Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 

 

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About the Authors

 

Liz Etnier

 

Mike Etnier

 

 

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2020 Trail and Campsite Closings

 

Cooper Creek Trail has been officially closed by the Park Service, and removed from the list of trails for the 900-miler club. It is recommended that hikers avoid this trail due to negative interactions with adjacent land owners.

 

You can combine Hike 5 in the Deep Creek area with Hike 14, starting and ending the loop with Mingus Mill Trail (16.4 miles total).

 

Updated List of Trail Closures (as of March 2, 2020):

 

Scott Mountain is still closed due to storm damage, from campsite 6 to Schoolhouse Gap (campsite 6 open, accessible from Cades Cove area). It is unclear at this time if the Park Service will repair and reopen this section of trail, or leave it closed permanently.

 

Gunter Fork opened, but caution urged due to landslides.

 

The following trails have had footlogs washed out, and in times of high water, the crossings might be very difficult and/or dangerous:

 

Rabbit Creek at Abrams Campground

Boogerman/Caldwell Fork Trails there is no plan at present to replace these bridges

 

Bear warnings are in effect for Mt LeConte shelter, Laurel Falls Trail, and Campsite 90.