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 »
Park Makes DUI Arrests During Special Operations
Contact: Public Affairs Office, (865) 436-1207
In conjunction with a two-year DUI prevention program, Great Smoky Mountains National Park recently conducted special law enforcement operations on the Park’s roadways during a 2-week period that resulted in seven DUI arrests and issuance of 36 citations and 66 warnings of various nature.
Part of a deterrent, educational strategy is developing public information and advancing the message, “Don’t Drink and Drive”. The Park developed several communication tools to take the message home that included, 1) An advance press release on the special law enforcement operations; 2) a news brief placed in the Park’s official newspaper, Smokies Guide with the tag line; When You Go on Vacation, Don’t Go Home on Probation; 3) posters displayed on Park bulletin boards at high use areas; 4) Sobriety Checkpoint alerts posted at checkpoint locations for passing motorists to view; and 5) during the sobriety checkpoints, the 195 motor vehicles that went through the established checkpoints were given an informational “Don’t Drink and Drive” card.
Did You Know?
The park’s high elevation heath balds are treeless expanses where dense thickets of shrubs such as mountain laurel, rhododendron, and sand myrtle grow. Known as “laurel slicks” and “hells” by early settlers, heath balds were most likely created by forest fires long ago. More...