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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 660 acres of fields on the western end of Cades Cove. Weather permitting, burn operations will occur between Wednesday, November 6 and Friday, December 20. The operations are expected to be conducted on three separate days. Media updates will […]

Park Adopts New Regulation for E-Bike Use

Park Adopts New Regulation for E-Bike Use

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced the adoption of a new regulation to allow the use of low-speed electric bikes (e-bikes) in the park at all locations where bicycles are currently allowed. Both Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes, which can provide electronic assistance until the rider reaches a speed of 20 mph, are […]

Park Volunteer Receives Regional Recognition

Park Volunteer Receives Regional Recognition

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is pleased to announce that dedicated Park Volunteer, Jim Goddard, has won the National Park Service Southeast Regional Hartzog Award for Enduring Service. Mr. Goddard will be presented the Award in appreciation of his significant skills, talent, and time which he has shared with the park for well over two […]

Park Restricts Campfires in the Backcountry

Park Restricts Campfires in the Backcountry

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced a temporary ban on backcountry campfires effective immediately. Due to abnormally dry weather conditions, the potential for wildfires to occur in the backcountry has dramatically increased. The fire restriction will be in effect until further notice.“The park is experiencing abnormally dry and moderate drought conditions throughout the park,” […]

Motor Vehicle Collision Results in Two Fatalities on Newfound Gap Road

Motor Vehicle Collision Results in Two Fatalities on Newfound Gap Road

At 5:01 p.m. on Saturday, September 21, Great Smoky Mountains National Park Rangers were notified of a three vehicle collision on Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441) south of Carlos Campbell Overlook in Tennessee.Rangers reported that a head on collision occurred between a southbound Volkswagen Passat  and a northbound  GMC Yukon.  Both drivers were killed as […]

Park Dedicates Dean Stone Bridge

Park Dedicates Dean Stone Bridge

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials unveiled a bronzed marker along the Foothills Parkway at the newly dedicated Dean Stone Bridge between Walland and Wears Valley. “Dean Stone was one of the park’s most dedicated advocates and we are honored to have the opportunity to pay tribute to his tireless efforts in creating support for the […]

Park Hosts Multiple Volunteer Opportunities in Celebration of National Public Lands Day

Park Hosts Multiple Volunteer Opportunities in Celebration of National Public Lands Day

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host a variety of opportunities on Saturday, September 28 in celebration of the 26th annual National Public Lands Day.  On this day, National Park Service staff and volunteers will host information stations at popular sites throughout the national park. These stations will offer information about Leave No Trace principles […]

Park Reaches Biodiversity Milestone at 20,000 Species

Park Reaches Biodiversity Milestone at 20,000 Species

Great Smoky Mountains National Park has reached a biodiversity milestone with the discovery and documentation of 20,000 species of plants, animals, and other organisms. Scientists from across the world have assisted the park in a concerted effort to catalog all life in the park through an All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI).“Reaching this milestone is a […]

Annual Mountain Life Festival Gives Glimpse in to the Past

Annual Mountain Life Festival Gives Glimpse in to the Past

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host the annual Mountain Life Festival near the Oconaluftee Visitor Center at the Mountain Farm Museum on Saturday, September 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience traditional fall harvest activities on the farm including hearth cooking, apple butter making, blacksmithing, lye soap […]

Park Hosts Music of the Mountains Event

Park Hosts Music of the Mountains Event

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting the annual “Music of the Mountains” event on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, TN. This free event, held from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., pays tribute to the traditional music and dance of the Smoky Mountains and southern Appalachia with lively old-time mountain […]

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