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


Defeat Ridge


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Road Closings 2023


Cades Cove Loop Road is now open for vehicular traffic every day.


Greenbrier Road is closed until March 31, 2023 due to significant flooding. This will prohibit access to Ramsey Cascade, Porters Creek, Grapeyard Ridge (east end) Old Settlers (west end), and Brushy Mountain trails.


Heintooga/Balsam Mt and Stright Fork/Round Bottom roads will close Nov 1, 2022 for the winter, and reopen in May 2023.


Forge Creek Road and Parsons Branch Road are fully open; Parsons Branch Road will close for the winter on Nov 13, 2022.


Parking for Laurel Falls trail is restricted along Little River Rd, with no parking except in designated pull-offs.


For up-to-date information about roads and trail closures, visit the Park’s website, Facebook and Twitter or call 865-436-1200.