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Weather Advisement in Anticipation of Tropical Storm Nate

Weather Advisement in Anticipation of Tropical Storm Nate

Great Smoky Mountain National Park officials advise that the effects of Tropical Storm Nate may impact Great Smoky Mountains National Park as early as Saturday afternoon. Preliminary estimations from the National Weather Service suggest that the storm may pass the park Saturday afternoon, overnight into Sunday and on into Monday.Current rainfall predictions range from 4-10 […]

Park to Open Chimney Tops Trail October 6

Park to Open Chimney Tops Trail October 6

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials will open the Chimney Tops Trail to a newly developed observation point starting Friday, October 6, 2017. The entire trail has been closed to the public since the Chimney Tops 2 Fire event occurred in late November 2016. “We are excited to complete the work on the Chimney Tops […]

Park Hosts Volunteer Trail Opportunity for National Public Lands Day

Park Hosts Volunteer Trail Opportunity for National Public Lands Day

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting a volunteer trail maintenance workday on Saturday, September 30 in celebration of the 24th annual National Public Lands Day. Participants are invited to participate on a trail rehabilitation project along the Clingmans Dome Bypass Trail from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Volunteers will perform trail maintenance including installation […]

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 Mountains Astronomical Society, will offer a stargazing program in Cades Cove on Saturday, September 23, 2017 beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Experienced astronomers and numerous telescopes will be on hand to provide a discovery of the spring sky’s position of stars, galaxies, and constellations, including the […]

Two Motor Cycle Accidents in Park

Two Motor Cycle Accidents in Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Rangers temporarily closed park roads for two serious motorcycle accidents on Sunday evening, September 17. At approximately 6:20 p.m., a single motorcycle accident was reported along the Foothills Parkway West between mile marker 7 and 8. An adult male rider was transported by Lifestar to the University of Tennessee Medical […]

Park Reopening Roads and Facilities

Park Reopening Roads and Facilities

On Tuesday, September 12, Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials began reopening roads and facilities at 6:00 a.m. Park crews continue to clear fallen trees and limbs along roadways and assessing campgrounds and facilities for reopening. The park is still under a National Weather Service Wind Advisory in Tennessee until 2:00 p.m. Currently, the following […]

Smokies Experiencing Effects of Hurricane Irma

Smokies Experiencing Effects of Hurricane Irma

Great Smoky Mountains National Park began experiencing increased winds and rain associated with Hurricane Irma early Monday morning at higher elevations. At Clingmans Dome, the park’s highest point, sustained winds between 15 to 20 mph were recorded at 8:00 a.m. with gusts of 30 mph. The current Wind Advisory issued by the National Weather Service […]

Preparations Underway for Hurricane Irma

Preparations Underway for Hurricane Irma

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have begun preparations for high winds and heavy rains associated with Hurricane Irma. Preliminary estimations from the National Weather Service suggest that the storm will pass the park Monday during the day, overnight into Tuesday and continue early Wednesday. Tropical storm winds of 40-70 mph could be experienced with higher […]

National Park Service Releases Review of Chimney Tops 2 Fire

National Park Service Releases Review of Chimney Tops 2 Fire

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke issued an independent review of the Chimney Tops 2 Fire that burned 11,410 acres in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in November 2016 and merged with other area fires, which caused 14 deaths and millions of dollars in damage in the Gatlinburg area. The report outlines the origins […]

Bohanan Reunited with Family After 11 Days

Bohanan Reunited with Family After 11 Days

After spending 11 nights lost in the backcountry of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Austin Bohanan walked out of the woods along Panther Creek and flagged down a passing boat for help on August 23 at approximately 2:30 p.m. He was quickly reunited with his family who has gathered daily near the site since his […]

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