Friday, January 23, 2009

Great Smoky Mountains national park opens more roads to vehicles.

Yesterday's warmer temperature in the Smokies and aggressive sanding by the national park service has allowed numerous roads that were closed in the Great Smoky Mountains national park to reopen.

The following are the only roads still closed in the GSMNP:

  • Newfound Gap Road (US 441) Between Cherokee NC and Gatlinburg TN
  • Old 284 between Big Creek NC and Cataloochee NC
  • Entrance road to the Cataloochee NC section of the GSMNP
  • Foothills Parkway East from I-40 to State Road 321 in Cosby NC
  • Greenbrier Road in the Greenbrier TN section of the GSMNP past the Ranger Station
  • Cherokee Orchard Road in Roaring Fork section of the GSMNP outside Gatlinburg TN past the Twin Creeks Science Center

With temperatures expected to climb high into the 50s in Gatlinburg Tennessee and the surrounding area, most of these roads with the including Newfound Gap Road should be open by tomorrow.


bigsphinx said...

Can you tell me where I go online to see if there's currently snow on the ground at Clingman's Dome (or anywhere else in the park)? I'm in Columbia, SC... looking to do some x-country skiing.


Smokies Hiker said...

No there are no cameras up there but snow should be falling now. Not much accumulation should be light.

The only web cams in the area of park are these Smoky Mountains web cams

Look Rock camera is out right now.

bigsphinx said...

And is there a place online I can get the data from that weather observation equipment at Look Rock peak?

Smokies Hiker said...

Here is the Look Rock data feed