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Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair Returns October 10-27

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair Returns October 10-27

The celebration of fall also encompasses one of the southeast’s most popular events… the Annual Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair. From October 10 through 27, the Gatlinburg Convention Center blossoms into a multi-level mecca of the top craft people from all across the United States. Autumn’s brisk air signals all of nature to transform the Great Smoky […]

OktOBERfest Returns to Ober

OktOBERfest Returns to Ober

Ober Gatlinburg is celebrating October with a fantastic festival featuring Bavarian-style food, drink and music, but you don’t have to don your finest lederhosen or dirndls to be a part of the fun. OktOBERfest returns to its Gatlinburg-style roots with 38 days of merrymaking as the resort commemorates the 209th anniversary of the popular festival held […]

Anakeesta Presents Legend of Hallow Mountain

Anakeesta Presents Legend of Hallow Mountain

Enter a world of whimsy and scares at Anakeesta’s Legend of Hallow Mountain. From kid-friendly Halloween fun to pulse-pounding scare zones, everyone will find their level of fun….or FEAR….at Anakeesta. For all ages throughout the day, Autumn at Anakeesta will offer family-friendly crafts, games, activities, not-so-spooky character visits, and fall-inspired treats for all. As the […]

Autumn Color in the Smokies

Autumn Color in the Smokies

The notion that peak color season in Great Smoky Mountains National Park happens in mid-October is a misconception. The marvelous colors of autumn actually light up the Smokies for seven weeks or more as the peak elevations move down the mountainsides from the highest elevations to the foothills. Autumn in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a […]

Burn Permits Required Beginning Sept. 23

Burn Permits Required Beginning Sept. 23

With hot and dry weather leading into our fall fire season, Tennessee’s State Forester is requiring a burn permit for all open-air outdoor fires beginning Sept. 23. Typically, burn permits are required statewide Oct. 15-May 15. While Tennessee has not seen an increase in the number of wildfires, and indices right now don’t suggest a […]

TN Division of Forestry Monitoring Wildfire Risk

TN Division of Forestry Monitoring Wildfire Risk

Wildland fire officials with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry are keeping a close eye on weather conditions as the state and region experience a prolonged hot and dry pattern. While the division has not seen an increase in the number of wildfires, nor do indices suggest a high fire danger, the agency […]

Upcoming Single Lane Closures on the Spur

Upcoming Single Lane Closures on the Spur

Great Smoky Mountains National Park maintenance crews will implement temporary, single-lane closures along the north and southbound Spur between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, beginning Monday, September 23 through Wednesday, September 25 for routine maintenance operations. The single-lane closures will be in effect from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day.  The park implements temporary single-lane […]

Park Hosts Multiple Volunteer Opportunities in Celebration of National Public Lands Day

Park Hosts Multiple Volunteer Opportunities in Celebration of National Public Lands Day

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host a variety of opportunities on Saturday, September 28 in celebration of the 26th annual National Public Lands Day.  On this day, National Park Service staff and volunteers will host information stations at popular sites throughout the national park. These stations will offer information about Leave No Trace principles […]

The Time for Fall Festivals is Here!

The Time for Fall Festivals is Here!

The Labor Day holiday has come and gone. Even though the thermometer says otherwise, autumn is just around the corner and the time to start planning to get out and enjoy the harvest is now. There are more than enough diverse opportunities to get out and enjoy the season that many call their favorite time […]

Park Reaches Biodiversity Milestone at 20,000 Species

Park Reaches Biodiversity Milestone at 20,000 Species

Great Smoky Mountains National Park has reached a biodiversity milestone with the discovery and documentation of 20,000 species of plants, animals, and other organisms. Scientists from across the world have assisted the park in a concerted effort to catalog all life in the park through an All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI).“Reaching this milestone is a […]