Updated Openings in the GSMNP

Updated: February 12th, 2021: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park now requires face masks in all federal buildings and federal lands. 
Areas Now Open! 
  • Abrams Creek, Balsam Mountain, Big Creek, Cataloochee, and Cosby Campgrounds  
  • Big Creek, Cataloochee, Round Bottom, and Tow String Horse Camps 
  • Heintooga and Look Rock Picnic Areas 
  • Little Greenbrier Road
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. Park managers implemented new safety measures in facility operations and services to help areas used by the public. 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. 


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 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 Open

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

Picnic Areas Open

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

Operations Open

  • Sugar lands Riding Stables
  • LeConte Lodge
  • Cades Cove Riding Stables
  • Cades Cove Campstore
  • Smokemont Riding Stables
  • Smoky Mountain Riding Stables
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 GRSM_Smokies_Information@nps.gov.

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