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Park Announces Paving Project on Little River Road

Park Announces Paving Project on Little River Road

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that a pavement preservation project will begin Tuesday, February 19 on Little River Road. A thin pavement overlay will be applied to the entire length of the 16.5-mile roadway between Sugarlands Visitor Center to the Townsend Wye along with associated pull-offs and parking lots and the 1.5-mile Elkmont […]

Autopsy Complete for Man Found in Park in September 2018

Autopsy Complete for Man Found in Park in September 2018

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials recently received the autopsy report from the Knox County Regional Forensic Center detailing that William Lee Hill, Jr. died of accidental methamphetamine intoxication. Hill, age 30, of Louisville, TN was found off-trail in the park on Sunday, September 9, 2018, near Rich Mountain Road, approximately two miles north of […]

Park Resumes Full Operations

Park Resumes Full Operations

With the enactment of the continuing resolution, staff at Great Smoky Mountains National Park resumed regular operations beginning Saturday, January 26. Many basic services were accessible to visitors on weekends and holiday periods throughout the shutdown period using a combination of partner funds and revenue generated by recreation fees. Park visitor centers are now accessible […]

Park to Restore Accessibility and Some Basic Visitor Services

Park to Restore Accessibility and Some Basic Visitor Services

Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced today that recently closed areas of the park will once again be accessible to visitors beginning Sunday, January 13. Some basic visitor services, including campgrounds and restrooms, will reopen using revenue generated by recreation fees. Areas that have been recently closed but that will be accessible to park visitors […]

Gatlinburg Welcomes 2019 With New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show Celebration

Gatlinburg Welcomes 2019 With New Year’s Eve  Ball Drop and Fireworks Show Celebration

On Monday, December 31, Gatlinburg will ring in the new year under the cover of the iconic Gatlinburg Space Needle for its 31st Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show. Since 1987, this family-friendly celebration has been one of the largest organized New Year’s Eve events in the nation, and this year’s end-of-the-year celebration […]

Park Plans Prescribed Burn in Cades Cove

Park Plans Prescribed Burn in Cades Cove

Over the last 20 years, park managers have conducted these burns during the spring and fall under specific prescription parameters to safely reduce fuels, restore meadow habitats, and maintain the historic landscape of Cades Cove. Park staff closely monitor fire weather conditions including vegetation and soil moisture, wind speed and direction, temperature, and relative humidity […]

Experience Gatlinburg Winter Magic this Holiday Season

Experience Gatlinburg Winter Magic this Holiday Season

Wintertime visitors of Gatlinburg are in for a flurry of action-packed activities this holiday season, highlighted by enhanced seasonal décor featuring over fifty, three-dimensional Snowpeople placed throughout the city. Gatlinburg Winter Magic runs from November through January, and includes activities for the whole family. Visitors can find a complete list of holiday happenings by downloading […]

Park Hosts Star Gazing Event at Cades Cove

Park Hosts Star Gazing Event at Cades Cove

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in cooperation with the Smoky Mountain Astronomical Society, will offer a stargazing program in Cades Cove on Saturday, November 17, 2018 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Experienced astronomers and numerous telescopes will be on hand to provide a discovery of the fall sky’s position of stars, galaxies, and constellations, including the […]

45th Annual Gatlinburg Festival of Trees: A glittering tradition that can’t be missed

45th Annual Gatlinburg Festival of Trees:  A glittering tradition that can’t be missed

The holiday season has arrived in Gatlinburg with one of the city’s greatest Christmas traditions, the annual Festival of Trees. Presented by Gatlinburg Hospitality Solutions, this free event has brought the joys of the season to residents and visitors for over 40 years, while simultaneously supporting organizations that give opportunities to Sevier County’s local and […]

Park, Congressional Leaders, and Governor Dedicate Foothills Parkway

Park, Congressional Leaders, and Governor Dedicate Foothills Parkway

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials were joined by Senator Lamar Alexander, Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr, Congressman Phil Roe, Governor Bill Haslam, and NPS Southeast Regional Director Bob Vogel to dedicate the long-awaited section of the Foothills Parkway between Walland and Wears Valley, TN before the public opening on Saturday, November 10. The public […]

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