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Teams Continue Search for Missing Teen

Teams Continue Search for Missing Teen

On Sunday, August 20, searchers continued looking for missing teen, Austin Bohanan, in a remote section of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The searchers are working in three teams comprised of 24 trained individuals from the National Park Service, Backcountry Unit Search and Rescue (BUSAR), Blount County Sheriff’s Office, and Blount Special Operations Response Team […]

Park Reminds Visitors to Be Prepared for their Solar Eclipse Experience

Park Reminds Visitors to Be Prepared for their Solar Eclipse Experience

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials are urging visitors to review the Frequently Asked Questions information posted on the park’s 2017 Solar Eclipse website at https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/2017-solar-eclipse.htm to assist in planning a safe solar eclipse experience. Everyone is reminded to use only approved solar eclipse glasses when directly viewing the eclipse.  Glasses can only be removed during the […]

Park Officials Request Canines to Assist in Search Effort

Park Officials Request Canines to Assist in Search Effort

Great Smoky Mountain National Park officials continue to search for missing Blount County teen Austin Bohanan.  Late yesterday afternoon Tennessee Highway Patrol utilized a Bell Jet Ranger Helicopter to conduct visual search of the area with no significant findings. This morning five search teams consisting of rangers from the park’s Search and Rescue team, officers […]

Blount County Teen Reported Missing in Park

Blount County Teen Reported Missing in Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Rangers are searching for a Blount County teen believed to be lost in the southwest area of the park. Eighteen-year old, Austin Bohanan was reported missing at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 13. Rangers initiated a ground search on Monday morning, August 14, with 13 members of the Park […]

New Science Education Program Brings Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Classrooms

New Science Education Program Brings Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Classrooms

Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont have been selected to participate in a new science education program, Citizen Science 2.0 in National Parks. Made possible thanks to a $1 million Veverka Family Foundation donation to the National Park Foundation’s Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks, this new program supports collaborations […]

Suspects Involved in Hit-and-Run Incident are Identified

Suspects Involved in Hit-and-Run Incident are Identified

The National Park Service Investigative Services Branch (ISB) has identified the two individuals involved in the hit-and-run accident occurring on July 29 along Little River Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The investigation is ongoing and investigators are still asking for more information from any anyone who may have witnessed the motorcyclists driving along […]

Join Park Rangers for Smokies Service Days

Join Park Rangers for Smokies Service Days

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials are excited to announce a new opportunity for the public to participate in service projects across the park. Park staff have coordinated ten Smokies Service Days on Saturdays beginning July 22 through October 28. Individuals and groups are invited to sign up for any of the scheduled service projects […]

Hiker Suffers Medical Emergency on Alum Cave Trail

Hiker Suffers Medical Emergency on Alum Cave Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Rangers responded to a report of man in cardiac distress on Alum Cave Trail at approximately 9:59 a.m. on Saturday, July 15. Phillip Basset Davenport, age 47, from Nashville, TN was hiking down the Alum Cave Trail from Mt. Le Conte with a group of friends after staying the previous […]

Park Volunteers Receive Regional and National Recognition

Park Volunteers Receive Regional and National Recognition

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials are pleased to announce that several of our dedicated Volunteers in Park (VIP) received regional recognition for their outstanding service. Volunteers Raymond Palmer, Frank March, Daniel Metcalf, and the Centennial Volunteer Ambassador group were selected as recipients of Southeast Regional Service Awards for their exemplary service from over 42,000 […]

Partnership Rekindled Between the National Park and the Oconaluftee Job Corps Center

Partnership Rekindled Between the National Park and the Oconaluftee Job Corps Center

Great Smoky Mountains National Park and U.S. Forest Service officials gathered to announce the re-establishment of an important partnership between the Oconaluftee Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center (JCCCC) and the park. The two organizations signed an agreement establishing a pathway for career developmental opportunities for youth.“We are fortunate to have the Oconaluftee Job Corps Center […]

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