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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..

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.
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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!

 

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cades Cove Evening Hayride

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    Join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of life in the cove. More

    Time:
    5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Riding Stables
    Fees:
    $14.00 per person
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Family Adventure – Schoolhouse Hike

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    Learn family hiking basics as we hike along a mountain stream to a one-room schoolhouse where we will learn what it was like to be a student “back then.” More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area Pavilion
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Pack Your Day Pack

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    Scenic vistas, waterfalls, homesites…let’s hit the trail! But, wait… what should you take with you? Join a ranger and learn the knack of what to pack before you make tracks! More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers (Metcalf Bottoms)

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    Roll up your pants and wade through a mountain stream to look for mayflies, stoneflies, dragonflies, and other aquatic critters. Be prepared to get wet. Closed-toe shoes recommended. More

    Time:
    10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area Pavilion
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Ranger’s Choice (Cades Cove)

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area, halfway around the Cades Cove Loop Road
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    WILD by Design

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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

    Time:
    2:30 PM to 3:00 AM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area halfway around the Loop Road
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Mingus Mill Demonstration

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    Chat with a miller and feel the rumble of this historic gristmill in action. More

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:00 PM,12:30 PM to 1:00 PM
    Location:
    Mingus Mill, located a half-mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on US 441 (Newfound Gap Road)
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Old Elkmont Town by Lantern Light

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    Join a park volunteer to hear the stories of Elkmont’s heyday, whilst walking amongst the remnants of the old resort community at twilight. More

    Time:
    8:15 PM to 9:15 PM
    Location:
    Elkmont Campground – Meet at Little River Trailhead
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cataract Falls Walk

    Wednesday, July 29, 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

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    A Wondrous Diversity of Life

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    Come learn more about reintroduced species, non-native insects, slimy salamanders or the secret lives of bears. Topics vary, but you’re sure to be amazed by the Smokies biodiversity. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Early Bird Hike: Laurel Falls & Old-Growth Forest

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    Enjoy one of the Smokies most popular hikes well before the crowds arrive, and beat the heat of summer, too. Hike to Laurel Falls and beyond to some of the Smokies most accessible, remaining old-growth forest. More

    Time:
    8:00 AM to 10:30 AM
    Location:
    Laurel Falls Trailhead
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Feeding Time

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    Join park staff as they close up the Mountain Farm Museum for the evening. You’ll even be able to help feed the pigs and chickens! More

    Time:
    6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
    Location:
    Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Old-Time Toy Demonstration

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    See how wooden toys were used back in Cades Cove's earlier days. More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Meet at the Blacksmith building near the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Neighbors or Nuisances?

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    Join park staff on the porch to learn about three small animals found right here around the Mountain Farm Museum. As cute as they may be, you decide whether they are friend or foe! More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 11:45 AM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Welcome Home!

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    After more than a century of absence, the elk have returned. Relax, have a seat on the visitor center porch and hear the story of the return of the largest mammal to the Great Smoky Mountains. More

    Time:
    3:00 PM to 3:45 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Black Bears in the Smokies

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    There’s danger everywhere, especially if you’re an American ursis. Learn how we are the greatest danger to the American black bear. More

    Time:
    5:00 PM to 5:45 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Highland Homeland

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

    Sit a spell on the front porch of the Ogle cabin and learn about the families who once lived here. Demonstrations and activities will vary throughout the season. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Noah “Bud” Ogle Cabin on Cherokee Orchard Road
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Creepy Critters

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

    Join a ranger on this adventure into the dark and mysterious world of bugs and macro-invertebrates. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area Pavilion
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Mammal Mania!

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

    Otters and rabbits and bears, Oh my! Join a ranger for a hand's on discover of mammals in the park. More

    Time:
    4:00 PM to 4:45 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center South Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Hike to Chasteen Creek Waterfall

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

    Pack a snack and water and join a ranger on a moderate 3-mile round-trip hike along Bradley Fork to Chasteen Creek Falls. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    Location:
    Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop Smokemont Campground
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Retiring the Colors

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

    Do you know how to fold the American flag? Why does our flag have 13 stripes? When do you salute the flag? Discover the answers to these questions while assisting staff in “retiring the colors” in front of the Sugarlands Visitor Center. More

    Time:
    6:45 PM to 7:15 PM
    Location:
    Meet at the flag pole in front of Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Evening Program: Creating Memories

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

    A variety of animal life can be detected using our sense of hearing. Listen to some of the calls of wildlife and test your listening skills. More

    Time:
    9:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Amphitheater
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Mingus Mill Demonstration

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

    Chat with a miller and feel the rumble of this historic gristmill in action. More

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:00 PM,12:30 PM to 1:00 PM
    Location:
    Mingus Mill, located a half-mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on US 441 (Newfound Gap Road)
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cataract Falls Walk

    Thursday, July 30, 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

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    On Top of Old Smoky

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

    Join a Ranger on a hike to the highest peak in the park to take in 360° views and learn about the unique Canadian Zone environment. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Clingmans Dome Visitor Cente
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Feeding Time

