Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park





About the Authors


Liz Etnier


Mike Etnier


Spring Wildflower Hikes in the Smokies


Gregory Bald




Schoolhouse Gap


Chestnut Top


Defeat Ridge


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Great Smoky Mountains National Park confronts COVID19


The GRSM has officially closed its Visitor Centers at Sugarlands, Oconoluftee, and Smokemont. Additionally, effective March 23, 2020, all campgrounds, picnic areas, and restrooms closed. The decision was then made to close all trails and road access to the Smokies, effective noon, March 24, 2020. The NPS reopened certain roads and trails on Saturday, May 9, 2020, and on May 23, 2020, all trails were reopened. However, visitor centers and restrooms will remain closed.


Additionally the following roads were reopend on May 23:


Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Big Creek Road and Big Creek Picnic Area
Cosby Road and Cosby Picnic Area
Greenbrier Road (to Ramsey Cascades Trailhead only)
Tremont Road

This is in response to the Coronavirus closings recommended by the CDC, as well as recent mandated closings made by state and local authorities.