November 23, 2015
Park Offers Black Friday Hiking Options
Great Smoky Mountains National Park invites visitors to join them for ranger-led hikes in the park on Friday, November 27. Hikes will be offered in Cataloochee, Elkmont, and Cades Cove and will provide an outstanding opportunity for people of all ages to #OptOutside and enjoy the park.
November 20, 2015
Prescribed Burn in Cataloochee to Begin Saturday
Weather permitting, burn operations will begin on Saturday, November 21. Crews should be able to complete the burn on Saturday, but smoke may be present in the area through Sunday.
October 23, 2015
Park Asks Visitors to View Bears Responsibly
Park wildlife biologists remind the public not to approach bears feeding on natural foods during this critical feeding period before winter hibernation. Bears depend on fall foods such as acorns and grapes to store fat reserves that enable them to survive winter. This year, these foods in the park are extremely rare leading bears to move long distances in search of food.
October 22, 2015
National Park Records Highest September Visitation in History
Visitation to the park is up 5.5 percent this year. The increase has led to record months for both May and September, with visitation surpassing 1 million people during each month.
October 19, 2015
Park Plans Prescribed Burns in Cades Cove
The park is planning a series of controlled burns within the Cades Cove area of the park. Weather permitting, burn operations could begin as early as Monday, October 26, and may continue intermittently through mid-November.
October 19, 2015
Park Plans Prescribed Burn in Cataloochee
The park is planning a 600-acre prescribed burn in the Canadian Top project area adjacent to Cataloochee Valley in North Carolina. Weather permitting, burn operations could begin as early as Monday, October 26, and may continue intermittently through early November.
September 11, 2015
Park Closes Whiteoak Sink Area to Protect Declining Bat Populations
Park officials announced the closure of the Whiteoak Sink area effective now through March 31, 2016 to limit human disturbance to bat hibernacula and help hikers avoid interactions with bats.
September 02, 2015
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Welcomes 4th Grade Students through Every Kid in a Park Initiative
The park invites all 4th grade students to visit the park as part of the White House’s new Every Kid in a Park program.
August 26, 2015
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Battles Graffiti
Park rangers remind visitors that graffiti not only detracts from the natural beauty of the park, but can also permanently damage irreplaceable resources.
June 07, 2015
Park Closes Several Trails and Backcountry Sites Due to Bear Incident
Park officials have closed several trails and backcountry campsites in the Hazel Creek section of the park due to a bear incident.
June 03, 2015
Chilogatee Stream Restoration Project in Park Complete
A restoration project of a 4,613-foot section of Chilogatee Branch and four of its tributaries totaling 744 feet within the park has been completed. The streams had been degraded by clearing of riparian forest, channel relocations, and unrestricted livestock access prior to the property's inclusion in the park.
April 23, 2015
Tourism to Great Smoky Mountains National Park creates $806 Million in Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service report shows that 10,099,276 visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2014 spent $806,719,900 in communities near the park. That spending supported 12,759 jobs in the local area.
March 27, 2015
Next Phase of Work on Newfound Gap Road Begins in April
Park officials announced that a project to repave 4.3 miles of Newfound Gap Road will begin on April 13. The section to be resurfaced extends from Sugarlands Visitor Center south to Chimney’s Picnic Area where the last phase ended.
March 06, 2015
All Streams in the Smokies Now Open to Fishing
Lynn Camp Prong is open to fishing effective March 6, 2015 following a seven-year brook trout restoration project. The reopening of the 8.5 mile-stream sections marks the first time, since the park’s establishment in 1934, that all streams in the park are open to fishing.
January 06, 2015
Park Changes Firewood Regulations to Protect Forests
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced regulation changes that will help protect park forests by limiting the type of firewood brought into the park. Beginning in March 2015, only heat-treated firewood that is bundled and displays a certification stamp by the USDA or a state department of agriculture will be allowed for use in park campgrounds.
November 13, 2014
Collections Preservation Center Groundbreaking
National Park Service (NPS) officials were joined by representatives from Senator Bob Corker’s office, Representative John Duncan’s office, Friends of the Smokies, Great Smoky Mountains Association, Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, and AMEC Environment & Infrastructure Inc. to break ground on the new NPS Collections Preservation Center.
September 25, 2014
Park Closes Area Near Caves to Protect Declining Bat Populations
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced the closure of the Whiteoak Sink area effective now through March 31 to limit human disturbance to bat hibernacula and help hikers avoid interactions with bats.
June 12, 2012
Historic Spence Cabin Open for Public Use
Spence Cabin in the Elkmont Historic District has been restored to its historic apperance and is available for day-use rental.