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

    Join park staff as they close up the Mountain Farm Museum for the evening. You’ll even be able to help feed the pigs and chickens! More

    Time:
    6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
    Location:
    Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Family Adventure – Advent Cabin

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

    Not sure how to explore the Smokies with the whole family? Learn hiking basics as we hike up to a historic cabin from pre-park days. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Elkmont: Jakes Creek Trailhead
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Animal Defenses

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

    Skunks aren’t the only animals that defend themselves in the woods. Join a Ranger for a look at how animals big and small fend off those larger than themselves. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Appalachian Life – Guided Walk

    Thursday, July 30, 2015

    Why did people settle this land? What made this area attractive to call home? Join a ranger for a walk at the Mountain Farm Museum to discover what life was like “in the old days.” More

    Time:
    12:00 PM to 12:45 PM
    Location:
    Mountain Farm Museum at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cades Cove Night Hike

    Friday, July 31, 2015

    Listen to the spirits of Cades Cove while enjoying a night-time walk in the cove. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. More

    Time:
    9:00 PM to 11:00 PM
    Location:
    Orientation Shelter at the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop Road
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Batteries Not Included

    Friday, July 31, 2015

    What kinds of toys did kids play with in the “old days?” Join a ranger to discover (or remember!) how kids were entertained before video games and iPods. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 10:30 AM,10:30 AM to 11:00 AM,11:30 AM to 12:00 PM,11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Mountain Farm Museum, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Blacksmithing (Oconaluftee)

    Friday, July 31, 2015

    Learn about the blacksmith. Create your own item to take home. Limited to ages 10-12. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 10:30 AM,10:30 AM to 11:00 AM,11:00 AM to 11:30 AM,11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Blacksmith Shop at the Mountain Farm Museum, adjacent to Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Evening Campfire Program at Elkmont

    Friday, July 31, 2015

    Join a ranger for a National Park tradition—the evening campfire program. Topics vary, but you’re guaranteed to learn something new about the Great Smoky Mountains. More

    Time:
    8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Elkmont Amphitheater
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Ranger’s Choice (Cades Cove)

    Friday, July 31, 2015

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

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area, halfway around the Cades Cove Loop Road
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Early Bird Hayride

    Friday, July 31, 2015

    Enjoy a ranger-led open air hayride viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of Cades Cove. More

    Time:
    8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Riding Stables
    Fees:
    $14.00/person
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Mingus Mill Demonstration

    Friday, July 31, 2015

    Chat with a miller and feel the rumble of this historic gristmill in action. More

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:00 PM,12:30 PM to 1:00 PM
    Location:
    Mingus Mill, located a half-mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on US 441 (Newfound Gap Road)
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cataract Falls Walk

    Friday, July 31, 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

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    A Wondrous Diversity of Life

    Friday, July 31, 2015

    Come learn more about reintroduced species, non-native insects, slimy salamanders or the secret lives of bears. Topics vary, but you’re sure to be amazed by the Smokies biodiversity. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Feeding Time

    Friday, July 31, 2015

    Join park staff as they close up the Mountain Farm Museum for the evening. You’ll even be able to help feed the pigs and chickens! More

    Time:
    6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
    Location:
    Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Clingmans Dome Sunset Hike

    Friday, July 31, 2015

    Walk with a Ranger up the Clingmans Dome Trail as the light fades from the sky. Enjoy the sun setting from the highest peak in the park. Group Limit is 50. Sign-up at Sugarlands Visitor Center. More

    Time:
    7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Clingmans Dome Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Leave No Trace

    Friday, July 31, 2015

    When you explore the wilderness, can anyone tell you've been there? How can you minimize the impact you leave behind? Join a ranger to find out! More

    Time:
    12:30 PM to 1:15 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    What is Land Worth?

    Friday, July 31, 2015

    Join a ranger for a walk at the Mountain Farm Museum to explore the history of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. More

    Time:
    2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
    Location:
    Mountain Farm Museum at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Bear-mania!

    Saturday, August 1, 2015

    So you think you know a lot about bears, huh? Well join a ranger to test your knowledge and learn more about this “symbol of the Smokies.” More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers (Oconaluftee)

    Saturday, August 1, 2015

    Roll up your pants and wade through a mountain stream to look for salamanders, damselflies, and other critters. Be prepared to get wet. More

    Time:
    3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee River adjacent to the Mountain Farm Museum
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Back Porch Old Time Music

    Saturday, August 1, 2015

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

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

    Smokemont Night Hike

    Saturday, August 1, 2015

    Move beyond the comfortable glow of the campfire and explore the Smokies nightlife. Limited to 25 participants. Reservations required. More

    Time:
    8:45 PM to 9:45 PM
    Location:
    Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop Smokemont
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Animal Olympics

    Saturday, August 1, 2015

    This interactive fun activity compares your abilities to those of animals in the park. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 1:45 AM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area halfway around the Cades Cove Loop Road
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Longing for the "Good Ol' Days"

    Saturday, August 1, 2015

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

    Time:
    10:30 AM to 11:15 AM
    Location:
    Mountain Farm Museum at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Eeek! Bats!

