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January 14, 2016
Celebrate the National Park Service Centennial and “Hike 100”
In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, Superintendent Cassius Cash has committed to hike 100 miles in Great Smoky Mountains National Park during 2016 and is challenging the public to do the same.

January 08, 2016
National Park Service Invites Proposals to Operate the Smokemont Riding Stable Concession
The National Park Service has issued a prospectus seeking proposals for the award of a concession contract to operate Smokemont Riding Stables within Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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.

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 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.

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.


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