GSMNP Announces Phase 2 Reopening of Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has announced the start of phase 2 for reopening the park to visitors. The National Park opened Clingmans Dome Road on May 19th. They plan to reopen more trails on Saturday, May 23rd. Phase 2 will include social distancing and the use of face coverings when social distancing isn’t possible. Since Phase 2 allows for all trails to reopen, visitors can enjoy the Smoky Mountains this weekend for Memorial Day!

What does Phase 2 include?

  • Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
  • Big Creek Road and Big Creek Picnic Area
  • Greenbrier Road
  • Cosby Road and Cosby Picnic Area
  • Tremont Road
  • All Park Trails

What Picnic Areas are now open?

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

What Restrooms are now open?

  • Sugarlands Visitor Center
  • Oconaluftee Visitor Center
  • Newfound Gap
  • Rainbow Falls Trailhead
  • Clingmans Dome
  • Cades Cove Cable Mill
  • Abram Falls Trailhead
  • Picnic Areas

What Roads are now open?

  • Wear Cove Gap Road
  • Upper Tremont Road
  • Tow String Road
  • Tom Branch Road
  • Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
  • Greenbrier Road
  • Foothills Parkway
  • Deep Creek Road
  • Cosby Road
  • Lakeview Drive Road
  • Cherokee Orchard Road
  • Laurel Creek Road
  • Cades Cove Loop
  • Gatlinburg Bypass
  • Newfound Gap Road
  • Wear Cove Road
  • Little River Road

The Great Smoky Mountains welcome millions of visitors each year and is the most visited park in the country. With more than 800 miles of hiking trails, historic structures, scenic views and beautiful waterfalls, it is no wonder why over 12 million people visit our area each year.

Great Smoky Mountains Reopen Phase 1

The Great Smoky Mountains announced today that they will be reopening the park on May 9th! This is fantastic news to locals and visitors alike. “Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local public health authorities, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is increasing recreational access and services,” the news release said. “The National Park Service is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.”

The park service will begin reopening many of their roads and trails on May 9th.

“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 p hased reopening with that in mind, as we balance our responsibility to protect park resources and the health and safety of everyone.”

New safety measures will be implemented to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 as the park reopens. Campground, visitor centers and some of the secondary roads will remain closed during the first phase of reopening, which they expect to last for at least two weeks. A few of the measures they will be putting into place are disinfectant fogging operations for restrooms, installation of plexiglass shields at visitor centers, new safety protocols and new equipment requirements for maintenance workers in the park.

As you can see, full operations will continue to be phased, but many areas will be open for visitors to enjoy if they choose to come visit in May. May is one of the most beautiful times to be in the National Park and we look forward to welcoming guests to our beautiful area once again. Here in downtown Pigeon Forge, many business are beginning to reopen.

We have a great May deal running right now where you can stay 3 nights for the price of 2. Give us a call at 800-429-4361 to book your Great Smoky Mountain getaway!

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