Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced today that Clingmans Dome Road, a popular high elevation visitor destination, will open to traffic as weather conditions allow as early as February 15. The road will continue to be monitored for hazardous conditions throughout the remainder of the winter season, and will still be subject to closure pending inclement weather.
This means hikes along the Spruce-fir Trail, the upper Sugarland Mountain Trail, and out to Andrews Bald will now be accessible.
The road will not be plowed, though, if snow or ice develops. It will instead be closed so visitors may utilize the area for winter recreation, such as cross country skiing or snowshoeing.
For the most current road closure information, please call 865-436-1200 x 631 or follow SmokiesRoadsNPS on Twitter.
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