    Saturday, August 1, 2015

    Do they really suck blood? Do they really get caught in your hair? Are they friend or foe? Let the Ranger tell you the truth about these amazing creatures and the enemy among them. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    Location:
    Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    WILD by Design

    Saturday, August 1, 2015

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

    Time:
    2:30 PM to 3:00 AM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area halfway around the Loop Road
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Mingus Mill Demonstration

    Saturday, August 1, 2015

    Chat with a miller and feel the rumble of this historic gristmill in action. More

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:00 PM,12:30 PM to 1:00 PM
    Location:
    Mingus Mill, located a half-mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on US 441 (Newfound Gap Road)
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cataract Falls Walk

    Saturday, August 1, 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

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    On Top of Old Smoky

    Saturday, August 1, 2015

    Join a Ranger on a hike to the highest peak in the park to take in 360° views and learn about the unique Canadian Zone environment. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Clingmans Dome Visitor Cente
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Find Your Park (Oconaluftee Visitor Center)

    Saturday, August 1, 2015

    Join a Ranger for a look into National Parks across the country and find out which one might be yours! More

    Time:
    5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    Location:
    Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Down on the Farm

    Saturday, August 1, 2015

    Walk down to the farm and see what activities may have kept families busy in the past, such as hearth cooking, woodworking, or gardening. Demonstration activities vary. Stop by at any time during the program. More

    Time:
    12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    Location:
    Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    See the Stars in the Smokies

    Saturday, August 1, 2015

    Come learn the stories of some of the most popular constellations and enjoy the dark sky that only National Parks can provide. Use a telescope to get upclose and personal with the stars. Maximum of 40 participants. Sign-up at Sugarlands Visitor Center. More

    Time:
    8:30 PM to 10:00 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk

    Sunday, August 2, 2015

    Cataloochee is a great place for viewing elk. Learn about the history of the elk through “show and tell” activities. Then stay and watch the elk come into in the fields! More

    Time:
    5:30 PM to 6:15 PM
    Location:
    Palmer House, Cataloochee Valley
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Evening Campfire Program at Elkmont

    Sunday, August 2, 2015

    Join a ranger for a National Park tradition—the evening campfire program. Topics vary, but you’re guaranteed to learn something new about the Great Smoky Mountains. More

    Time:
    8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Elkmont Amphitheater
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Night Hike

    Sunday, August 2, 2015

    Take a walk in the dark with a ranger and learn about some of the mysteries and wonders found only after the sun goes down. Limited to 25 participants. Call (828) 497-1904 up to four days in advance to make reservations. More

    Time:
    8:45 PM to 9:45 PM
    Location:
    Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop Smokemont Campground
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Down on the Farm

    Sunday, August 2, 2015

    Walk down to the farm and see what activities may have kept families busy in the past, such as hearth cooking, woodworking, or gardening. Activities vary. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Mountain Farm Museum, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Geology Rocks!

    Sunday, August 2, 2015

    Amaze your friends with newfound knowledge about how these mountains were born and how they have changed over time. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 AM
    Location:
    Newfound Gap Overlook
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Blue & Gray

    Sunday, August 2, 2015

    Join a park ranger as we find out how the Civil War affected small communities such as Cades Cove. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Old Time Mountain Religion

    Sunday, August 2, 2015

    Join a ranger and discover how old-time mountain religion met spiritual, social, and community needs. More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 11:45 AM
    Location:
    Smokemont Baptist Church (near Smokemont Campground entrance)
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    WILD by Design

    Sunday, August 2, 2015

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

    Time:
    2:30 PM to 3:00 AM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area halfway around the Loop Road
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Mingus Mill Demonstration

    Sunday, August 2, 2015

    Chat with a miller and feel the rumble of this historic gristmill in action. More

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:00 PM,12:30 PM to 1:00 PM
    Location:
    Mingus Mill, located a half-mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on US 441 (Newfound Gap Road)
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cataract Falls Walk

    Sunday, August 2, 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

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    A Wondrous Diversity of Life

    Sunday, August 2, 2015

    Come learn more about reintroduced species, non-native insects, slimy salamanders or the secret lives of bears. Topics vary, but you’re sure to be amazed by the Smokies biodiversity. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Endangered Species

    Sunday, August 2, 2015

    How can you help ensure Great Smoky Mountains doesn’t lose any plants or animals? Join a ranger to learn how to protect all the park has to offer! More

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:15 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    From Snout to Tail…Everything But the Squeal!

