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Trillium Gap Trail Rehabilitation Begins May 13

Trillium Gap Trail Rehabilitation Begins May 13

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that a 2-year trail rehabilitation project will begin next week on Trillium Gap Trail. Due to the construction process on the narrow trail, a full closure is necessary for the safety of both the crew and visitors. The trail and associated parking lot along Roaring Fork Motor Nature […]

Park Celebrates Tourism Week with Local Communities

Park Celebrates Tourism Week with Local Communities

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is pleased to announce the selection of Joy Absher as the 2018 “Employee of the Year” in concert with celebrating Tourism Week with local communities. This marks the 35th anniversary of an important partnership between the park and its neighboring communities which recognizes the outstanding work of park employees in […]

Park Announces Synchronous Firefly Viewing Dates

Park Announces Synchronous Firefly Viewing Dates

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have announced the dates for firefly viewing in Elkmont. Shuttle service to the viewing area will be provided on Thursday, May 30 through Thursday, June 6.  All visitors wishing to view the synchronous fireflies at Elkmont must have a parking pass distributed through the lottery system at www.recreation.gov. Every year […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Park Announces New Chief Ranger

Park Announces New Chief Ranger

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that Lisa Hendy has been selected as the new Chief Ranger. In April, Hendy will oversee employees in the Resource and Visitor Protection Division who perform law enforcement duties, wildland fire operations, emergency medical services, search and rescue operations, backcountry operations, and staff the emergency communications center. Hendy […]

Park Plans Prescribed Burn in Cades Cove

Park Plans Prescribed Burn in Cades Cove

Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Appalachian-Piedmont-Coastal Zone fire management staff plan to burn approximately 500 acres of fields within Cades Cove. Weather permitting, burn operations will occur Monday, February 25 through Tuesday, February, 26. Over the last 20 years, park managers have conducted these burns during the spring and fall under specific prescription […]

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