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Update (January 28, 2014): Wouldn’t you love to be snowed in, in the Smoky Mountains? This morning, all roads in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are CLOSED. The snow is pouring down across Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, covering the roads. If you’re out and about, make sure to drive safely and enjoy your snow day in the Smokies!
Update (January 26, 2014): The roads in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are still extremely slick and covered in ice. Some of the roads have reopened for the convenience of visitors. We will continue to update this list as roads reopen. We recommend being careful if you choose to head out on the roads, as there are still many icy spots.
Here are the roads that are currently open for drivers:
- The Cades Cove Loop Road
- Laurel Creek Road
- The Gatlinburg Bypass
- Little River Road from the Sugarlands Visitor Center to the Townsend Wye
For those of you who choose to hike, make sure you are prepared to encounter the extreme weather conditions. Many of the hiking trails are iced and very slick for hiking. It has been reported that Mount LeConte still has approximately 4-5 inches of snow blanketing the mountain, and temperatures in the upper elevations have a high of approximately 21 degree and a low of approximately 7 degrees.
Previous Story (January 25, 2014): Driving through the Smoky Mountains is often the highlight of many vacation experiences to the area. If you’re planning to take a scenic drive through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the next couple of days, make sure you’re up to date on many of the current road closures.
As of January 25, 2014, the majority of the main roads are closed in the national park due to snow and ice.
This is the most up to date list of road closures, but more are being added as the snow and ice accumulate in the upper elevations of the mountains.
- All roads in Cades Cove, including the Cades Cove Loop Road
- Clingmans Dome Road (closed for the winter season)
- Cosby Entrance Road
- Elkmont Entrance Road
- Foothills Parkway East TN (Expected to close entire Foothills Parkway soon)
- Gatlinburg Bypass
- Laurel Creek Road
- Little Greenbrier Road (closed for the winter season)
- Little River Road
- Newfound Gap Road from Gatlinburg, TN to Cherokee, NC
- Old State Road 284/Mt. Sterling Road (NC)
- Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail (closed for the winter season)
- Toms Branch Road (NC)
- Tremont Road
- Wears Cove Gap Road
*All road closure information has been retrieved from the National Park Service via their Twitter account.
To keep you and your family and friends safe, we recommend avoiding a drive through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the icy conditions. We also recommend waiting until more park roads are open before you attempt to hike any of the trails in the national park. Roads are expected to reopen when driving conditions improve.
We, at Visit My Smokies, will continue to keep you updated regarding the current road conditions in the park. Take a look at our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information about roads as they reopen.
If you need immediate information regarding a road in the mountains, you can contact the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Headquarters at (865) 436-1200 Ext. 631.
For those of you who are planning a trip to the Smokies, our weather video will give you the upcoming forecast, as well as other information about events happening in the area.