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Park Announces Frontcountry Camping Fee Increase

Park Announces Frontcountry Camping Fee Increase

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced a fee increase for frontcounty campgrounds and picnic pavilions effective March 1, 2018. Over the past year, officials reviewed public comments, operating costs, and projected budget levels to determine the rate increases which range from 10% to 25%. The rate increases are necessary to meet the rising costs […]

Park Seeks Tips Regarding Damage to Elkmont Cabins

Park Seeks Tips Regarding Damage to Elkmont Cabins

The National Park Service Investigative Services Branch (ISB) is seeking witnesses who may have information regarding a recent human-caused fire that caused damage to cabins in the Elkmont Historic District.US Park Rangers responded to an initial report of the fire at about 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.  The damaged cabins are located in […]

Clingmans Dome Tower Rehabilitation Project Suspended for Winter

Clingmans Dome Tower Rehabilitation Project Suspended for Winter

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that the Clingmans Dome Observation Tower has been reopened to the public. The rehabilitation work has been suspended for the winter and is expected to resume this Spring. The remaining work is expected to take approximately two weeks and will necessitate another short-term closure to complete. Visitors can […]

Park Invites the Public to #OptOutside after Thanksgiving Day

Park Invites the Public to #OptOutside after Thanksgiving Day

Great Smoky Mountains National Park invites visitors to join a park ranger for a guided hike on Friday, November 24 or a service opportunity on Saturday, November 25. Hikes will be offered near the Oconaluftee Visitor Center and Elkmont Campground, providing an outstanding opportunity for people of all ages to #OptOutside and enjoy the park. […]

Park Invites Public Comment on Elkmont Wastewater Treatment Plant Project

Park Invites Public Comment on Elkmont Wastewater Treatment Plant Project

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials invite the public to comment on a proposed project through December 10, 2017. The National Park Service is proposing to upgrade the Elkmont Wastewater Treatment Plant. The plant serves the Elkmont Developed Area including the Elkmont Campground. Treated effluent from the plant is currently discharged to the Little River […]

Join Park Rangers for Smokies Service Days

Join Park Rangers for Smokies Service Days

Great Smoky Mountains National Park has extended the “Smokies Service Days” program into December with the addition of four new opportunities. These single-day volunteer projects help complete much needed work across the park and are ideal for people interested in learning more about the park through hands-on service. Each project will provide tasks appropriate for […]

Delayed Opening of Cades Cove for Loop Lope Event

Delayed Opening of Cades Cove for Loop Lope Event

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials remind park visitors that access to Cades Cove will be delayed on Sunday, November 5 until 10:30 a.m. for the Cades Cove Loop Lope. The event has been planned to minimize disturbance to visitors for this once-a-year opportunity for pre-registered participants to run a choice of a 10-mile or […]

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 […]

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