2 Openings
  • Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
  • Big Creek Road and Big Creek Picnic Area
  • Cosby Road and Cosby Picnic Area
  • Greenbrier Road (to Ramsey Cascades Trailhead only)
  • Tremont road
  • All park Trails

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most visited parks seeing over 12 million visitors annually. The Smokies offers over 800 miles of hiking trails, historic buildings, and picturesque scenic views.

Phase 1 Completed

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has reopened in it’s first phase over the past couple of weeks. 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. 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. For more information on phase 1 reopening CLICK HERE.


Full List of 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
  • Clingmans Dome Road
  • Cosby Road
  • Deep Creek Road
  • Foothills Parkway
  • Greenbrier Road
  • Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
  • Tom Branch Road
  • Tow String Road
  • Tremont Road
  • Upper Tremont Road
  • Wear Cove Gap Road

Full List of Restrooms Now Open

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

Full List of Picnic Areas Now Open

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

Operations Opening at Vendor Discretion

  • Sugar lands Riding Stables- Now Open
  • LeConte Lodge- Now Open
  • Cades Cove Riding Stables- Now Open
  • Cades Cove Campstore- Now Open
  • Smokemont Riding Stables- Now Open
  • 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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