Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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2021 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.
If you have any edition prior to the 4th edition, updated (August 2020), 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).
Alum Cave Trail is closed M-F from Feb 8 – 25 for repairs. It will be open on weekends and President’s Day.
Porters Creek Trail is closed due to the need to replace the footlog over Long Branch. Additionally, the Greenbrier access Road from the picnic area to Porters Creek trailhead is closed because due to raod work along the road. The road will be closed from Jan 11 – Mar 26. Ramsey Cascade, Porter’s Creek, and campsite 31 are closed during this time period. Old Settler’s, Brushy Mountain, and Grapeyard Ridge trails are open but inaccessible from the Greenbrier Road.
Updated List of Trail Closures (as of July 23, 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
Porters Creek Trail
Deep Creek/Fork Ridge intersection
Bear warnings are in effect for Mt LeConte shelter, Laurel Falls Trail, and Campsite 90.