Editor's note: This story is no longer accurate. As of Tuesday, March 24, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced all trails, roads, campgrounds, restrooms and picnic areas are closed as well. For an updated story, click here.
National Parks across the country have shut down their visitor centers due to coronavirus, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway are no exception.
In the Smokies:
• Picnic areas, trails and restrooms throughout the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are still open to the public at this time, but visitor centers are closed.
• Campgrounds are no longer accepting walk-up reservations to minimize contact between visitors and park rangers. Reservations must be made online at recreation.gov.
• Hikers on the Appalachian Trail cannot stay in the trail shelters due to social distancing, but must pitch tents outside and away from the shelter.
• Group reservations for picnic shelters or group campsites are suspended.
On the Parkway:
• Along the high elevation segment of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Haywood County, the Waterrock Knob visitor station, Pisgah campground and restrooms hadn’t opened for the season yet anyway. The Parkway’s Asheville visitor center is closed.