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Biodiversity Inventory Reaches 1,000 New Species Mark

Biodiversity Inventory Reaches 1,000 New Species Mark

Great Smoky Mountains National Park and its non-profit partner, Discover Life in America (DLIA), recently celebrated the 20th year of the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) with the announcement of a major milestone of the project – 1,000 new species to science! Over the last 20 years, many species have been documented in the park for […]

Body of Missing Hiker Located Tuesday Afternoon

Body of Missing Hiker Located Tuesday Afternoon

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced last night that search crews found the body of Mitzie Sue “Susan” Clements, 53, from Cleves, Ohio, after an extensive, week-long search. Clements had been missing from the Clingmans Dome area of the park since Tuesday, September 25. A large-scale search operation was launched, which included trained searchers, […]

Park Continues Extensive Search for Missing Woman

Park Continues Extensive Search for Missing Woman

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have entered the sixth full day of searching for Mitzie Sue “Susan” Clements, 53, who was last seen in the Clingmans Dome area of the park on Tuesday, September 25. Over the weekend, the search effort intensified with the addition of personnel and specialized equipment from five states. Searchers, […]

Rockslide Results in Single-Lane Closures of the Southbound Spur

Rockslide Results in Single-Lane Closures of the Southbound Spur

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announce the implementation of single-lane closures of the southbound Spur (US 441) between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg on Friday, September 28 due to a rockslide which occurred south of Flat Branch.  Crews are currently working to clear the debris from the roadway.  Single-lane closures, with periodic full-road closures, are […]

Park Searching for Missing Hiker Near Clingmans Dome

Park Searching for Missing Hiker Near Clingmans Dome

Great Smoky Mountains National park rangers are searching for a 53-year-old woman from Cleves, Ohio who was last seen in the Clingmans Dome area of the park on Tuesday, September 25. Mitzie Sue “Susan” Clements was hiking with her daughter on the Forney Ridge Trail, near Andrews Bald when the two separated. She was last […]

Fatal Accident Closes Foothills Parkway West, Monday

Fatal Accident Closes Foothills Parkway West, Monday

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have identified the vehicle and occupants involved in the fatal motor vehicle collision which occurred on Foothills Parkway West on Monday, September 17. The driver, Kimberly Wallace Shields, 47, and two passengers, mother Linda Gayle Janes, 70 and sister, Shannon Rae Wallace, 45, were travelling in a 2017 Mazda 6 […]

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 22, 2018, in celebration of the 25th annual National Public Lands Day. Participants are invited to work on a trail rehabilitation project along the Oconaluftee River Trail in Cherokee, North Carolina from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. Volunteers will assist park […]

Park Reopens Roads and Facilities after Tropical Storm

Park Reopens Roads and Facilities after Tropical Storm

On Monday, September 17, Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials began reopening roads and facilities at 6:00 am. Park crews continue to clear fallen trees and limbs along roadways and assessing campgrounds and facilities for reopening. At this time, all main thoroughfares and campgrounds are open and crews continue to work toward opening outlying areas. […]

Additional Closures Announced Ahead of Tropical Storm Florence

Additional Closures Announced Ahead of Tropical Storm Florence

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have announced additional closures for Saturday, September 15, related to the potentially hazardous conditions associated with what is now Tropical Storm Florence. Predictions from the National Weather Service call for strong, gusty winds and rainfall amounts of 4-8 inches moving into the park on Saturday evening, with Sunday morning seeing […]

Park Closures Announced in Preparation of Hurricane Florence

Park Closures Announced in Preparation of Hurricane Florence

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials continue preparations for Hurricane Florence and have announced road and facility closures beginning Saturday, September 15. Predictions from the National Weather Service indicate Florence will be a tropical depression rated-storm when she reaches the Smokies beginning as early as Saturday evening.  Officials anticipate sustained winds of 40 mph with […]

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