Park reopens campgrounds, visitor centers
Some campgrounds, visitor centers and previously closed roads in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are reopening.
The following areas were accessible as of Monday, June 8:
- Campgrounds: Cades Cove and Smokemont Campgrounds, Anthony Creek Horse Camp.
- Visitor services: 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.
- Roads: Abrams Creek Road, Cataloochee Road (to Palmer Chapel only due to road washout), Forge Creek Road, Rich Mountain Road.
Beginning Monday, June 15, the following areas will be accessible: Elkmont Road, Elkmont Campground, Spence Cabin.
Precautions adopted to support these reopenings include installation of protective barriers between staff and visitors; capacity limits for visitor centers; installation of social distancing floor decal reminders and closure of theater and museum spaces in visitor centers. At campgrounds, services are limited to online reservations only; restroom facilities are appropriately disinfected and cleaned and group campsites remain closed. A return to full operations will continue to be phased.
Park managers urge visitors to follow public health guidance for a safe and responsible visit by choosing trails and overlooks without congested parking areas; visiting early in the morning; staying in vehicles while viewing wildlife to avoid crowded conditions; maintaining social distance from other visitors and wearing face coverings where social distancing is not possible.