It’s sunny and beautiful above, below, and all around the mountain. Temps starting off nicely today in the low 50s, and we should have no problem rising into the 60s this afternoon. Winds will remain present today with gusts up as high 25mph through this evening. Otherwise, the conditions now and through the weekend are stellar for outdoor exploration. Count on crowds coming to the park in droves with such nice weather and hot temps expected down below. Parking lots will fill up quickly, vehicular traffic will experience occasional delays and slow downs, and popular trails will be bustling with bodies. So pack plenty of patience along with the hat and sunscreen.
Friendly reminder that all of the same COVID-19 health and safety protocols as when we opened at LeConte Lodge remain in place. That applies to mask wearing, occupancy limits, building accessibility, social distancing, and meal services. Despite what changes have been going into effect in Sevier County and the state of Tennessee, our governing authority is the National Park Service. As soon as GSMNP and the lodge are ready to announce possible changes to our routine (which we will obviously mention here!), please continue to abide by current practices, on-site signage KC and respect our hard working staff. Thank you.
Have a great rest of the day.