Great Smoky Mountains National Park strives to keep the public informed about news events which occur within the park by providing press releases to local and regional news providers, and by posting current news releases on this web site.
If you are a member of the media, please contact our Public Affairs Office for additional information.
Up-to-date information about temporary road and facility closures due to weather is available by calling (865) 436-1200.
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...