The City of Gatlinburg, Tennessee has officially announced the date it plans to reopen to the general public.
Gatlinburg was recently affected by wildfires in the Gatlinburg area and has been closed to the public, but the city is ready to reopen for business. You can start visiting Gatlinburg again on Friday, December 9, 2016 at 7:00 a.m.
Major roads, including the Gatlinburg Parkway, will be open to the public at this time. Some city roadways may remain closed for construction and utility work, but that will not affect any vacation plans in the area. Everything visitors love about Gatlinburg will be opening on Friday morning – and the Gatlinburg area is excited to welcome visitors for their next vacation getaway.
The best way to support the area, and to help the residents and businesses of the Smoky Mountain communities, is to plan a vacation. VisitMySmokies.com features all of the best Gatlinburg attractions, restaurants, shops and events for your vacation. In addition, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has nearly 245,000 acres of land on the Tennessee side alone, so there’s plenty of hiking trails and places to get out and explore the nature and wildlife in the mountains.
For the latest information about how to donate to families who were affected by the wildfires and other ways to help, please go to the official website for Smoky Mountain area recovery efforts, MountainTough.org.
Established in 2009, Visit My Smokies is the only site visitors need to plan a vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains. Owned by Sevier County, Tenn., the program promotes travel and tourism for the area, including Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville area lodging, attractions, dining and shopping. All offices are located at: 125 Court Ave., Suite 102 E, Sevierville, TN 37862.