Great Smoky Mountains shot of wildflowers growing on the ground

Smoky Mountain National Park Spring Schedule

It’s spring at White Oak Lodge and Resort, and if you’re staying with us you probably want to get out and enjoy the wonders of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Many roads, trails and campgrounds are already open. Here’s a schedule so you can plan accordingly.

Open Roads

Forge Creek Road
Clingmans Dome Road
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Round Bottom/Straight Fork Road
Rich Mountain Road
Little Greenbrier Road

Balsam Mountain Road and Heintooga Ridge Road will open on May 26. Parson Branch Road will remain closed in 2017.

Bikers coming down a path at Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains during summer
Enjoy the Smoky Mountain backdrop with a bike ride through Cades Cove.


Cades Cove

Note: Walk-ins are allowed through May 14. May 15-October 31 is peak season, and availability is by reservation only.

Reservations are either required or strongly recommended during the spring and summer seasons for all campgrounds. Visit to make reservations up to six months in advance.


The following are open for the season.

Sugarlands Riding Stable
Cades Cove Riding Stable
Smoky Mountain Riding Stable

In addition to horseback rides, Cades Cove Riding Stable offers carriage rides and hay rides which are wheelchair accessible.

Family on horseback in the Great Smoky Mountains
Horseback riding in the Smoky Mountains is fun for the whole family.


Picnic Areas at Cades Cove, Deep Creek, Greenbrier and Metcalf Bottoms are open year-round. Chimneys, Collins Creek, Big Creek and Cosby picnic areas are open. Heintooga picnic area will open on May 26. Look Rock picnic area will remain closed for the year.

Visitor Centers

Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg
Cades Cove Visitor Center near Townsend
Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee, NC
Clingmans Dome Visitor Information Center

All four centers are open daily, seven days a week.

Are you excited to spend summer days at White Oak Lodge and Resort, where you can go exploring the splendor of the Smoky Mountains?

Are you a Smoky Mountain Park veteran? Which trails and campgrounds are your favorites?

Victoria Hoffman

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