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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.

May 07, 2015
Cocke County Historian to be Honored at Cosby in the Park
The annual Cosby in the Park festival will be held on Saturday, May 16, at the park’s Cosby campground.

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 31, 2015
Park Limits Access in Whiteoak Sink Area to Protect Declining Bat Populations
Park officials have reopened the Whiteoak Sink area with limited access effective April 1 through May 15 to limit human disturbance in critical bat habitat and help hikers avoid interactions with bats.

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.

December 08, 2014
Park Plans Alum Cave Trail Restoration
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that the next full-scale, Trails Forever restoration will begin on Alum Cave Trail in 2015. The Trails Forever crew will focus restoration efforts on several targeted locations along the 5-mile trail to improve visitor safety and stabilize eroding trail sections. The restoration work will require temporary trail closures throughout the 2-year process.

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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