    Sunday, August 2, 2015

    Join a Ranger on the farm to learn about the mountain farmer’s “best friend.” More

    Time:
    5:00 PM to 5:45 PM
    Location:
    Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
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    Cades Cove Night Hike

    Monday, August 3, 2015

    Listen to the spirits of Cades Cove while enjoying a night-time walk in the cove. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. More

    Time:
    9:00 PM to 11:00 PM
    Location:
    Orientation Shelter at the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop Road
    Fees:
    Free
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    Junior Ranger: Eager Weaver

    Monday, August 3, 2015

    Join a ranger and learn the art of weaving using a loom. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area half way around the Cades Cove Loop Road
    Fees:
    Free
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    Early Bird Hayride

    Monday, August 3, 2015

    Enjoy a ranger-led open air hayride viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of Cades Cove. More

    Time:
    8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Riding Stables
    Fees:
    $14.00/person
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    Junior Ranger: Being a Kid in the Mountains

    Monday, August 3, 2015

    What was it like to grow up in these mountains before any of the modern conveniences we enjoy today? Join a Ranger to experience how life used to be in these mountains, including how kids explored and what they liked to do for fun. More

    Time:
    10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
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    Mingus Mill Demonstration

    Monday, August 3, 2015

    Chat with a miller and feel the rumble of this historic gristmill in action. More

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:00 PM,12:30 PM to 1:00 PM
    Location:
    Mingus Mill, located a half-mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on US 441 (Newfound Gap Road)
    Fees:
    Free
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    Cataract Falls Walk

    Monday, August 3, 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

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    A Wondrous Diversity of Life

    Monday, August 3, 2015

    Come learn more about reintroduced species, non-native insects, slimy salamanders or the secret lives of bears. Topics vary, but you’re sure to be amazed by the Smokies biodiversity. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
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    Islands in the Sky

    Monday, August 3, 2015

    The high elevation forest of the Smokies is one of the most interesting and endangered ecosystems in the Eastern U.S. Come to learn more about makes this beautiful area unique. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    Location:
    Viewing Area below Clingmans Dome Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Feeding Time

    Monday, August 3, 2015

    Join park staff as they close up the Mountain Farm Museum for the evening. You’ll even be able to help feed the pigs and chickens! More

    Time:
    6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
    Location:
    Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
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    Junior Ranger: Creepy Critters

    Monday, August 3, 2015

    Join a Ranger on this adventure into the dark and mysterious world of bugs and macro-invertebrates. Get up close and personal with the use of equipment such as “sucky-uppy-things”, leaf litter boxes and magnifying glasses. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    Location:
    Elkmont Amphitheater
    Fees:
    Free
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    Kephart Prong Trail Hike

    Monday, August 3, 2015

    Join a Ranger and explore the remains of an old logging camp, which later became a Civilian Conservation Corp camp. Discover what signs are still visible and what life was like. More

    Time:
    9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Kephart Prong Trailhead on Newfound Gap Road
    Fees:
    Free
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    Junior Ranger: Welcome Home!

    Monday, August 3, 2015

    After more than a century of absence, the elk have returned. Hear the story of the return of the largest mammal to the Great Smoky Mountains. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    You’re Not Wanted Here

    Monday, August 3, 2015

    Join a Ranger on the visitor center porch to discover things you may not know about two unwanted visitors to the park. More

    Time:
    4:00 PM to 4:45 PM
    Location:
    Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
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    Junior Ranger: Blacksmithing

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

    Join a ranger in the blacksmith shop to learn about the blacksmith. For children ages 8-12. More

    Time:
    10:30 AM to 11:15 AM,11:30 AM to 12:15 PM,1:00 PM to 1:45 PM,2:00 PM to 2:45 PM,3:00 PM to 3:45 PM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Visitor Center/Blacksmith Shop, halfway around the Cades Cove Loop Road
    Fees:
    Free
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    Cades Cove Evening Hayride

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

    Join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of life in the cove. More

    Time:
    5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Riding Stables
    Fees:
    $14.00 per person
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    Junior Ranger: Animal Olympics

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

    This interactive and fun activity compares your abilities to the animals of the park. More

    Time:
    10:30 AM to 11:15 AM,1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area halfway around the Cades Cove Loop Road
    Fees:
    Free
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    Junior Ranger: School Days at Little Greenbrier

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

    Go back in time to discover what it was like to live in a mountain community and go to school in a one-room schoolhouse. More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 12:00 PM,2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area
    Fees:
    Free
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    Junior Ranger: Blue and Gray

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

    As a “recruit” you will learn about the life of a Civil War soldier. Join a park ranger to see how the Civil War affected communities such as Cades Cove. More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 12:00 PM,2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area halfway around the Cades Cove Loop Road
    Fees:
    Free
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    Junior Ranger: Yukky Animal Stuff

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

    Want to know some gross stuff about animals? Check out some skulls, smells, and scat. Learn some disgusting facts. Join a ranger for this fun and entertaining program. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
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    Andrews Bald Hike for Families

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

    Join a ranger for a day-hike to Andrews Bald. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    Location:
    Forney Ridge Trailhead at Clingmans Dome parking area
    Fees:
    Free
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    Mingus Mill Demonstration

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

    Chat with a miller and feel the rumble of this historic gristmill in action. More

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:00 PM,12:30 PM to 1:00 PM
    Location:
    Mingus Mill, located a half-mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on US 441 (Newfound Gap Road)
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cataract Falls Walk

    Tuesday, August 4, 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

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Islands in the Sky

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

    The high elevation forest of the Smokies is one of the most interesting and endangered ecosystems in the Eastern U.S. Come to learn more about makes this beautiful area unique. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    Location:
    Viewing Area below Clingmans Dome Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Feeding Time

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

    Join park staff as they close up the Mountain Farm Museum for the evening. You’ll even be able to help feed the pigs and chickens! More

    Time:
    6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
    Location:
    Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
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    Salamanders!

