While most trails will be open in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 9, hikers should plan ahead to choose routes with accessible trailheads for parking.
The following roads remain closed for motorists, but will be open for pedestrians and cyclists: Clingmans Dome Road, Elkmont Road, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, Tremont Road, Greenbrier Road, Cosby Road, Big Creek Road, Hwy 284, Cataloochee Road, Abrams Creek Road, Forge Creek Road, Rich Mountain Road, Little Greenbrier Road, Balsam Mountain Road, Heintooga Round Bottom Road, Straight Fork Road, Twentymile Road.
Visitor centers and campgrounds remain closed.
Concession operations are scheduled to open on the following dates: Sugarlands Riding Stables on 5/9; Smoky Mountain Riding Stables is pending; Cades Cove Riding Stables on 5/18; Cades Cove Campstore on 5/23; Smokemont Riding Stables on 5/23; and LeConte Lodge on 5/18. These dates are subject to change pending labor availability.
Special Park Use Permits are limited to small groups, up to 10 people, at outdoor locations only for up to 30 minutes.
Inclement weather is expected at higher elevations on Friday evening which could result in a delayed opening for Newfound Gap Road due to ice or snow.
For the most up to date information about facility openings, service hours, and access, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/conditions.htm.
Park rangers remain available to answer questions and help with trip planning via email or phone during business hours at (865) 436-1291, (828) 506-8620, or GRSM_Smokies_Information@nps.gov.
Here's a video on ways to achieve social distancing in the park.