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Park Resumes Paving Work on Little River Road

Park Resumes Paving Work on Little River Road

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that the pavement preservation project on Little River Road will resume Monday, August 19.  A thin pavement overlay will be applied to the entire length of the roadway between Sugarlands Visitor Center and the Townsend Wye, along with associated pull-offs and parking lots, and Elkmont Road leading to […]

Heavy Rainstorm Results in Rock Slides, Downed Trees, and Motorist Fatality on Spur

Heavy Rainstorm Results in Rock Slides, Downed Trees, and Motorist Fatality on Spur

At approximately 3:00 p.m., the northern area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Gatlinburg, TN experienced extremely heavy rainfall causing multiple small rock slides, downed trees, and flash flooding along the Spur and Gatlinburg Bypass. Over 4 inches of rain fell in a localized area between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge in just a little […]

Interagency Search Effort Leads to Successful Outcome

Interagency Search Effort Leads to Successful Outcome

After spending four nights lost in the backcountry of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Kevin Mark Lynch was found by searchers.  At approximately 4:25 p.m. searchers discovered Lynch, alert and responsive, in the southeast area of the park near the Cataloochee Divide Trail.Earlier this afternoon, grid search team members discovered the first significant leads in […]

Search Efforts Continue for Missing Kevin Lynch

Search Efforts Continue for Missing Kevin Lynch

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials continue to search for 58 year-old Kevin Mark Lynch who went missing on Saturday, July 27.  Today marks day five of search efforts as more agencies are incorporated into the operation. Over the course of the last four days, grid searchers, trackers, and numerous dog teams have searched a five […]

Search Operations Amplify for Missing New Jersey Man

Search Operations Amplify for Missing New Jersey Man

Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers continue to search for 58 year-old Kevin Mark Lynch who went missing on Saturday, July 27.  Lynch was reportedly last seen walking along the boundary of the park at the Swag resort in Haywood County, NC near the Cataloochee Divide Trail.Lynch is a white male approximately 5’5” feet tall, […]

National Park Service Seeks Information Regarding Man’s Death

National Park Service Seeks Information Regarding Man’s Death

The National Park Service Investigative Services Branch (ISB) investigators are trying to determine the circumstances surrounding the death of David Carver, Jr who was found in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on July 8, 2019. Carver was reported missing by a family member to the Blount County Sheriff’s Office in early June. If you have […]

Motorist Fatality on Clingmans Dome Road

Motorist Fatality on Clingmans Dome Road

Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers responded to a single-car, motor vehicle accident on Clingmans Dome Road at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Monday, July 15. The driver of the vehicle, Timothy Patrick James McCauley, age 37, of Farmington, Missouri died as a result of his injuries. The passenger, Angela Walker, age 38, was flown to […]

Motorcyclist Fatality on Newfound Gap Road

Motorcyclist Fatality on Newfound Gap Road

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Rangers responded to a report of a motorcycle collision along Newfound Gap Road at approximately 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, 2019. Roger Clyde Anders Jr., age 50, of Pleasant Hill, LA, was traveling on Newfound Gap Road when he lost control of his motorcycle, hit another motorcycle in front […]

Park and DLiA Host Smokies Species Day

Park and DLiA Host Smokies Species Day

Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the non-profit partner Discover Life in America (DLiA) are celebrating the diversity of life in the park by hosting “Smokies Species Day” at Sugarlands Visitor Center on Saturday, June 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Attendees can learn about fungi, slime molds, beetles, moths, butterflies, and other creatures […]

Trillium Gap Trail Temporarily Closed Due to Trail Conditions

Trillium Gap Trail Temporarily Closed Due to Trail Conditions

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that Trillium Gap Trail will be temporarily closed through Thursday, July 11, due to hazardous trail conditions. The area received heavy rainfall over the last couple of weeks causing extremely slippery, muddy conditions on the trail surface undergoing rehabilitation. “The safety of our visitors and staff is our highest […]

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