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

    Join a Ranger to explore the world of salamanders. Participants learn why the Smokies are the Salamander Capital of the World as we search for and collect monitoring data on these sometimes elusive critters. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Mingus Mill Parking Area
    Fees:
    Free
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    Junior Ranger: Find Your Park (Sugarlands Visitor Center)

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

    Join a Ranger for a look into National Parks across the country and find out which one might be yours! More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Find Your Park

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

    Join a Ranger for a look into National Parks across the country and find out which one might be yours! More

    Time:
    3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
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    Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

    Roll up your pants and wade through a mountain stream to look for mayflies, stoneflies, dragonflies, and other aquatic critters. Be prepared to get wet. Closed toed shoes recommended. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee River adjacent to the Mountain Farm Museum
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cades Cove Evening Hayride

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015

    Join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of life in the cove. More

    Time:
    5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Riding Stables
    Fees:
    $14.00 per person
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    Junior Ranger: Family Adventure – Schoolhouse Hike

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015

    Learn family hiking basics as we hike along a mountain stream to a one-room schoolhouse where we will learn what it was like to be a student “back then.” More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area Pavilion
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Pack Your Day Pack

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015

    Scenic vistas, waterfalls, homesites…let’s hit the trail! But, wait… what should you take with you? Join a ranger and learn the knack of what to pack before you make tracks! More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers (Metcalf Bottoms)

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015

    Roll up your pants and wade through a mountain stream to look for mayflies, stoneflies, dragonflies, and other aquatic critters. Be prepared to get wet. Closed-toe shoes recommended. More

    Time:
    10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area Pavilion
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Ranger’s Choice (Cades Cove)

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015

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

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area, halfway around the Cades Cove Loop Road
    Fees:
    Free
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    WILD by Design

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015

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

    Time:
    2:30 PM to 3:00 AM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area halfway around the Loop Road
    Fees:
    Free
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    Mingus Mill Demonstration

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015

    Chat with a miller and feel the rumble of this historic gristmill in action. More

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:00 PM,12:30 PM to 1:00 PM
    Location:
    Mingus Mill, located a half-mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on US 441 (Newfound Gap Road)
    Fees:
    Free
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    Old Elkmont Town by Lantern Light

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015

    Join a park volunteer to hear the stories of Elkmont’s heyday, whilst walking amongst the remnants of the old resort community at twilight. More

    Time:
    8:15 PM to 9:15 PM
    Location:
    Elkmont Campground – Meet at Little River Trailhead
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cataract Falls Walk

    Wednesday, August 5, 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

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    A Wondrous Diversity of Life

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015

    Come learn more about reintroduced species, non-native insects, slimy salamanders or the secret lives of bears. Topics vary, but you’re sure to be amazed by the Smokies biodiversity. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
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    Early Bird Hike: Laurel Falls & Old-Growth Forest

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015

    Enjoy one of the Smokies most popular hikes well before the crowds arrive, and beat the heat of summer, too. Hike to Laurel Falls and beyond to some of the Smokies most accessible, remaining old-growth forest. More

    Time:
    8:00 AM to 10:30 AM
    Location:
    Laurel Falls Trailhead
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Feeding Time

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015

    Join park staff as they close up the Mountain Farm Museum for the evening. You’ll even be able to help feed the pigs and chickens! More

    Time:
    6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
    Location:
    Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
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    Old-Time Toy Demonstration

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015

    See how wooden toys were used back in Cades Cove's earlier days. More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Meet at the Blacksmith building near the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area
    Fees:
    Free
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    Junior Ranger: Neighbors or Nuisances?

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015

    Join park staff on the porch to learn about three small animals found right here around the Mountain Farm Museum. As cute as they may be, you decide whether they are friend or foe! More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 11:45 AM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Welcome Home!

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015

    After more than a century of absence, the elk have returned. Relax, have a seat on the visitor center porch and hear the story of the return of the largest mammal to the Great Smoky Mountains. More

    Time:
    3:00 PM to 3:45 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
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    Black Bears in the Smokies

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015

    There’s danger everywhere, especially if you’re an American ursis. Learn how we are the greatest danger to the American black bear. More

    Time:
    5:00 PM to 5:45 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Highland Homeland

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

    Sit a spell on the front porch of the Ogle cabin and learn about the families who once lived here. Demonstrations and activities will vary throughout the season. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Noah “Bud” Ogle Cabin on Cherokee Orchard Road
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Creepy Critters

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

    Join a ranger on this adventure into the dark and mysterious world of bugs and macro-invertebrates. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area Pavilion
    Fees:
    Free
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    Junior Ranger: Mammal Mania!

