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

    Great Smoky Mountains

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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. 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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  • Albright Grove Old Growth Hike

    Friday, July 6, 2012

    Join a Tremont naturalist on a hike to this amazing forest that was left uncut during logging days and where many giant trees still stand. More

  • Anikituwahgi: The Cherokees of the Appalachians

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    Learn about the inhabitants of the Qualla Boundary, home of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, as we discuss aspects of their past and present. More

  • Little River Trail Family Adventure Hike at Elkmont

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    Join a ranger to learn the hiking basics and exploration techniques. More

  • Schoolhouse Gap Family Adventure Hike

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

    This ranger led hike traces the historical footsteps of school children who walked through this mountain gap to get to school. More

  • Little River Trail Family Adventure Hike at Elkmont

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

    Join a ranger to learn the hiking basics and exploration techniques. More

  • Anikituwahgi: The Cherokees of the Appalachians

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

    Learn about the inhabitants of the Qualla Boundary, home of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, as we discuss aspects of their past and present. More

  • Porters Flat Hike

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

    Learn the fundamentals of safe and fun family hiking. More

  • Basketmaking Demonstration

    Saturday, July 21, 2012

    See how native plants were used to weave a wide variety of baskets. More

  • Basketmaking Demonstration

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

    See how native plants were used to weave a wide variety of baskets. More

  • Little River Trail Family Adventure Hike at Elkmont

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

    Join a ranger to learn the hiking basics and exploration techniques. More

  • Anikituwahgi: The Cherokees of the Appalachians

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

    Learn about the inhabitants of the Qualla Boundary, home of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, as we discuss aspects of their past and present. More

  • Little River Trail Family Adventure Hike at Elkmont

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

    Join a ranger to learn the hiking basics and exploration techniques. More

  • Volunteer Opportunity: Adopt a Trail For Families Trail Workday

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

    Family-oriented workdays will be fun opportunities to get out and help us make some improvements to the nature trails! This workday will be held on Saturday, August 4th on the Balsam Mountain Nature Trail, on the North Carolina side of the park. More

  • Little River Trail Family Adventure Hike at Elkmont

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

    Join a ranger to learn the hiking basics and exploration techniques. More

  • Music and Storytelling by Sparky and Rhonda Rucker

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

    Come enjoy toe-tapping, old-time music and humorous, historical tales. More

  • Star Gazing at Purchase Knob

    Friday, September 7, 2012

    The Astronomy Club of Asheville will lead an exploration of the night sky at Purchase Knob. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. More

  • Volunteer Opportunity: Adopt a Trail For Families Trail Workday

    Saturday, September 8, 2012

    Family-oriented workdays will be fun opportunities to get out and help us make some improvements to the nature trails! This workday will be held on Saturday, September 8th on the Pine Oak Nature Trail, on the Tennessee side of the park. More

  • Twilight by the Dancing Waters

    Friday, September 21, 2012

    Enjoy a twilight walk along the dancing waters of the Little River and learn about Smokies critters that are more comfortable in darkness than in the light of day. More

  • Twilight by the Dancing Waters

    Friday, September 28, 2012

    Enjoy a twilight walk along the dancing waters of the Little River and learn about Smokies critters that are more comfortable in darkness than in the light of day. More

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