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69th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage Held in Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Gatlinburg

69th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage Held  in Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Gatlinburg

  The 69th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage celebrates the beauty of the season with opportunities to partake in more than 200 professionally guided walks, classes, and seminars that explore the area’s rich fauna, ecology and cultural history. Last year, more than 850 pilgrims took part in the event’s annual spring exploration of Great Smoky Mountains […]

Gatlinburg Presents Earth Week in the Smokies

Gatlinburg Presents Earth Week in the Smokies

Presented by Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg, Gatlinburg celebrates environmental sustainability and community with unique Earth Day-inspired events held on Tuesday, April 23 and Friday, April 26.  Join us in rolling up our sleeves to beautify Gatlinburg during the Spur Clean Up Presented by Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg. Gatlinburg will partner with Keep Sevier Beautiful and National Park Service […]

Park Announces Spring Opening Schedule

Park Announces Spring Opening Schedule

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials finalized the 2019 spring opening schedule for park facilities. Most campgrounds, picnic areas, and roads will open this Friday, April 19, in time for Easter weekend. The remainder of the facilities will open between now and Memorial Day weekend in preparation for the busy summer season. “Our staff has […]

Gatlinburg Celebrates Easter Weekend with a Schedule of Holiday-Related Events and gatherings.

Gatlinburg Celebrates Easter Weekend with a Schedule of Holiday-Related Events and gatherings.

Just in time for the season, Great Smoky Easter Arts and Crafts Show arrives to put a spring in shoppers’ steps with its annual celebration of craft. With paintings to leather work and everything in-between, those looking for unique items will find a myriad of well-made products and seasonal gifts created by members of Great Smoky […]

Get Inspired During “Hands On Gatlinburg” Weekend and Learn to Make Artwork from Expert Crafters

Get Inspired During “Hands On Gatlinburg” Weekend and Learn to Make Artwork from Expert Crafters

Spring into the new season by getting in touch with your creative side during “Hands On Gatlinburg” Arts & Crafts Weekend in the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community. Workshops being offered to eventgoers include everything from woodworking to glassblowing, painting, jewelry-making, watercolor, weaving, paper marbling and much more. From April 12 through April 14, over […]

Park and EBCI Finalize Agreement Allowing Sochan Gathering

Park and EBCI Finalize Agreement Allowing Sochan Gathering

Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians (EBCI) finalized a gathering agreement that allows the gathering of sochan (Rudbeckia laciniata) for traditional purposes by 36 permitted tribal members. Park Superintendent Cassius Cash and Principal Chief Richard Sneed were joined by tribal council members as they signed the historic agreement […]

Gatlinburg’s Popular Wine Festival Expands with New Experiences

Gatlinburg’s Popular Wine Festival Expands with New Experiences

Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Wine Weekend presented by Courtyard by Marriott continues as one of the area’s most popular spring celebrations, adding countless new and favorite ways that wine and food lovers can savor Tennessee wineries. Sanctioned by the Tennessee Farm Winegrowers Alliance, the two-day event begins Friday evening, April 13, with the Gatlinburg Wine Tour […]

Park Plans Prescribed Burn Operation in Lynn Hollow

Park Plans Prescribed Burn Operation in Lynn Hollow

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that the Appalachian-Piedmont-Coastal Fire Management Zone staff plan to conduct a 240-acre prescribed burn along the park boundary near the Lake in the Sky and the Top of the World communities in Blount County, TN. The prescribed burn operations are expected to last up to two days between […]

Park Launches ‘SmokyMtnU’

Park Launches ‘SmokyMtnU’

Great Smoky Mountains National Park staff recently launched a pilot education program, ‘SmokyMtnU,’ through a partnership with Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). As a part of a four-credit biology course, students are spending their spring break learning about the diversity of park resources from Monday, March 4 through Thursday, March 7. Park staff collaborated with […]

Park Recruits ‘Adopt-a-Plot’ Volunteers

Park Recruits ‘Adopt-a-Plot’ Volunteers

Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers are recruiting volunteers to adopt a monitoring plot in areas throughout the park. In an effort to track nature’s calendar, or phenology, volunteers will collect information as part of an important research project tracking seasonal biological data such as plant flowering dates and the presence of migratory birds. Previous […]

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