Most roads closed in Great Smoky Mountains National Park because of downed trees

Many roads through Great Smoky Mountains National Park are closed because of downed trees, amid a high wind warning in the Gatlinburg and Sevierville on March 26.

Crews are assessing conditions, clearing trees and will open roads when it is safe to do so, park official announced in a statement.

The following roads are closed as of noon March 26:

  • Laurel Creek Road

  • Cherokee Orchard Road at the park boundary

  • Greenbrier Road at the ranger station

  • Tremont Road

  • Foothills Parkway new section

  • Foothills Parkway between Look Rock and U.S. 129

  • Wears Gap Road

US Highway 441/Newfound Gap Road from Gatlinburg to Cherokee, North Carolina is now open, according to Smokies Road Info. But travelers should watch out for snow and ice.

Little River Road from the Sugarlands visitor center to the Elkmont and the Gatlinburg Bypass are open, too.

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for the Great Smoky Mountains through 2 p.m. March 26. Gusts of up to 80 miles per hour are expected in higher elevations.

"Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles," the weather service warned. Wind gusts peaked at 85 mph in the park between 2 and 3 a.m.

Sugarlands and Oconaluftee visitor centers are open, according to the park service. Visitors are encouraged to stop in a visitor center for updates on current conditions. Updates will be posted on and the park’s social media accounts.

Devarrick Turner is a trending news reporter. Email On X, formerly known as Twitter @dturner1208.

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