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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 […]

Park Announces Paving Project on Newfound Gap Road

Park Announces Paving Project on Newfound Gap Road

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that a paving project will begin the week of April 30 on Newfound Gap Road. Work will take place along the road between the Newfound Gap area south to the park boundary at Cherokee, North Carolina. The project should be completed by September 20, 2018, though work schedules […]

Smokies Celebrates 20 Years of New Species Discoveries

Smokies Celebrates 20 Years of New Species Discoveries

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is celebrating 20 years of conducting biodiversity inventories. Park managers, biologists, educators, and non-park scientists initiated an effort to discover all life in the Smokies through an All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) on Earth Day in 1998. The non-profit partner Discover Life in America (DLIA), created in 1998, coordinates the […]

Single-Car Accident on Clingmans Dome Road

Single-Car Accident on Clingmans Dome Road

Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers responded to a report of a single-car, motor vehicle accident on Clingmans Dome Road at approximately 10:43 a.m. on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. The 2009 Honda Fit left the roadway and landed upside down approximately 40 feet below an the roadway. The accident occurred approximately 2 miles west of […]

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, June 7 through Thursday, June 14.  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 […]

National Park Service Hosting Birds of Prey Program

National Park Service Hosting Birds of Prey Program

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is again teaming up with the Balsam Mountain Trust for a special program on Birds of Prey at the Oconaluftee Multipurpose Room near the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on Friday, April 20.Michael Skinner, Executive Director of the Balsam Mountain Trust, will conduct an hour-long Birds of Prey program beginning at 11:00 […]

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