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June 23, 2015
Cosby Area Temporarily Closed Due to Storm Damage
On June 22 at approximately 4:00 p.m., flash flooding along Rock Creek spilled over the banks damaging road shoulders along 1,500 linear feet of the Cosby entrance road.

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.

May 19, 2015
Mt. Le Conte Backcountry Shelter and Cliff Tops Trails Closed Due Bear Activity
The Mount Le Conte Backcountry Shelter and trails to the Cliff Tops area are closed until further notice due to bear activity.

April 24, 2015
Park Announces Synchronous Firefly Viewing Event Dates
Park officials have announced the dates for the firefly viewing event in Elkmont will be Tuesday, June 2 through Tuesday, June 9.

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.

April 02, 2015
Volunteers Needed to Assist in Alum Cave Trail Rehabilitation
The park is recruiting volunteers to assist a Trails Forever trail crew on rehabilitation projects on the Alum Cave Trail every Wednesday from May 20th through October 28th.

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.

December 03, 2010
Contract Awarded to Continue Construction of Foothills Parkway
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have announced the award of a $33.8 million contract to continue construction on the “Missing Link” of the Foothills Parkway


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