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Gatlinburg Earns National Recognition for Wildfire Preparedness

Gatlinburg Earns National Recognition for Wildfire Preparedness

The city of Gatlinburg, Tenn. will host a ceremony to celebrate earning Firewise USA recognition on May 23 at 3 p.m. EDT at Rocky Top SportsWorld in Gatlinburg. To become Firewise, the Gatlinburg community conducted wildfire hazard assessments and developed protection plans to address safety concerns with guidance from the Gatlinburg Fire Department, Great Smoky […]

Park Invites Public Comment on Elkmont Wastewater Treatment Plant Project

Park Invites Public Comment on Elkmont Wastewater Treatment Plant Project

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials invite the public to comment through May 31 on a draft environmental assessment (EA) for proposed upgrades to the Elkmont Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) in Sevier County, Tennessee. The plant serves the Elkmont Developed Area, which includes Elkmont Campground and other facilities nearby.Treated effluent from the plant is currently […]

Visitors Spend $923 Million in Gateway Communities

Visitors Spend $923 Million in Gateway Communities

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 11,338,893 visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2017 spent $922,947,100 in communities near the park. That spending supported 13,942 jobs in the local area. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, with every dollar invested by American taxpayers in the […]

Gatlinburg Farmers Market Opens its Ninth Season on May 12, 2018

Gatlinburg Farmers Market Opens its Ninth Season on May 12, 2018

The Gatlinburg Farmers Market will celebrate its soft opening for its ninth season on May 12th at 8:30 am. The Gatlinburg Farmers Market is held every Saturday May 12th – Oct 13th 2018, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Covered Bridge in the Arts and Crafts Community of Gatlinburg Tennessee located at 849 Glades Road. Our […]

Chief Ranger Steve Kloster Retires after 35 Years of Service

Chief Ranger Steve Kloster Retires after 35 Years of Service

Great Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced the retirement of Chief Ranger, Steven Kloster, who will retire after 35 years of service. Steve has worked in the Smokies since 1988. Steve has had an illustrious and decorated career, receiving many awards and honors throughout his 35 years of federal service. These include the Department […]

Park Announces Paving Project on Newfound Gap Road

Park Announces Paving Project on Newfound Gap Road

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that a paving project will begin the week of April 30 on Newfound Gap Road. Work will take place along the road between the Newfound Gap area south to the park boundary at Cherokee, North Carolina. The project should be completed by September 20, 2018, though work schedules […]

Smokies Celebrates 20 Years of New Species Discoveries

Smokies Celebrates 20 Years of New Species Discoveries

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is celebrating 20 years of conducting biodiversity inventories. Park managers, biologists, educators, and non-park scientists initiated an effort to discover all life in the Smokies through an All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) on Earth Day in 1998. The non-profit partner Discover Life in America (DLIA), created in 1998, coordinates the […]

Park to Conduct Striping Operations on Various Park Roads

Park to Conduct Striping Operations on Various Park Roads

Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced that a contractor will perform striping operations across the park beginning Monday, April 30 through Friday, May 18. Locations include Newfound Gap Road between Newfound Gap and Gatlinburg, Little River Road between Park Headquarters and Metcalf Bottoms, Sugarlands Visitor Center, Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Clingmans Dome Parking Area, Cataloochee Entrance […]

Single-Car Accident on Clingmans Dome Road

Single-Car Accident on Clingmans Dome Road

Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers responded to a report of a single-car, motor vehicle accident on Clingmans Dome Road at approximately 10:43 a.m. on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. The 2009 Honda Fit left the roadway and landed upside down approximately 40 feet below an the roadway. The accident occurred approximately 2 miles west of […]

Park Announces Synchronous Firefly Viewing Dates

Park Announces Synchronous Firefly Viewing Dates

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have announced the dates for firefly viewing in Elkmont. Shuttle service to the viewing area will be provided on Thursday, June 7 through Thursday, June 14.  All visitors wishing to view the synchronous fireflies at Elkmont must have a parking pass distributed through the lottery system at www.recreation.gov. Every year […]

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