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GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

COVID-19 RESPONSE

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is increasing recreational access and services that aligns with local, state, and national recommendations.

Masks are currently not required inside park facilities. For current transmission levels in local counties, please view the CDC Coronavirus Tracker.

Before visiting, check the park website to determine its operating status and recreate responsibly.

The Great Smoky Mountains get their name from the blue-like smoky mist that surrounds them. These beautiful peaks make a picturesque backdrop for Pigeon Forge. In the Smoky Mountains you’ll discover 500,000 acres of Southern Appalachian wilderness on one of the oldest uplands on earth! The mountains are 95-percent forest and home to diverse wildlife. Here you can uncover breathtaking streams, waterfalls and flowering plants.

The National Park offers a variety of activities throughout the year including 800 miles of trails for hiking, exploration and plenty of sightseeing. There are countless photo opportunities along the park’s beautiful scenic routes. Weather conditions in the mountains tend to be moderate making it a favorite vacation spot for couples and families alike.

Sugarlands Visitor Center

Located inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, off US highway 441, the Sugarlands Visitor Center has all the answers to your questions regarding planning your trip to the national park.

Cades Cove Vehicle Free Days

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials are providing vehicle-free access on the Cades Cove Loop Road each Wednesday from May 4 through September 28, in an effort to improve the visitor experience and to reduce congestion. For more information, click here.

CLINGMANS DOME PAVEMENT PRESERVATION PROJECT

Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced that a pavement preservation project along Clingmans Dome Road begins in March, the paving work will continue with single-lane closures through Friday, September 2, 2022. The lane closures along the seven-mile roadway are necessary to safely and efficiently complete the project.

Visitors traveling on Clingmans Dome Road should expect weekday, single-lane closures, and traffic delays. Lane closures will occur from 7:00 a.m. on Mondays through 12:00 p.m. on Fridays. No daytime lane closures will be allowed on Federal Holidays, during the week of Easter, or between June 15 through August 15.

ROAD CLOSURE ALERT

For current temporary road closures and construction projects in the National Park, click here.

Podcasts

Podcast lover and want to know more about our beautiful Great Smoky Mountains? Then check out a great podcast from The Group travel Voice as they interview Great Smoky Mountains National Park employee Dana Soehn. Check back for other great podcasts that we’ll add periodically.

If you’re planning on “roughing it”, there are numerous camps located within the Smoky Mountains or you can try out one the Pigeon Forge campgrounds featuring sizeable picnic areas that are perfect for any size gathering. Of course, the city also has a variety of other lodging options including cabinshotels and condos that are priced to suit a variety of budgets.