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 »
Elkmont Campground Water
Due to water line construction in the Elkmont Campground, drinking water will not be available in campground sinks. Containers of drinking water will be provided to campers upon check-in. We expect full water service to be restored by March 19.
Cultural Resources & Archeology: April-May, 2009
Library of Congress archive photo.
Recording the past: photographing the former splendor of Elkmont
For a week, James, accompanied by cultural resources staff and by Americorps volunteers who are spending their spring in the Smokies, stepped into dozens of houses to capture their characters. Many houses had collapsing floors and roofs, but using several flashbulbs James was able to document as much of the original architecture as possible. Look for more about this documentation in a Cultural Resources feature in a future issue of “Dispatches.”
Recording the present: photographing culturally significant comfort stations
Return to Resource Roundup: April-May, 2009.
Did You Know?
About 100 native tree species make their home in Great Smoky Mountains National Park—more than in all of northern Europe. The park also contains one of the largest blocks of old-growth temperate deciduous forest in North America. More...