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Park Hosts Multiple Volunteer Opportunities in Celebration of National Public Lands Day

Park Hosts Multiple Volunteer Opportunities in Celebration of National Public Lands Day

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host a variety of opportunities on Saturday, September 28 in celebration of the 26th annual National Public Lands Day.  On this day, National Park Service staff and volunteers will host information stations at popular sites throughout the national park. These stations will offer information about Leave No Trace principles […]

The Time for Fall Festivals is Here!

The Time for Fall Festivals is Here!

The Labor Day holiday has come and gone. Even though the thermometer says otherwise, autumn is just around the corner and the time to start planning to get out and enjoy the harvest is now. There are more than enough diverse opportunities to get out and enjoy the season that many call their favorite time […]

Park Reaches Biodiversity Milestone at 20,000 Species

Park Reaches Biodiversity Milestone at 20,000 Species

Great Smoky Mountains National Park has reached a biodiversity milestone with the discovery and documentation of 20,000 species of plants, animals, and other organisms. Scientists from across the world have assisted the park in a concerted effort to catalog all life in the park through an All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI).“Reaching this milestone is a […]

Fall Foliage Lovers

Fall Foliage Lovers

For fall foliage lovers it is that time of year when the gaze goes to the tree tops to see if there is any change of color. While a few leaves of yellow may be present sporadically, we have not reached the combination locally that will produce those wonderful shades of red and orange that […]

Above Average Temps Predicted For Next Few Days

Above Average Temps Predicted For Next Few Days

  The calendar may say that summer is winding down but the thermometer tells an entirely different story. While the average temperature for this time of the year is generally in the mid eighties and decreasing as the month progresses toward fall, next week may prove to be the anomaly. If the current weather forecast […]

Gatlinburg Offers Signature Fall Experiences and Entertainment to Usher in the Season

Gatlinburg Offers Signature Fall Experiences and Entertainment to Usher in the Season

As the temperatures turn cooler, Gatlinburg celebrates the changing of the seasons with decorative fall displays and the return of the life-size Scarecrows during Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival. The Gatlinburg festival kicks off with Taste of Autumn on September 12 and runs through Veterans Day, November 11. From the foodie to the family of four, Gatlinburg […]

Annual Mountain Life Festival Gives Glimpse in to the Past

Annual Mountain Life Festival Gives Glimpse in to the Past

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host the annual Mountain Life Festival near the Oconaluftee Visitor Center at the Mountain Farm Museum on Saturday, September 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience traditional fall harvest activities on the farm including hearth cooking, apple butter making, blacksmithing, lye soap […]

Park Hosts Music of the Mountains Event

Park Hosts Music of the Mountains Event

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting the annual “Music of the Mountains” event on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, TN. This free event, held from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., pays tribute to the traditional music and dance of the Smoky Mountains and southern Appalachia with lively old-time mountain […]

Park Hosts Star Gazing Event at Cades Cove

Park Hosts Star Gazing Event at Cades Cove

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting a stargazing program in Cades Cove on Saturday, September 7, 2019 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Park rangers invite the public to escape the city lights and observe the natural night sky for an evening of viewing stars with equipment and instruction provided by the Smoky Mountain Astronomical Society. Depending […]

TDOT Announces No Lane Closures for Labor Day Holiday

TDOT Announces No Lane Closures for Labor Day Holiday

The Tennessee Department of Transportation will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways for the Labor Day holiday travel period.  Construction crews will stop all lane closure activity beginning at noon on Friday, August 30 through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3.  This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists traveling during […]

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