Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Road Information

Primary roads such as US-441 (Newfound Gap Road), Little River Road, and the Cades Cove Loop Road are open year round, weather permitting. Refer to the information below for general road-related information but it is better to become a Smokies Insider and get the latest information and updates delivered right to your inbox so you never miss an important update.

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ROAD INFO FOR 2021 SEASON
Heintooga Round Bottom    5/14 – 11/01
Clingmans Dome    4/01 – 11/28
Forge Creek Rd    8/01 – 10/31
Little Greenbrier Access Road    4/09– 11/28
Parsons Branch Road    CLOSED – hazard trees
Rich Mtn Road    4/09 – 11/08
Roaring Fork Mtn    4/09 – 11/28
Straight Fork Road    4/02 – 11/01

Great Smoky Mountains Road/Facility Closure UpdatesGreat Smoky Mountains Road/Facility Closure Updates
Secondary roads are subject to seasonal closures. Seasonal opening and closing dates for secondary roads are listed below:

Cades Cove Loop Road: Vehicle-free access along the Cades Cove Loop Road each Wednesday, from May 5th through September 1st. The road will close to all vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists from September 7, 2021 through September 27, 2021 for paving work. Otherwise the road is open daily from sunrise until sunset, weather permitting.
 

Clingmans Dome Road: Open April 1 - November 28, 2021, weather permitting.
 

Forge Creek Road: Open August 01, 2021 - October 31, 2021, road conditions permitting.
 

Heintooga/Round Bottom Road: Open May 14 - November 1, 2021 for hiker access.
 

Heintooga Ridge Road (Balsam Mountain Road): Open May 14 - November 1, 2021 for hiker access.The Balsam Mountain Campground and Picnic area will open May 14, 2021. Motor homes, buses, vans longer than 25 feet, and passenger vehicles towing trailers are prohibited.
 

Little Greenbrier Road (to the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse): Open April 9 - November 28, 2021. Buses, motorhomes, vans longer than 25 feet, and passenger vehicles towing trailers are prohibited on this road.
 

Parson Branch Road: Closed due to hazard trees.
 

Rich Mountain Road: Open April 9 - November 8, 2021. Buses, motorhomes, vans longer than 25 feet, and passenger vehicles towing trailers are prohibited on this road.
 

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail: Open April 9 - November 28, 2021. Buses, motorhomes, vans longer than 25 feet, and passenger vehicles towing trailers are prohibited on this road.
 

Straight Fork: Road Open April 2 - November 1, 2021.