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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 […]

Knoxville Man Killed When Vehicle Struck by Fallen Tree

Knoxville Man Killed When Vehicle Struck by Fallen Tree

Patrick Cook Elliott, age 64 of Knoxville, TN, died shortly after his vehicle was struck by a fallen tree along Little River Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park at approximately 3:45 p.m. on Monday, June 24, 2019. Elliott was driving a 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee heading west along Little River Road approximately 7 miles […]

Park Hosts “Smokies Service Days”

Park Hosts “Smokies Service Days”

Great Smoky Mountains National Park invites the public to participate in “Smokies Service Days” beginning June 29 to help complete much needed work across the park. Park staff will lead these single-day volunteer opportunities that are ideal for people of all ages interested in learning more about the park through hands-on service.Individuals, families, and groups […]

Trillium Gap Trail Rehabilitation Begins May 13

Trillium Gap Trail Rehabilitation Begins May 13

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that a 2-year trail rehabilitation project will begin next week on Trillium Gap Trail. Due to the construction process on the narrow trail, a full closure is necessary for the safety of both the crew and visitors. The trail and associated parking lot along Roaring Fork Motor Nature […]