March 26, 2024:

GSMNP Press Release:

Most roads in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are closed following a high wind event that occurred overnight. Trees are down across roads and trails. Crews are assessing conditions, clearing trees and will open roads when it is safe to do so. 


The following roads are closed as of 12 p.m.: 

     Gatlinburg Bypass 

     Newfound Gap Road (US 441) between Gatlinburg, TN and Cherokee, NC 

     Little River Road

     Laurel Creek Road 

     Cherokee Orchard Road at the park boundary 

     Greenbrier Road at the ranger station 

     Tremont Road 

     Foothills Parkway new section 

     Foothills Parkway between Look Rock and US 129 

     Wears Gap Road 

A National Weather Service wind advisory and high wind warning remain in effect until 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 26. Wind gusts peaked at 85 mph in the park between 2 and 3 a.m. 

Sugarlands and Oconaluftee visitor centers are open. Visitors coming to the park today are encouraged to stop in a visitor center for updates on current conditions. Updates will be posted on the park’s website and social media. 

Beginning March 1, 2023, the GSMNP will require parking tags for any car parked longer than 15 minutes anywhere in the park.
To learn more about the parking program, click here.



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