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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 […]

Single-Lane Closures on Park Roads near Gatlinburg

Single-Lane Closures on Park Roads near Gatlinburg

Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced temporary, single-lane closures along the Gatlinburg Spur (US 441), Gatlinburg Bypass, and Cherokee Orchard Road beginning Wednesday, August 16 through Friday, September 29 for the removal of trees along the roadways. The roads will remain open, but motorists should expect single-lane closures during daylight hours. No work will be […]

Park Reminds Visitors about Clingmans Dome Road Closure for the Solar Eclipse Event

Park Reminds Visitors about Clingmans Dome Road Closure for the Solar Eclipse Event

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials are reminding visitors that Clingmans Dome Road will be closed to all access beginning at 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 19 through the evening of Monday, August 21 following the event. No overnight parking will be allowed at Clingmans Dome Parking Area or pull-offs, parking areas, and trailheads along […]

Half-Day Closure of Cades Cove Loop Road

Half-Day Closure of Cades Cove Loop Road

Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced a half-day closure of Cades Cove Loop Road on Thursday, June 29 due to a critical maintenance issue. The half-day closure will begin at sunrise and remain in effect till noon. No other work is planned at this time. Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians should expect the road to be […]

Women’s Only Backpacking planned in the Smokies

Women’s Only Backpacking planned in the Smokies

Great Smoky Mountains Association understands that for some women, the national park’s backcountry can be a mysterious, sometimes frightening place, but it doesn’t have to be. When women band together on multi-day backpacking trips, they often complete their journey with a new feeling of empowerment. “Women traveling together, whether it be on backpacking, hiking or […]

Jakes Creek and Little River Trail Sections Closed for Elkmont Project

Jakes Creek and Little River Trail Sections Closed for Elkmont Project

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced the temporary closure of trail sections along the Jakes Creek and Little River Trails on Monday, June 26 through Friday, June 30 to complete the Ekmont Historic District demolition project. Both the Jakes Creek Trail and Little River Trail will be closed to all use from the trailheads […]

Nighttime Closure of Wiley Oakley Crossover Bridge

Nighttime Closure of Wiley Oakley Crossover Bridge

Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced a nighttime closure of the Wiley Oakley Drive Crossover Bridge connecting the the north and southbound lanes of the Spur on Tuesday, June 20 for bridge joint installation. The nighttime closure will begin at 9:00 p.m. and could continue through 6:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. Bridge joint installation is expected […]

Volunteers Needed for Rainbow Falls Trail Rehabilitation

Volunteers Needed for Rainbow Falls Trail Rehabilitation

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is currently recruiting for volunteers to assist the Trails Forever trail crew for a rehabilitation project on the Rainbow Falls Trail. Volunteers are needed every Wednesday from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Volunteers must register at least one week in advance by contacting Trails and Facilities Volunteer Coordinator, Adam […]

More Nighttime Bridge Closures Scheduled Along Spur

More Nighttime Bridge Closures Scheduled Along Spur

Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced nighttime closures of the bridges connecting the the north and southbound lanes of the Spur for paving operations beginning Monday, May 29 through Thursday June 1.The nighttime closures will begin each evening at 7:00 p.m. through 7:00 a.m. as weather allows. Paving operations are expected to begin Monday evening […]

Tennessee State Parks to Host National Trails Day Hikes

Tennessee State Parks to Host National Trails Day Hikes

Tennessee State Parks will celebrate National Trails Day with free, guided hikes at all 56 parks on Saturday, June 3. Events will include free, ranger-led hikes through areas with waterfalls and scenic vistas as well as hikes focused on local history and trail clean-ups. With more than 1,000 miles of trails ranging from easy, paved […]

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