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Park to Restore Accessibility and Some Basic Visitor Services

Park to Restore Accessibility and Some Basic Visitor Services

Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced today that recently closed areas of the park will once again be accessible to visitors beginning Sunday, January 13. Some basic visitor services, including campgrounds and restrooms, will reopen using revenue generated by recreation fees. Areas that have been recently closed but that will be accessible to park visitors […]

Gatlinburg Welcomes 2019 With New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show Celebration

Gatlinburg Welcomes 2019 With New Year’s Eve  Ball Drop and Fireworks Show Celebration

On Monday, December 31, Gatlinburg will ring in the new year under the cover of the iconic Gatlinburg Space Needle for its 31st Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show. Since 1987, this family-friendly celebration has been one of the largest organized New Year’s Eve events in the nation, and this year’s end-of-the-year celebration […]

Park Plans Prescribed Burn in Cades Cove

Park Plans Prescribed Burn in Cades Cove

Over the last 20 years, park managers have conducted these burns during the spring and fall under specific prescription parameters to safely reduce fuels, restore meadow habitats, and maintain the historic landscape of Cades Cove. Park staff closely monitor fire weather conditions including vegetation and soil moisture, wind speed and direction, temperature, and relative humidity […]

Experience Gatlinburg Winter Magic this Holiday Season

Experience Gatlinburg Winter Magic this Holiday Season

Wintertime visitors of Gatlinburg are in for a flurry of action-packed activities this holiday season, highlighted by enhanced seasonal décor featuring over fifty, three-dimensional Snowpeople placed throughout the city. Gatlinburg Winter Magic runs from November through January, and includes activities for the whole family. Visitors can find a complete list of holiday happenings by downloading […]

Park Hosts Star Gazing Event at Cades Cove

Park Hosts Star Gazing Event at Cades Cove

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in cooperation with the Smoky Mountain Astronomical Society, will offer a stargazing program in Cades Cove on Saturday, November 17, 2018 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Experienced astronomers and numerous telescopes will be on hand to provide a discovery of the fall sky’s position of stars, galaxies, and constellations, including the […]

45th Annual Gatlinburg Festival of Trees: A glittering tradition that can’t be missed

45th Annual Gatlinburg Festival of Trees:  A glittering tradition that can’t be missed

The holiday season has arrived in Gatlinburg with one of the city’s greatest Christmas traditions, the annual Festival of Trees. Presented by Gatlinburg Hospitality Solutions, this free event has brought the joys of the season to residents and visitors for over 40 years, while simultaneously supporting organizations that give opportunities to Sevier County’s local and […]

Park, Congressional Leaders, and Governor Dedicate Foothills Parkway

Park, Congressional Leaders, and Governor Dedicate Foothills Parkway

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials were joined by Senator Lamar Alexander, Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr, Congressman Phil Roe, Governor Bill Haslam, and NPS Southeast Regional Director Bob Vogel to dedicate the long-awaited section of the Foothills Parkway between Walland and Wears Valley, TN before the public opening on Saturday, November 10. The public […]

Don’t Forget to Check Smoke Alarm Batteries When You ‘Fall Back’ This Weekend

Don’t Forget to Check Smoke Alarm Batteries When You ‘Fall Back’ This Weekend

The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds Tennesseans to check their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when setting their clocks back one hour Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, at 2 a.m. (CDT) when daylight saving time ends. “Smoke alarms have proven to save lives in the event of a home fire—but only if they […]

Park Hosts Walking Opportunity on the Foothills Parkway

Park Hosts Walking Opportunity on the Foothills Parkway

Great Smoky Mountains National Park invites the public to walk approximately two miles along the new section of the Foothills Parkway between Walland and Wears Valley on Thursday, November 8 for a Community Day celebration. This is a special opportunity for pedestrians to experience the series of bridges that connect the 1.65-mile section known as […]

Park Reopens Bote Mountain Trail

Park Reopens Bote Mountain Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced the partial reopening of a 2.9-mile section of Bote Mountain Trail on Friday, November 2 for hikers only. This popular trail provides access from the Cades Cove area to the Appalachian Trail near Spence Field. The trail section has been closed since September 24 while extensive rehabilitation was […]

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