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

    Otters and rabbits and bears, Oh my! Join a ranger for a hand's on discover of mammals in the park. More

    Time:
    4:00 PM to 4:45 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center South Porch
    Fees:
    Free
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    Junior Ranger: Hike to Chasteen Creek Waterfall

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

    Pack a snack and water and join a ranger on a moderate 3-mile round-trip hike along Bradley Fork to Chasteen Creek Falls. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    Location:
    Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop Smokemont Campground
    Fees:
    Free
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    Junior Ranger: Retiring the Colors

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

    Do you know how to fold the American flag? Why does our flag have 13 stripes? When do you salute the flag? Discover the answers to these questions while assisting staff in “retiring the colors” in front of the Sugarlands Visitor Center. More

    Time:
    6:45 PM to 7:15 PM
    Location:
    Meet at the flag pole in front of Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Evening Program: Creating Memories

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

    A variety of animal life can be detected using our sense of hearing. Listen to some of the calls of wildlife and test your listening skills. More

    Time:
    9:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Amphitheater
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Mingus Mill Demonstration

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

    Chat with a miller and feel the rumble of this historic gristmill in action. More

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:00 PM,12:30 PM to 1:00 PM
    Location:
    Mingus Mill, located a half-mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on US 441 (Newfound Gap Road)
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cataract Falls Walk

    Thursday, August 6, 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

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
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    On Top of Old Smoky

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

    Join a Ranger on a hike to the highest peak in the park to take in 360° views and learn about the unique Canadian Zone environment. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Clingmans Dome Visitor Cente
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Feeding Time

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

    Join park staff as they close up the Mountain Farm Museum for the evening. You’ll even be able to help feed the pigs and chickens! More

    Time:
    6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
    Location:
    Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Family Adventure – Advent Cabin

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

    Not sure how to explore the Smokies with the whole family? Learn hiking basics as we hike up to a historic cabin from pre-park days. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Elkmont: Jakes Creek Trailhead
    Fees:
    Free
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    Junior Ranger: Animal Defenses

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

    Skunks aren’t the only animals that defend themselves in the woods. Join a Ranger for a look at how animals big and small fend off those larger than themselves. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Appalachian Life – Guided Walk

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

    Why did people settle this land? What made this area attractive to call home? Join a ranger for a walk at the Mountain Farm Museum to discover what life was like “in the old days.” More

    Time:
    12:00 PM to 12:45 PM
    Location:
    Mountain Farm Museum at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cades Cove Night Hike

    Friday, August 7, 2015

    Listen to the spirits of Cades Cove while enjoying a night-time walk in the cove. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. More

    Time:
    9:00 PM to 11:00 PM
    Location:
    Orientation Shelter at the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop Road
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Batteries Not Included

    Friday, August 7, 2015

    What kinds of toys did kids play with in the “old days?” Join a ranger to discover (or remember!) how kids were entertained before video games and iPods. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 10:30 AM,10:30 AM to 11:00 AM,11:30 AM to 12:00 PM,11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Mountain Farm Museum, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
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    Junior Ranger: Blacksmithing (Oconaluftee)

    Friday, August 7, 2015

    Learn about the blacksmith. Create your own item to take home. Limited to ages 10-12. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 10:30 AM,10:30 AM to 11:00 AM,11:00 AM to 11:30 AM,11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Blacksmith Shop at the Mountain Farm Museum, adjacent to Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
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    Evening Campfire Program at Elkmont

    Friday, August 7, 2015

    Join a ranger for a National Park tradition—the evening campfire program. Topics vary, but you’re guaranteed to learn something new about the Great Smoky Mountains. More

    Time:
    8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Elkmont Amphitheater
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Ranger’s Choice (Cades Cove)

    Friday, August 7, 2015

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

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area, halfway around the Cades Cove Loop Road
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Early Bird Hayride

    Friday, August 7, 2015

    Enjoy a ranger-led open air hayride viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of Cades Cove. More

    Time:
    8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Riding Stables
    Fees:
    $14.00/person
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Mingus Mill Demonstration

    Friday, August 7, 2015

    Chat with a miller and feel the rumble of this historic gristmill in action. More

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:00 PM,12:30 PM to 1:00 PM
    Location:
    Mingus Mill, located a half-mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on US 441 (Newfound Gap Road)
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cataract Falls Walk

    Friday, August 7, 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

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    A Wondrous Diversity of Life

    Friday, August 7, 2015

    Come learn more about reintroduced species, non-native insects, slimy salamanders or the secret lives of bears. Topics vary, but you’re sure to be amazed by the Smokies biodiversity. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Feeding Time

    Friday, August 7, 2015

    Join park staff as they close up the Mountain Farm Museum for the evening. You’ll even be able to help feed the pigs and chickens! More

    Time:
    6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
    Location:
    Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Clingmans Dome Sunset Hike

    Friday, August 7, 2015

    Walk with a Ranger up the Clingmans Dome Trail as the light fades from the sky. Enjoy the sun setting from the highest peak in the park. Group Limit is 50. Sign-up at Sugarlands Visitor Center. More

    Time:
    7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Clingmans Dome Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Leave No Trace

    Friday, August 7, 2015

    When you explore the wilderness, can anyone tell you've been there? How can you minimize the impact you leave behind? Join a ranger to find out! More

    Time:
    12:30 PM to 1:15 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    What is Land Worth?

