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‘Meet the Author’ Events Planned in National Park This Fall

‘Meet the Author’ Events Planned in National Park This Fall

A full slate of “Meet the Author/Artist” events are being planned in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the coming weeks. During their visits to each of the locations listed below, the authors/artists will discuss their work and how the national park inspired their creative spirit. Authors, their works, dates and locations are as follows: […]

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 Mountains Astronomical Society, will offer a stargazing program in Cades Cove on Saturday, September 23, 2017 beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Experienced astronomers and numerous telescopes will be on hand to provide a discovery of the spring sky’s position of stars, galaxies, and constellations, including the […]

Two Motor Cycle Accidents in Park

Two Motor Cycle Accidents in Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Rangers temporarily closed park roads for two serious motorcycle accidents on Sunday evening, September 17. At approximately 6:20 p.m., a single motorcycle accident was reported along the Foothills Parkway West between mile marker 7 and 8. An adult male rider was transported by Lifestar to the University of Tennessee Medical […]

Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival; Fall Foliage and Fun For All

Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival; Fall Foliage and Fun For All

It’s the most stunning time of the year in Gatlinburg – the arrival of autumn. With the best of the Great Smoky Mountains’ vivid foliage and lodging at its doorstep, it’s no wonder that Gatlinburg is consistently recognized as a haven for leaf peepers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. While the foliage might inspire travelers to […]

Good Grapes! It’s Harvest Time at Tennessee Wineries

Good Grapes! It’s Harvest Time at Tennessee Wineries

Tennessee’s grape harvest is underway and will continue through mid-October. The 70 wineries in Tennessee purchase nearly 99 percent of all grapes grown in the state, which means the wine making process will be in full swing through fall. That makes the season the perfect time to plan a winery visit. Tennessee wineries provide educational […]

Hurricane Irma Evacuees in Tennessee May Be Eligible for Unemployment Benefits

Hurricane Irma Evacuees in Tennessee May Be Eligible for Unemployment Benefits

Hundreds of residents from states impacted by Hurricane Irma escaped the impact of the storm by seeking refuge in cities across Tennessee.  Many are staying with family or at local hotels and campgrounds and are not able to work. Out-of-state residents, who plan to stay in Tennessee for an extended period of time because their […]

Park Reopening Roads and Facilities

Park Reopening Roads and Facilities

On Tuesday, September 12, Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials began reopening roads and facilities at 6:00 a.m. Park crews continue to clear fallen trees and limbs along roadways and assessing campgrounds and facilities for reopening. The park is still under a National Weather Service Wind Advisory in Tennessee until 2:00 p.m. Currently, the following […]

Smokies Experiencing Effects of Hurricane Irma

Smokies Experiencing Effects of Hurricane Irma

Great Smoky Mountains National Park began experiencing increased winds and rain associated with Hurricane Irma early Monday morning at higher elevations. At Clingmans Dome, the park’s highest point, sustained winds between 15 to 20 mph were recorded at 8:00 a.m. with gusts of 30 mph. The current Wind Advisory issued by the National Weather Service […]

Preparations Underway for Hurricane Irma

Preparations Underway for Hurricane Irma

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have begun preparations for high winds and heavy rains associated with Hurricane Irma. Preliminary estimations from the National Weather Service suggest that the storm will pass the park Monday during the day, overnight into Tuesday and continue early Wednesday. Tropical storm winds of 40-70 mph could be experienced with higher […]

Park Staff and Neighbors Celebrate Fall Harvest at the Mountain Farm Museum

Park Staff and Neighbors Celebrate Fall Harvest at the Mountain Farm Museum

The annual Mountain Life Festival at the Mountain Farm Museum in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is scheduled for Saturday, September 16th.  This event continues to preserve the legacy of Appalachian folkways and is a tribute to the many families who lived on lands that would later become the national park.  The event hours are […]

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