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July trip, best places to visit park considering closures

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July trip, best places to visit park considering closures

I was planning on going to the Smoky Mt nat'l last year but things got sidelined. This year is a sure bet. As a matter of fact I already did reservations in nearby hotels but now I hear there are closures. What are the best places to see the park considering the closures? I have two days available before continuing my road trip. I would love to have a visit to a stream or falls one day and a high elevation where I can see the mountain on a second day. Thank you!

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1. Re: July trip, best places to visit park considering closures

The last I heard the closures were going to be pretty well opened again by the first of June. You can double check the smokey mt website, it has the info on closures, but the Knoxville newspaper stated the closures should be thru May only for Cades Cove, and such.

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2. Re: July trip, best places to visit park considering closures

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Here is the site for the Natl. Park. It does list the intended closure dates and I think by July it looks like most of them will be open by July. Clingman's Dome is a great high altitude spot, great view, and a short hike from the parking lot. Also, Abrams Falls is a popular and pretty trail to follow, obviously with the Falls. Anyway, hope this helps.

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I think where do go depends mainly on which side your road trip will bring you by. The park is pretty big, so it wouldn't be worth it to cross all the way to the other side when there's good hiking on the side closer to you. And there are great water and view hikes in all areas.

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4. Re: July trip, best places to visit park considering closures

All areas of the park will be open by July as stated, so you should be able to visit any area of the park you like.

I would suggest Cades Cove, Roaring Fork Motor Trail, a trip over Newfound Gap road between Sugarlands and Oconaluftee visitor centers, and if you dare to do a mountain hike, try Alum Cave trail or Chimney Tops.

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5. Re: July trip, best places to visit park considering closures

Thanks for all your help. I can't wait to go. Also, while doing some moving of boxes I found a news article that talks about the park on the travel section. I had it put away a year earlier. Together I can finally have the itinerary ready.

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