According to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park website several more trails that were closed due to the Chimney Tops 2 Fire have reopened. Hikers are reminded to stay on established trails and to be cautious of overhead limbs and trail hazards throughout the area.
As of December 21st, the following trails are now open: Baskin Creek Falls, Old Sugarlands Trail, Twin Creeks Trail, Rainbow Falls Trail, Grapeyard Ridge Trail, Noah Bud Ogle Nature Trail and the Trillium Gap Trail, which includes Grotto Falls.
Last week the following backcountry areas were reopened: The Gatlinburg Trail, Sugarland Valley Nature Trail, Huskey Gap Trail, Backcountry Campsite 21, and quiet walkways along Newfound Gap Road between Sugarlands Visitor Center and Newfound Gap. Park trail crews continue to clear and assess trails throughout the burned area.
Only a handful of trails remained closed at this point. For the most up-to-date information on backcountry closures, please visit the park website at www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/temproadclose.htm or call the Backcountry Office at 865-436-1297.
The fire ban remains in place at this time and applies to the use of all campfires and grills throughout the park including frontcountry and backcountry campsites and picnic areas. No use of wood or charcoal fires is permitted. Campers may continue to use gas camp stoves at designated campsites throughout the park.