Right, the upper parking lot is being redone. When I was there again in April, the plan would keep the Elkmont Campground open, however -- adding a mile or so of hiking to the TH, if I understand the project right.
Anyway, if anyone out there in Internet land reads this page, call the park for construction info in summer 2010.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe