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 »
Dispatches from the Field
Welcome to Great Smoky Mountains National Park Resource Management & Science!
Ever wonder what it's like to work in a national park? Catch a bear? Track fish? Find out with "Dispatches From the Field," a regular source of information from scientists, resource managers, and park partners.
Click on issues below to see science, research, and resource management projects firsthand, and to find information about volunteering and educational opportunities.
Quick Dispatches - projects & discoveries
Dispatches from the Field - in-depth profiles of Resource Management & Research
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Did You Know?
An experimental program to reintroduce elk to the park was begun in 2001. Elk once roamed the Smokies, but were eliminated from the region in the mid 1800s by over-hunting and loss of habitat. Other animals successfully reintroduced to the park include river otters and barn owls. More...