Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park





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Liz Etnier


Mike Etnier


Spring Wildflower Hikes in the Smokies


Gregory Bald




Schoolhouse Gap


Chestnut Top


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Road Closings 2019


The final 33-mile section of Foothills Parkway from Walland to Wears Valley has been completed, and opened to the public for motor use.


The Little River Road is being repaired between Sugarlands Visitor Center and the Townsend Y. Drivers will experience single-lane closures this fall, with no completion date given. These closures will be in effect from 7 AM on Mondays until noon on Fridays. Both lanes will be open on weekends. Elkmont Road as well as the area around Fighting Creek Gap will be single lane also sometime during this repaving process.


Parsons Branch Road is closed following a washout near Sams Gap, and blockage by many downed trees. Standing dead pines along the road need to be removed, and is prolonging the road closure. The road is closed to vehicular traffic, but will be open to hikers and horseback riders who should assess the risk for travel as they would in any area of the backcountry. Due to the nature of wide corridor, bicyclists are allowed to use the road during the closure. Dogs on a 6-foot leash will also be allowed.