Primary roads such as US-441 (Newfound Gap Road), Little River Road, and the Cades Cove Loop Road are open year round, weather permitting. Road closures may occur due to severe weather events such as winter storms, floods, and tornados.
WARNING: Please be advised that the Metcalf entrance road and bridge is for passenger vehicles only, NO large campers.
Visitor Centers in the park are open year-round, except Christmas Day. Daily operating hours for visitor centers.
Cades Cove, Deep Creek, Greenbrier and Metcalf Bottoms picnic areas are open year-round. The park's remaining picnic areas close seasonally.
Trails, backcountry campsites, and shelters that are frequented by black bears may have warnings posted or be closed. Check current trail closures before coming to the park.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) maintains water gages that measure flow, river height, and temperature at Little River near Townsend, TN and in Cataloochee Creek in North Carolina. Note that on the discharge chart, the average streamflow is represented by an orange triangle, so that you can compare today's flow to the historic average.
Little River conditions
Cataloochee Creek conditions
Last updated: September 6, 2022