We awoke to 1.5" of snow on the ground. The trails are going to be extremely icy today. Please make sure you have some sort of ice traction for your boots. If you are hiking up today, I would pack plenty of hand warmers and extra clothing to layer with. If you are hitting the trail late, we ask you to call our office so we know you are out there. You can call Christi at 865-429-5704 and let her know what party you are with and what trail you are on. That way we can keep tabs on everyone and make sure you make it to the top safely.
Hwy 441 is currently closed. The Park Service will be working on the road to clear the ice. They hope to have the road open by noon. If you are hiking up for the night, I would suggest taking the Rainbow Falls trail. It will be the most traveled. Please, start early and give yourself plenty of time to make it to the top. We will have the heaters blasting and lots of hot cocoa waiting on you.