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.

Check out our Not-So-Junior Ranger program, designed for rangers between the ages of 13 and 130!

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.


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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Back Porch Old Time Music

    Saturday, November 21, 2015

    Join us on for a traditional Appalachian music jam session. All levels of playing are welcome. More

    1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Festival of Christmas Past

    Saturday, December 12, 2015

    Join us to celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas in the mountains. More

    9:30 AM to 4:00 AM
    Sugarlands Visitor Center

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