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Multi-Vehicle Collision on Newfound Gap Road

Multi-Vehicle Collision on Newfound Gap Road

Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers responded to a multi-vehicle collision near mile marker 25 on Newfound Gap Road at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 14. The collision involved four vehicles including a Honda Pilot, Kia Sorento, Chevy Trailblazer and a truck towing a gooseneck flatbed trailer transporting another pickup. The driver of the […]

Anakeesta Hosts Fundraiser for Great Smoky Mountains Association

Anakeesta Hosts Fundraiser for Great Smoky Mountains Association

Anakeesta is proud to partner with Leslie Truan, Miss Tennessee United States, and the new Margaritaville Gatlinburg Resort in a fundraiser to benefit the Great Smoky Mountains Association. The event will be held on Saturday, July 14 and will begin at 3:00 PM to conclude at 6:00 PM. Raffle tickets will be sold in Firefly […]

Clingmans Dome Tower Rehabilitation Work to Resume July 10

Clingmans Dome Tower Rehabilitation Work to Resume July 10

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that the Clingmans Dome Observation Tower will be closed Tuesday, July 10 through Friday, July 27 to complete a rehabilitation project that began last year. The remaining final surface overlay work was scheduled to be completed earlier this summer; however, numerous rain events resulted in the delay of […]

Fatality Bicycle Accident in Cades Cove

Fatality Bicycle Accident in Cades Cove

Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers responded to a report of a bicycle accident in Cades Cove at 12:48 p.m. on Friday, June 29, 2018. The cyclist, 55-year old Sandra Hull from Sarasota, FL, fell off her bicycle along the Cades Cove Loop Road near the exit. Hull received injuries to the back of her […]

Park Hosts Cherokee Storytelling Series in Cades Cove

Park Hosts Cherokee Storytelling Series in Cades Cove

Great Smoky Mountains National Park invites the public to join master Cherokee storyteller Kathi Littlejohn in Cades Cove for a series of storytelling sessions beginning Thursday, June 21 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Cades Cove Campground Amphitheater. Kathi is a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and has been telling […]

Smokies Service Days Return

Smokies Service Days Return

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials are excited to announce that the popular “Smokies Service Days” volunteer program will resume this month. Park staff will lead service opportunities on Saturdays beginning June 9. Individuals and groups are invited to sign up for any of the scheduled service projects that interest them including unique opportunities to […]

Asheville Volunteer Group Repairs Historic Palmer Barn

Asheville Volunteer Group Repairs Historic Palmer Barn

Great Smoky Mountains National Park recently received help to restore key elements of the historic Palmer Barn. Asheville building contractor Sean Perry and his crew partnered with the park and Friends of the Smokies to preserve the structural integrity of the barn and improve visitor safety through the renovation project in Cataloochee in the North […]

Clingmans Dome Tower Temporarily Closed June 4 through June 15

Clingmans Dome Tower Temporarily Closed June 4 through June 15

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that the Clingmans Dome Observation Tower will be closed Monday, June 4 through Friday, June 15 to complete a rehabilitation project that began last year. Workers need to apply a final surface overlay along the tower ramp. While visitors will not be able to climb the tower, the […]

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 through May 31 on a draft environmental assessment (EA) for proposed upgrades to the Elkmont Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) in Sevier County, Tennessee. The plant serves the Elkmont Developed Area, which includes Elkmont Campground and other facilities nearby.Treated effluent from the plant is currently […]

Chief Ranger Steve Kloster Retires after 35 Years of Service

Chief Ranger Steve Kloster Retires after 35 Years of Service

Great Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced the retirement of Chief Ranger, Steven Kloster, who will retire after 35 years of service. Steve has worked in the Smokies since 1988. Steve has had an illustrious and decorated career, receiving many awards and honors throughout his 35 years of federal service. These include the Department […]

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