    Friday, August 7, 2015

    Join a ranger for a walk at the Mountain Farm Museum to explore the history of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. More

    Time:
    2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
    Location:
    Mountain Farm Museum at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Bear-mania!

    Saturday, August 8, 2015

    So you think you know a lot about bears, huh? Well join a ranger to test your knowledge and learn more about this “symbol of the Smokies.” More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
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    Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers (Oconaluftee)

    Saturday, August 8, 2015

    Roll up your pants and wade through a mountain stream to look for salamanders, damselflies, and other critters. Be prepared to get wet. More

    Time:
    3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee River adjacent to the Mountain Farm Museum
    Fees:
    Free
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    Blacksmith Demonstration

    Saturday, August 8, 2015

    Learn the art of blacksmithing and why it was important in the Cades Cove community. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Blacksmith building near the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area
    Fees:
    Free
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    Smokemont Night Hike

    Saturday, August 8, 2015

    Move beyond the comfortable glow of the campfire and explore the Smokies nightlife. Limited to 25 participants. Reservations required. More

    Time:
    8:45 PM to 9:45 PM
    Location:
    Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop Smokemont
    Fees:
    Free
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    Junior Ranger: Animal Olympics

    Saturday, August 8, 2015

    This interactive fun activity compares your abilities to those of animals in the park. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 1:45 AM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area halfway around the Cades Cove Loop Road
    Fees:
    Free
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    Longing for the "Good Ol' Days"

    Saturday, August 8, 2015

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

    Time:
    10:30 AM to 11:15 AM
    Location:
    Mountain Farm Museum at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
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    Eeek! Bats!

    Saturday, August 8, 2015

    Do they really suck blood? Do they really get caught in your hair? Are they friend or foe? Let the Ranger tell you the truth about these amazing creatures and the enemy among them. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    Location:
    Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
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    WILD by Design

    Saturday, August 8, 2015

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

    Time:
    2:30 PM to 3:00 AM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area halfway around the Loop Road
    Fees:
    Free
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    Mingus Mill Demonstration

    Saturday, August 8, 2015

    Chat with a miller and feel the rumble of this historic gristmill in action. More

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:00 PM,12:30 PM to 1:00 PM
    Location:
    Mingus Mill, located a half-mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on US 441 (Newfound Gap Road)
    Fees:
    Free
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    Cataract Falls Walk

    Saturday, August 8, 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

    Time:
    11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
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    On Top of Old Smoky

    Saturday, August 8, 2015

    Join a Ranger on a hike to the highest peak in the park to take in 360° views and learn about the unique Canadian Zone environment. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Clingmans Dome Visitor Cente
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Find Your Park (Oconaluftee Visitor Center)

    Saturday, August 8, 2015

    Join a Ranger for a look into National Parks across the country and find out which one might be yours! More

    Time:
    5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    Location:
    Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Down on the Farm

    Saturday, August 8, 2015

    Walk down to the farm and see what activities may have kept families busy in the past, such as hearth cooking, woodworking, or gardening. Demonstration activities vary. Stop by at any time during the program. More

    Time:
    12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    Location:
    Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    See the Stars in the Smokies

    Saturday, August 8, 2015

    Come learn the stories of some of the most popular constellations and enjoy the dark sky that only National Parks can provide. Use a telescope to get upclose and personal with the stars. Maximum of 40 participants. Sign-up at Sugarlands Visitor Center. More

    Time:
    8:30 PM to 10:00 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Blacksmith Demonstration

    Sunday, August 9, 2015

    Learn the art of blacksmithing and why it was important in the Cades Cove community. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Blacksmith building near the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk

    Sunday, August 9, 2015

    Learn about the park's elk and discover the best places in the park to see and hear them. More

    Time:
    5:30 PM to 6:15 AM
    Location:
    Palmer House, Cataloochee Valley
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    A Wondrous Diversity of Life

    Sunday, August 9, 2015

    Come learn more about reintroduced species, non-native insects, slimy salamanders or the secret lives of bears. Topics vary, but you’re sure to be amazed by the Smokies biodiversity. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cherokee Culture

    Sunday, August 9, 2015

    Join Cherokee Friends to learn about Cherokee culture and history through demonstrations and storytelling. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch Area
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Eeek! Bats!

