For all intents and purposes, YES. We have been back in business for tourism since the beginning of the new year and everything you want to come and see and do are open and waiting for you to arrive!
While it is true that many areas and businesses that were hit hardest by the fires still bear the scars of the disaster (full reconstruction, as if the fires had never happened, will still take some time), both locals and visitors have well since move past the disaster and are continuing to operate normally. No further special events are cancelled, all roads into and around the Smoky Mountain National Park available to the public are no longer closed and all of the major attractions in the city (as well as the minor) are either fully open for business now or will be once the tourism season begins in March. The mountain sights and natural spots of the Smokies that were burned during the disaster have also healed and will flourish again here very soon as Spring gets further underway.
This remains the authorized list of businesses that are no longer intact from the wildfires. If your favorite attraction or restaurant is not on this list, you can expect to visit it right now or the next time you’re in town:
* Alamo Steakhouse (Gatlinburg location). Destroyed.
* Arrowmont. Damaged but recovered and back open to the public.
* Cupid’s Chapel of Love. Destroyed.
* Dollywood. Slightly damaged but recovered with all events and plans for 2017 on track.
* First Baptist Church of Gatlinburg. Damaged, but main church building intact.
* Gatlinburg Church of Christ. Destroyed.
* Hillbilly Golf. Damaged. Reconstruction underway and expected to re-open for Spring 2017.
* Hollywood Star Cars Museum. Minor damage. Recovered.
* The Lodge at Buckberry Creek. Largely damaged. No longer in business.
* Mountain Lodge Restaurant. Destroyed.
* Mysterious Mansion. Previously believed destroyed, the attraction is fully intact and undamaged.
* Roaring Fork Baptist Church. Destroyed.
* Southland Car and Jeep Rentals. Destroyed.
Everything else is operating as normal here in the Smokies!
This Smoky Mountain wildfire update is provided to you by Deer Ridge Mountain Resort.
Last updated: 2-22-17