National Parks Have Started Reopening Following Coronavirus Closures: Here's What to Know

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After the coronavirus pandemic, many people are itching to get outdoors.

As stay-at-home orders begin lifting around the country, national parks are slowly starting to open back up to visitors looking to take in some scenic sights.

"In accordance with this guidance and in coordination with governors across the country, the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service are working to reopen the American people’s national parks as rapidly as possible," Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said in a statement.

"It is time the American people once again enjoy the incredible benefits of the great outdoors at our national parks, and we will be making that happen while working with our nation’s governors," the post added.

The National Park Service states that some parks may be partially closed or have facilities that are not operational, per USA Today.

Since not all parks have the same rules and things are changing rapidly, visitors are encouraged to check each park's website for any updates ahead of their visit.

Here are the latest updates for some of the most popular national parks:

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee and North Carolina

The most-visited national park has opened roads, trails, picnic areas, and restrooms. Visitor centers, campgrounds, and concessions are closed for the time being. Go to https://twitter.com/smokiesroadsnps for the latest road and facility closures.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

The South Rim of the park will resume being open 24 hours a day starting on June 5. The North Rim will be open during the day. Mather Campground will honor existing reservations. Lodging on both rims will begin in phases throughout June.

The Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Reservations are required! The park will have a timed, reserved entry system through the summer starting June 4. Visitors can reserve and pay ahead of time at recreation.gov. Parts of the park will be opening in a phased approach.

Zion National Park, Utah

Day hiking will be allowed on trails. The Zion Canyon Scenic Drive will be open to private vehicles until it reaches capacity. Shuttles will not be operating. The lodge will be open with limited capacity. Kolob Canyons area remains closed.

Yosemite National Park, California

The park is currently closed to visitors.

Yellowstone National Park, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana

All entrances have re-opened for day-use only. Other facilities such as campgrounds and visitor centers remain closed. Only cabin-style accommodations. Food services will be available "grab and go" style.

Acadia National Park, Maine

Maine is still under a 14-day quarantine order for out-of-town visitors, but the parks have partially reopened. Hiking trails along the Park Loop Road are open along with trash collection and restrooms. The Carriage Roads will open June 5 to pedestrians only.

The Hulls Cove Visitors Center is partially open, while campgrounds will not open any sooner than July 1.

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

The park is partially open. Hiking is available during the day. Riverbank and lakeshore fishing is allowed along with biking and wildlife tours.

Other amenities including campgrounds and overnight lodging remain closed. Food service is also closed. Boating on lakes and rivers is prohibited.

Olympic National Park, Washington

The park is taking a phased reopening approach and will be open partially while coastal areas -- beaches, parking trails and facilities -- remain closed.

Camping is not open, but there is limited lodging and take-out dining.

Glacier National Park, Montana

The park remains closed and will embrace a phased reopening. The first phase will include roads, restrooms and trails, while the second phase includes campgrounds, retail, lodging, and dining.

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