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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.
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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!

 

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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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cataract Falls Walk

    Monday, May 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:
    11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Five Sisters Cove: The Walker Sisters of Little Greenbrier

    Monday, May 4, 2015

    Join a ranger for a 2.2 mile roundtrip hike to learn about the famous Walker Sisters of Little Greenbrier. We’ll talk about adaptation and the flexibility required of these strong-willed sisters to live in the old-fashioned way. More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 1:30 PM
    Location:
    Meet at Little Greenbrier School, near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Little Greenbrier School

    Tuesday, May 5, 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. This program is fun for all ages. Please arrive 15 minutes before program start; space is limited. 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
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cataract Falls Walk

    Tuesday, May 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:
    11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    In the Heart of Greenbrier

    Tuesday, May 5, 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

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Porters Creek Trailhead in Greenbrier
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Precious Memories

    Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 1:30 PM,11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Primitive Baptist Church
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Old Elkmont

    Wednesday, May 6, 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

    Location:
    Meet at the Elkmont Campground Entrance Station
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cataract Falls Walk

    Wednesday, May 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:
    11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Hike to Andrews Bald

    Thursday, May 7, 2015

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

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Location:
    Forney Ridge Trailhead at Clingmans Dome parking area
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cataract Falls Walk

    Thursday, May 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:
    11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    The Stories that Flowers Tell

    Thursday, May 7, 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

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Precious Memories

    Thursday, May 7, 2015

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

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 1:30 PM,11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Cades Cove Primitive Baptist Church
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cataract Falls Walk

    Friday, May 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:
    11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Forks of the River

    Friday, May 8, 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

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center Patio
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    WILD Program

    Saturday, May 9, 2015

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

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

    Junior Ranger Program in Cades Cove

    Saturday, May 9, 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

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

    Longing for the "Good Ol' Days"

    Saturday, May 9, 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

    Cataract Falls Walk

    Saturday, May 9, 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:
    11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Flowers, Flowers Everywhere

    Saturday, May 9, 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

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
    Location:
    Sugarlands Visitor Center Patio
    Fees:
    Free
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Mammal Mania!

    Sunday, May 10, 2015

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

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

    Back Porch Old Time Music

    Saturday, May 16, 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

    Mammal Mania!

    Sunday, May 17, 2015

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

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

    Blacksmith Demonstration

    Saturday, May 23, 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

    Blacksmith Demonstration

    Sunday, May 24, 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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