Although the federal government has shut down many departments and services, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway are still accessible. Many of the services to the parks are closed, such as visitor centers, picnic areas, restrooms, campgrounds and ranger stations.
US 441 is a main route connecting Cherokee, NC with Gatlinburg, TN. This road will remain open and takes you through some of the best scenery the park has to offer. Also, the Blue Ridge Parkway will remain open for travel during this time. Just don't plan on finding any rangers or government services available while you are up there! There's also Dupont State Park, where the movie The Hunger Games was filmed, which will continue to offer full services throughout the season. It's a little further out but worth the trip.
Despite everything, the days will continue to get shorter, the leaves will continue to change color and the temperatures will continue to get cooler. Life goes on! So come to the mountains and enjoy the view. While you are in the area, plan on staying with us at Brookside Mountain Mist Inn Bed and Breakfast in Waynesville, North Carolina.
We are centrally located in western North Carolina which give you access to all there is to do in the area within an hour's drive. Remember, there are still many great things to do in the area. Consider white water rafting, zip line rides, Segway tours of Waynesville, antique shopping, arts & crafts, festivals, microbrewery tours, gem mining, hiking, horseback riding, etc, etc, etc. You get the idea. There's a lot to do and see!
Come for the scenery, stay for the adventure! We're open for business, here in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.
Carolyn Gendreau & Dina Giunta
Brookside Mountain Mist Inn