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Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade Comes to Town

Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade Comes to Town

On Friday, December 6, the 44th Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade will roll through downtown Gatlinburg in celebration of the holiday season and the beginning of Gatlinburg Winter Magic. The parade begins at 7:30 p.m. with a spectacular procession of holiday balloons, marching bands, and floats decorated by local businesses and groups that spans the length […]

Park Plans Prescribed Burn in Cades Cove

Park Plans Prescribed Burn in Cades Cove

Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Appalachian-Piedmont-Coastal Zone fire management staff plan to burn approximately 660 acres of fields on the western end of Cades Cove. Weather permitting, burn operations will occur between Wednesday, November 6 and Friday, December 20. The operations are expected to be conducted on three separate days. Media updates will […]

Park Adopts New Regulation for E-Bike Use

Park Adopts New Regulation for E-Bike Use

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced the adoption of a new regulation to allow the use of low-speed electric bikes (e-bikes) in the park at all locations where bicycles are currently allowed. Both Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes, which can provide electronic assistance until the rider reaches a speed of 20 mph, are […]

The Straw that Breaks the Record

The Straw that Breaks the Record

The City of Gatlinburg has successfully completed counting scarecrows in attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Display of Scarecrows.  Officials documented 4,325 scarecrows displayed throughout the downtown area of Gatlinburg.  The standing record is 3,812 scarecrows held by the English town of Burton-Upon-Trent. Gatlinburg exceeded that record by 513 scarecrows.  The […]

Upcoming Winter Park Closures Due to Roadwork

Upcoming Winter Park Closures Due to Roadwork

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 Carolina Department of Transportation repairs a slide just outside the park along the county road. This full road closure will prevent access into Cataloochee from this main access point. The […]

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales Returns to Entertain the Streets of Gatlinburg with Its First Ever Fall Run

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales Returns to Entertain the Streets of  Gatlinburg with Its First Ever Fall Run

The first-ever fall edition of Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales begins Friday, October 4 and continues every Friday and Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. until the end of October. Smoky Mountain Harvest Tunes and Tales celebrates the season with an array of performances from its talented cast of storytellers, cloggers, and musicians as […]

Park Volunteer Receives Regional Recognition

Park Volunteer Receives Regional Recognition

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is pleased to announce that dedicated Park Volunteer, Jim Goddard, has won the National Park Service Southeast Regional Hartzog Award for Enduring Service. Mr. Goddard will be presented the Award in appreciation of his significant skills, talent, and time which he has shared with the park for well over two […]

Park Restricts Campfires in the Backcountry

Park Restricts Campfires in the Backcountry

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced a temporary ban on backcountry campfires effective immediately. Due to abnormally dry weather conditions, the potential for wildfires to occur in the backcountry has dramatically increased. The fire restriction will be in effect until further notice.“The park is experiencing abnormally dry and moderate drought conditions throughout the park,” […]

Gatlinburg Attempts to Break Guinness World Record for Largest Display of Scarecrows

Gatlinburg Attempts to Break Guinness World Record for Largest Display of Scarecrows

The city of Gatlinburg will attempt to break a Guinness World Record for most scarecrows within a location during Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival. To break the current world record, downtown Gatlinburg must claim over 3,812 scarecrows. The attempt celebrates Gatlinburg’s recent enhancement of its annual Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival, with featured festivities, special events and new […]

Motor Vehicle Collision Results in Two Fatalities on Newfound Gap Road

Motor Vehicle Collision Results in Two Fatalities on Newfound Gap Road

At 5:01 p.m. on Saturday, September 21, Great Smoky Mountains National Park Rangers were notified of a three vehicle collision on Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441) south of Carlos Campbell Overlook in Tennessee.Rangers reported that a head on collision occurred between a southbound Volkswagen Passat  and a northbound  GMC Yukon.  Both drivers were killed as […]

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