GATLINBURG, TN — Effective Tuesday, March 17, Great Smoky Mountains Association has suspended its bookstore, orientation shelter, and historical demonstration operations in visitor centers in and around Great Smoky Mountains National Park. GSMA is a nonprofit partner to the park, and its decision is limited to its operations within visitor centers and visitor contact stations. GSMNP officials announced that the entire park will be closed in a continuing effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
GSMA assists park staff by providing visitor orientation, interpretive merchandise sales, and visitor convenience sales at the following locations: Cable Mill; Cades Cove Orientation Shelter; Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont; Sugarlands, Oconaluftee, and Cades Cove visitor centers; as well as Gatlinburg Welcome Center, Townsend Visitor Center, and Swain County Visitor Center in Bryson City, NC. Swain County and Gatlinburg Welcome Centers are also now closed. Townsend Visitor Center will be closed from noon on Friday, March 20.
GSMA is closing its bookstores, as well as the Cable Mill and Orientation Shelter in Cades Cove immediately until the CDC or similar authority determine that COVID-19 transmission has slowed sufficiently to be safe and the CDC is no longer advocating for social distancing.
For more information about current conditions in the park, please visit the park website at www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/conditions.htm or follow SmokiesRoadsNPS on Twitter.