Temporary Closures in Great Smoky Mountains National Park:
- Vehicle-free access along the Cades Cove Loop Road each Wednesday will begin on May 5 through September 1, 2021. For visitors seeking acces on vehicle-free Wednesdays, there is a shuttle opportunity available beginning July 7 through September 1, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. each week. Shuttle service may be booked online at www.rockytoptours.com. Tickets for the roundtrip shuttle service, including transport of personal bikes, is provided for a flat rate of $25 per person.
- Cades Cove Loop Road will be closed to all vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists from September 7 through September 27, 2021 for paving work.
Information on phased reopening guidelines under the TN Pledge:
Governor Lee extends Stay-at-Home order until April 30, 2020:
A message from Mayor Palewski to the businesses and residents of Townsend. Please read:
A MESSAGE FROM TOWNSEND MAYOR RON PALEWSKI: PLEASE WATCH
April 1, 2020