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.
Adopt-A-Trail and Campsite Volunteers Needed
Contact: Christine Hoyer, (828) 497-1949
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recruiting for volunteers to participate in two essential programs that help Park staff maintain the resources in the backcountry for a better visitor experience and to reduce potential human/animal conflicts. The Adopt-a-Trail (AAT) and Adopt-a-Campsite (AAC) programs are long-established activities in the national park and new recruits are always needed to cover the half-million acres within its boundaries. A training/orientation session has been scheduled for each of the programs to instruct on the specific duties associated with them.
AAT training will be held Saturdays, April 9 (TN) and June 11 (NC), and AAC training on Sundays, April 10 (TN) and June 12 (NC). All training is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and information regarding the training location will be provided once registered.
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...