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Cades Cove Loop Road Re-Opening Tomorrow

Cades Cove Loop Road is scheduled to re-open this weekend, April 24-25, but with limitations for motorists.

On Saturday, the Loop Road will be open to pedestrians and bicyclists only until 12:00pm and on Sunday, the Cades Cove Loop Lope is scheduled from 8:00am-12:00pm. Motor vehicles will not be allowed in the Cove until noon on each day.

The Cove’s regular schedule will resume on Monday:


Blessings and happy traveling,

Denese

Ack! More Snow Headed For The Smoky Mountains

Cardinal-In-The-Snowy-Trees

Here we go again!

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the Great Smoky Mountains until 10pm tonight. 1-3 inches of snow is possible plus there is another round of snow in the forecast for Sunday through Monday.

Weather Updates For The Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountains Forecast –From the National Weather Service

Radar –For the East Tennessee area

Mt. LeConte Weather –3rd highest peak in the Park (26 inches of snow on the ground as of this morning)

Road Closings In The Smokies

Great Smoky Mountains Temporary Road and Facilities Closures –NPS

Great Smoky Mountains Road and Facility Improvements –NPS

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Road Conditions –Live updates at yoursmokies.com.

You can also get updated road and weather information for the Great Smoky Mountains by calling (865) 436-1200.

 

 

Blessings,

Denese

More Wind And Possibly Snow In The Smoky Mountains, Most Roads Closed

There is a wind advisory in effect for the Smoky Mountains until 4pm today and a high wind watch continuing through Wednesday afternoon with wind gusts as high as 60 mph possible.

The Smokies also have a winter weather advisory in effect until 4pm today and from 7pm tonight through 4pm Wednesday.

Smoky Mountains Weather Forecast

Radar

Mt. LeConte Weather –Daily updates (and beautiful photos) from Doug McFalls, winter caretaker at LeConte Lodge.

Most roads in the Smoky Mountains are already closed and, due to road improvement projects, some will not re-open until May.

Great Smoky Mountains Temporary Road and Facilities Closures –NPS

Great Smoky Mountains Road and Facility Improvements –NPS

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Road Conditions –Live updates at yoursmokies.com.

You can also get updated road and weather information for the Great Smoky Mountains by calling (865) 436-1200.

 

Blessings and safe traveling,

Denese

Two Roads Remain Closed In The Great Smoky Mountains

High winds averaging 70 miles an hour tore through our area yesterday…

Area Hit Hard By Rain, Winds

100 mph winds, trees down in Great Smoky Mountains

As a result, Laurel Creek Road and Cades Cove Loop Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are still closed today.

2 roads remain closed in Smokies; fallen trees being cleared

The roads are expected to re-open by this afternoon.

For updated road and weather information call (865) 436-1200.

 

Blessings,

Denese

Smoky Mountain Travel Update: Little River Road Remains Closed Through Tuesday

Little River Road in The Great Smoky Mountains, from Elkmont Campground to Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area, will remain closed until Tuesday evening, August 18th.

8 miles of Smokies road still closed due to rockslide

GSMNP Temporary Road and Facilities Closures

Related posts:

Travel Alert: Rock Slides In The Great Smoky Mountains Close Part Of Little River Road

 

Blessings and travel safely,

Denese

 

Update:

Section of Little River Road has re-opened

Travel Alert: Rock Slides In The Great Smoky Mountains Close Part Of Little River Road

Two rock slides Friday have closed Little River Road in the Smokies, between Elkmont and Metcalf Bottoms, through Monday, August 17. Detour is 321/Wears Valley Road through Wears Valley (between Townsend and Pigeon Forge).

Second rock slide closes Smokies road until Monday

Expect longer driving times on Wears Valley Road -traffic was a lot heavier than usual on Friday and it’s always worse over the weekend anyways.

You can expect even longer delays between 12:00pm and 1:00pm on Sunday  -there are quite a few churches on Wears Valley Road and traffic sometimes comes to a standstill when church services end.

Blessings and travel safely,

Denese

Update:

Smoky Mountain Travel Update: Little River Road Remains Closed Through Tuesday

Smoky Mountains Area News: Sevierville Road Construction Updates On Twitter, Smokies Road Closures

66 through Sevierville is being widened to six lanes.

Widening of ‘billion-dollar highway’ to the Smokies begins

Now you can get updates on the road construction in Sevierville…on Twitter.

Info on Highway 66 project available by Twitter

@Improving66

There will be several roads, parking areas, picnic areas and trails closed in The Great Smoky Mountains Newfound Gap/Clingmans Dome area for the September 2nd 75th Anniversary celebration.

Closures are scheduled for August 31 through September 3. Backcountry campsites and shelters will remain open.

Smokies announces closures for 75th anniversary bash

 

Blessings and travel safely,

Denese

Smoky Mountain News, Events And Weather

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Heading to the Smokies soon?

News and Events

There are more bears than usual this spring and some campsites have been closed:

  • Park officials close 5 backcountry campsites due to aggressive bears

Tall tales will be told in Pigeon Forge:

The second annual Smoky Mountains Pottery Festival in Townsend is coming up soon:

Firefly Time at Elkmont -Elkmont entrance road will be closed nightly June 6th-14th for the fireflies (lightnin’ bugs):

  • Elkmont Entrance Road Closed/Synchronous Firefly Viewing Information June 6-14, 2009 -$1 per person to ride the trolley from Sugarlands Visitor’s Center
  • Firefly Festival at The Happy Hiker in Gatlinburg, June 6th -free

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra performing in Cades Cove -Laurel Creek and Cades Cove Loop roads will be closed on June 13th for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra concert:

  • Cades Cove Loop Road and Laurel Creek Road to be Closed for Concert On Saturday, June 13, 2009
  • 75th Anniversary Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Outdoor Concert in Cades Cove, June 13, 2009

For the full schedule of the Great Smoky Mountains 75th Anniversary Celebration:

Weather

After all the rain and storms we’ve had this month, there is finally some dry weather in the forecast –just a slight chance of rain today and partly sunny over the weekend:

Smoky Mountains Weather Forecast

Foggy May Mornin'

Related Posts:

Happy traveling,

Denese

Smoky Mountains Fires Update

The Laurel Falls fire is almost out but there are still trail closures.

 Park fire at Laurel Falls quiets down

The Blueridge Parkway is still closed from Highway 441 to Highway 19 (Soco Gap),  due to the Stony Ridge fire at Cherokee. The closure includes Heintooga Ridge Road and is expected to be lifted on May 2.

Stony Ridge Fire

It’s rained (poured!) all morning in the Smokies, so that should help.

Happy traveling,

Denese

Smoky Mountains Fires Update: Portion of Blue Ridge Parkway Closed

The Blue Ridge Parkway is closed from U.S. 441 northward to Soco Gap due to the Stony Ridge fire near Cherokee.

The Laurel Falls fire that has burned nearly 270 acres since early this week appears to be abating.

Laurel Falls fire abating; part of Blue Ridge Parkway closed

 

Denese