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