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Update on Gov shut down and campgrounds and trails
Posted: Oct 03, 2013 09:49 AM
Many have asked is 441 open thru Great Smoky Mtn Nat Park. Yes 441 is open from Cherokee into Gatlinburg. However, all US park services are closed, ie campgrounds, restrooms, and info centers. this applys to Stranding Indian Campground here in Macon Co, as well. There are cones blocking parking to trail heads but I can't see how you still can't hike. Just know you are on your own, no rangers are on duty. I rarely see a ranger in the park anyway. Standing Indian Trails and the AT are of course open, if there is noone working how could you police trail entrances anyway!!!