6 May 2020
Opening the GSMNP brings hope and some restrictions
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will open May 9 to visitors. While this opening brings relief and good news to hikers and outdoor enthusiasts who have been restricted from enjoying hte national park since March 24, it does come with several restrictions.
Popular hiking trails like Alum Cave, Laurel Falls and Chimney Tops Trail will not be open as they tend to attract large crowds. The National Park is encouraging guests to practice social distancing and not hike within 6 feet of other people. If visitors can comply with these restrictions, the national park will expand operations after re-evaluating in two weeks.
On May 9 the following picnic areas will be OPEN:
- Cades Cove
- Chimney Tops
- Collins Creek (pavilion closed)
- Deep Creek (pavilion closed)
- Metcalf Bottoms (pavilion closed
In addition to popular trails, visitor centers, Climgman's Dome and campgrounds will not accessible in this first round scheduled to open May 9.
We encourage guests to enjoy over 800 miles of trails and possible explore some new trails to enjoy at a safe distance from other hikers. Of course a ride through the park is also refreshing and relaxing and allows you to maintain social distancing.