• Approximately 1,500 black bears live in the national park.

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN


Join a ranger-guided program to learn about the park.

Explore the park with a ranger!

Ranger-led programs are offered spring through fall. Use the calendar below to find information about the park's ranger-guided programs, special events, volunteer opportunities, and more! The spring schedule of events is posted in mid-March; the summer schedule in early June; and the fall schedule in early September. Download a list of the Spring 2015 programs.

In addition to the programs listed below, daily milling demonstrations are offered spring through fall at the park's historic Mingus Mill and Cable Mill.

Other ways to explore the park

The park has several partner organizations that offer a wide variety of programs, including guided hikes, summer camps, family adventures, naturalist workshops, and programs on synchronous fireflies, butterflies, wildflowers, salamanders, elk, bears, tracking, the Cherokee, and so much more! See what adventures await you!


How to use the Search for Events feature

To search for events by dates, click on the small calendar icons to choose your start and end dates, then click on "Show Results" for a listing of programs. Or type in a keyword and click on "Show Results" to view programs by topic. Download a list of the Spring 2015 Ranger-led Programs.


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Events Upcoming for March

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  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Thursday, March 26, 2015

    Everyday from 03/15/2015 to 05/09/2015

    Do you have a few minutes? Get away from the hustle and bustle by taking an easy stroll to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

  • The Stories that Flowers Tell

    Thursday, March 26, 2015

    Every Thursday Weekly from 03/19/2015 to 05/07/2015

    If flowers could talk what stories would they tell? Take a walk to hear some interesting folklore about the flowers the Smokies are famous for, and get to know your favorites a little bit better. More

  • Precious Memories

    Thursday, March 26, 2015

    Every Tuesday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly from 03/17/2015 to 05/07/2015

    Discover the importance of this church in Cades Cove’s everyday life. More

  • Forks of the River

    Friday, March 27, 2015

    Every Friday Weekly from 03/20/2015 to 05/08/2015

    The site of the present Sugarlands Visitor Center and Park Headquarters was once known as “Forks of the River.” Take a walk with a ranger to learn about the once vibrant communities of Sugarlands, Fighting Creek, and Forks of the River. More

  • WILD Program

    Saturday, March 28, 2015

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly from 03/15/2015 to 05/09/2015

    A talk and hands-on demonstration about the wild things in the park. More

  • Junior Ranger Program in Cades Cove

    Saturday, March 28, 2015

    Every Saturday Weekly from 03/21/2015 to 05/09/2015

    Join a Park Ranger for a hands-on exploration of the Smokies. Participation counts towards credit for earning a Junior Ranger badge and certificate More

  • Longing for the "Good Ol' Days"

    Saturday, March 28, 2015

    Every Saturday Weekly from 03/21/2015 to 05/09/2015

    Take a walk with a ranger to learn what life was like on an Appalachian mountain farm. More

  • Junior Ranger: Flowers, Flowers Everywhere

    Saturday, March 28, 2015

    Every Saturday Weekly from 03/21/2015 to 05/09/2015

    Join a ranger to try out your wildflower identification skills, or maybe discover some skills you didn’t even know you had. A great program for families and beginning wildflower enthusiasts. More

  • Mammal Mania!

    Sunday, March 29, 2015

    Every Sunday Weekly from 03/15/2015 to 05/17/2015

    Oppossum... and elk.... and bears, oh my! Join a ranger for a hand's on discover of mammals in the park. More

  • So You Wanna Take a Hike?

    Sunday, March 29, 2015

    Every Sunday Weekly from 03/15/2015 to 05/03/2015

    How should you prepare for day hike or overnight trip in the Smokies? Learn the do’s and don’ts in this fact-filled program for all ages and experience levels. More

  • In the Heart of Greenbrier

    Tuesday, March 31, 2015

    Every Tuesday Weekly from 03/17/2015 to 05/05/2015

    Enjoy a beautiful walk through an emerald green forest to one of the Smokies’ hidden gems. See a wonderful waterfall, a babbling brook and learn to identify some lovely wildflowers along the way. More

  • Old Elkmont

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    Every Wednesday Weekly from 03/18/2015 to 05/06/2015

    Take an afternoon stroll with a ranger to find out what life was like in the early 20th century logging and resort town of Elkmont. More

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