Over the next several days there will be a couple of seasonal road closings in the Great Smoky Mountains that will impact a handful of trails.
On Tuesday, November 16, the Roundbottom/Straight Fork Road will be closed for the season. The gravel road is accessed from the paved Big Cove Road, located near Oconaluftee in North Carolina. Trails impacted by this closing include the Hyatt Ridge, Enloe Creek and Beech Gap Trails.
The following Monday, November 22, Rich Mountain Road and Parson Branch Road will also close for the season. Both roads are one-way gravel roads, and are both accessed via the Cades Cove Loop Road.
Trails impacted by these closings include Indian Graves Gap on Rich Mountain Road, and the Gregory Bald and Hannah Mountain Trails on Parson Branch Road.
Of course all of these trails will continue to be open, but you may have problems reaching these particular trailheads.
Also, the Cades Cove and Smokemont campgrounds will remain open all year. Starting November 1, they will be on a self-registration basis with a reduced number of available sites. The Elkmont Campground will remain open through the Thanksgiving weekend and will close on December 1.