    Monday, August 10, 2015

    Do they really suck blood? Do they really get caught in your hair? Are they friend or foe? Let the Ranger tell you the truth about these amazing creatures and the enemy among them. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Family Hike Series: Hike to the Chimney Tops

    Tuesday, August 11, 2015

    Get your heart pumping on this very, very steep hike. If the climb doesn't take your breath away the view from Chimney Tops surely will! More

    Time:
    9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    Location:
    Sign up at Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Black Bears in the Smokies

    Tuesday, August 11, 2015

    There’s danger everywhere, high and low but always close especially if you’re an American ursis. Learn how we are the greatest danger to the American black bear. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Welcome Home!

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

    After more of than a century of absence, the elk have returned. Relax, have a seat on the visitor center porch and hear the story of the return of the largest mammal to the Great Smoky Mountains. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cherokee Culture

    Thursday, August 13, 2015

    Join Cherokee Friends to learn about Cherokee culture and history through demonstrations and storytelling. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch Area
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Feeding time!

    Friday, August 14, 2015

    Join park staff as they close up the Mountain Farm Museum for the evening. You’ll even be able to help feed the pigs and chickens! More

    Time:
    5:00 PM to 5:30 PM
    Location:
    Mountain Farm Museum
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Back Porch Old Time Music

    Saturday, August 15, 2015

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

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

    Smoky Mountain Elk

    Saturday, August 15, 2015

    How elk stay warm in the winter? How much do their antlers weigh. Ask a Ranger your elk questions. More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Old Time Mountain Religion

    Sunday, August 16, 2015

    Join a ranger and discover how old-time mountain religion met spiritual, social, and community needs. More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 11:45 AM
    Location:
    Smokemont Baptist Church (near Smokemont Campground entrance)
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk

    Sunday, August 16, 2015

    Learn about the park's elk and discover the best places in the park to see and hear them. More

    Time:
    5:30 PM to 6:15 AM
    Location:
    Palmer House, Cataloochee Valley
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cherokee Culture

    Sunday, August 16, 2015

    Join Cherokee Friends to learn about Cherokee culture and history through demonstrations and storytelling. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch Area
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Eeek! Bats!

    Monday, August 17, 2015

    Do they really suck blood? Do they really get caught in your hair? Are they friend or foe? Let the Ranger tell you the truth about these amazing creatures and the enemy among them. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Black Bears in the Smokies

    Tuesday, August 18, 2015

    There’s danger everywhere, high and low but always close especially if you’re an American ursis. Learn how we are the greatest danger to the American black bear. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Welcome Home!

    Wednesday, August 19, 2015

    After more of than a century of absence, the elk have returned. Relax, have a seat on the visitor center porch and hear the story of the return of the largest mammal to the Great Smoky Mountains. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cherokee Culture

    Thursday, August 20, 2015

    Join Cherokee Friends to learn about Cherokee culture and history through demonstrations and storytelling. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch Area
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Feeding time!

    Friday, August 21, 2015

    Join park staff as they close up the Mountain Farm Museum for the evening. You’ll even be able to help feed the pigs and chickens! More

    Time:
    5:00 PM to 5:30 PM
    Location:
    Mountain Farm Museum
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Smoky Mountain Elk

    Saturday, August 22, 2015

    How elk stay warm in the winter? How much do their antlers weigh. Ask a Ranger your elk questions. More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Old Time Mountain Religion

    Sunday, August 23, 2015

    Join a ranger and discover how old-time mountain religion met spiritual, social, and community needs. More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 11:45 AM
    Location:
    Smokemont Baptist Church (near Smokemont Campground entrance)
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk

    Sunday, August 23, 2015

    Learn about the park's elk and discover the best places in the park to see and hear them. More

    Time:
    5:30 PM to 6:15 AM
    Location:
    Palmer House, Cataloochee Valley
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cherokee Culture

    Sunday, August 23, 2015

    Join Cherokee Friends to learn about Cherokee culture and history through demonstrations and storytelling. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch Area
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Eeek! Bats!

    Monday, August 24, 2015

    Do they really suck blood? Do they really get caught in your hair? Are they friend or foe? Let the Ranger tell you the truth about these amazing creatures and the enemy among them. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Black Bears in the Smokies

    Tuesday, August 25, 2015

    There’s danger everywhere, high and low but always close especially if you’re an American ursis. Learn how we are the greatest danger to the American black bear. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Welcome Home!

    Wednesday, August 26, 2015

    After more of than a century of absence, the elk have returned. Relax, have a seat on the visitor center porch and hear the story of the return of the largest mammal to the Great Smoky Mountains. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cherokee Culture

    Thursday, August 27, 2015

    Join Cherokee Friends to learn about Cherokee culture and history through demonstrations and storytelling. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch Area
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Feeding time!

    Friday, August 28, 2015

    Join park staff as they close up the Mountain Farm Museum for the evening. You’ll even be able to help feed the pigs and chickens! More

    Time:
    5:00 PM to 5:30 PM
    Location:
    Mountain Farm Museum
    Fees:
    Free

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