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Park Hosts Star Gazing Event at Cades Cove

Park Hosts Star Gazing Event at Cades Cove

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting a stargazing program in Cades Cove on Saturday, September 7, 2019 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Park rangers invite the public to escape the city lights and observe the natural night sky for an evening of viewing stars with equipment and instruction provided by the Smoky Mountain Astronomical Society. Depending […]

Park Superintendent Recognizes First African American Naturalist

Park Superintendent Recognizes First African American Naturalist

On Thursday, August 29, Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent Cassius Cash had the unique opportunity to meet and recognize Dr. Joe Lee, of Jupiter, FL, for his service as the first African American Park Naturalist. Superintendent Cash presented Dr. Lee with a mounted ranger hat in honor of his contribution to the history of […]

Upcoming Winter Park Closures Due to Roadwork

Upcoming Winter Park Closures Due to Roadwork

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that the main access roads into Cades Cove and Cataloochee will be closed for several months this winter for road construction projects.     The main access road into Cataloochee, Cove Creek Road, is expected to be closed from November 1 through February 29 for roadwork while the North […]

Noah Bud Ogle Cabin and Nature Trail Temporary Closure

Noah Bud Ogle Cabin and Nature Trail Temporary Closure

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced a temporary, weekday closure of the Noah Bud Ogle Cabin, Noah Bud Ogle Nature Trail, and associated parking area to allow crews to make needed cabin repairs. The area will be closed August 26 through September 12 on Monday mornings at 7:00 a.m. through Thursday evenings at 5:30 […]

Park Webcams Provide Smokies Views and Weather

Park Webcams Provide Smokies Views and Weather

Great Smoky Mountains National Park recently installed webcams at Newfound Gap and Clingmans Dome, providing visitors with near real-time access to weather conditions and views from the highest elevations in the park. The public can access images taken every 15 minutes, along with hourly information on temperature, humidity, wind speeds, precipitation, and air quality.  The […]

Family Heirlooms Come Back to the Smokies

Family Heirlooms Come Back to the Smokies

Great Smoky Mountains National Park recently received a priceless donation of Cades Cove artifacts to the museum collections. The great-granddaughter of Dan and Sidney Lawson, Robin Derryberry of Chattanooga, TN, donated a chest of drawers, family Bible, wedding portraits, and other family photographs to the National Park Service for longterm preservation at the National Park […]

Genealogical Research Collection Donated to Park

Genealogical Research Collection Donated to Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials are pleased to announce the addition of a new research collection to the park archives. The Donald Bruce Reagan Genealogical Collection is now available to aid genealogists in researching their family history. The collection consists of correspondence, articles, publications, photographs, family information, maps, and digital records compiled by Knoxville resident […]

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 […]