Winter Road Status
During winter, roads in the park may close due to snow and ice, especially at night when water from melting refreezes on roads. For road status information please call (865) 436-1200 ext. 631 or follow road updates at http://twitter.com/SmokiesRoadsNPS. More »
Winter in the Smokies
Dispatches from the Field > Winter in the Smokies
Spring is just around the corner: daffodils are up and waving in the wind, and torrents of springtime rain are washing snow down the slopes. But did you know that people in the park have been busy all winter, working under the cover of snow to wrap up one year and begin the next? Year-round, NPS staff are busy researching, writing, treating, collecting, and managing.
Here's what's going on behind the scenes in Resource Management and Science from November to March:
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Did You Know?
More than 240 species of birds have been found in the park. Sixty species are year-round residents. Nearly 120 species breed in the park, including 52 species from the neo-tropics. Many other species use the park as an important stopover and foraging area during their semiannual migration. More...