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Schedule Of Events

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

Explore the park with a ranger!
Use the calendar below to find information about the park's ranger-guided programs, special events, volunteer opportunities, and more!

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.

 

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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Events Upcoming for April

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  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

  • Old Times on Fighting Creek

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    Take a short walk to the John Ownby Cabin and learn about what life was like in the Fighting Creek community before the park was established. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

    Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

  • Logging in the Smokies

    Friday, April 11, 2014

    Join park staff and discover how “misery whips and woodhicks” changed the Smokies landscape in the early 1900s. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Friday, April 11, 2014

    Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

  • Newborns of Spring

    Friday, April 11, 2014

    The spring season brings new senses, sights and sounds for newborns of all kinds! Join a ranger to re-discover life as a newborn in the Smokies! More

  • WILD Program

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

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

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

    Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

  • Junior Ranger: Ranger’s Choice

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

    Join a ranger to learn about the wondrous diversity of life in the Smokies. Topics range from salamanders, to bears, to wildflowers. More

  • Junior Ranger Program

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

    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

  • Busy Beavers

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

    North America’s famous flat-tailed engineer has been hard at work in the Oconaluftee area. Come learn about the beaver and see where they have been working. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

    Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

  • Junior Ranger Program

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

    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

  • Bear With Us

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

    Join us to learn some fascinating facts about black bears. More

  • The “What Is It?” Walk!

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

    We all ask “What is it?” many times. The mountain farm museum has many items that leave us with more questions than answers. Join a ranger to learn just what it is! Meet on the porch of the OVC. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Monday, April 14, 2014

    Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

  • Take a Walk With a Ranger

    Monday, April 14, 2014

    Topics and destinations vary, but you’re sure to learn a bit more about the Smokies, from its vast array of wildflowers to some fascinating human history. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

  • Cades Cove Full Moon Walk

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    See Cades Cove in a different light on this easy, 2-mile, night-time walk. More

  • Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    Join us for hikes, walks, lectures, and programs (both indoors and outdoors) on mountain wildflowers, wildlife, ecology, cultural history and more. More

  • Little Greenbrier School

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    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

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

  • Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    Join us for hikes, walks, lectures, and programs (both indoors and outdoors) on mountain wildflowers, wildlife, ecology, cultural history and more. More

  • Old Times on Fighting Creek

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    Take a short walk to the John Ownby Cabin and learn about what life was like in the Fighting Creek community before the park was established. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

    Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

  • Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

    Join us for hikes, walks, lectures, and programs (both indoors and outdoors) on mountain wildflowers, wildlife, ecology, cultural history and more. More

  • Logging in the Smokies

    Friday, April 18, 2014

    Join park staff and discover how “misery whips and woodhicks” changed the Smokies landscape in the early 1900s. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Friday, April 18, 2014

    Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

  • Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

    Friday, April 18, 2014

    Join us for hikes, walks, lectures, and programs (both indoors and outdoors) on mountain wildflowers, wildlife, ecology, cultural history and more. More

  • Newborns of Spring

    Friday, April 18, 2014

    The spring season brings new senses, sights and sounds for newborns of all kinds! Join a ranger to re-discover life as a newborn in the Smokies! More

  • WILD Program

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

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

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

    Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

  • Junior Ranger: Ranger’s Choice

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

    Join a ranger to learn about the wondrous diversity of life in the Smokies. Topics range from salamanders, to bears, to wildflowers. More

  • Back Porch Old Time Music

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

    Join us on the back porch of the visitor center for a jam session. All levels of playing are welcome. More

  • Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

    Join us for hikes, walks, lectures, and programs (both indoors and outdoors) on mountain wildflowers, wildlife, ecology, cultural history and more. More

  • Junior Ranger Program

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

    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

  • Busy Beavers

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

    North America’s famous flat-tailed engineer has been hard at work in the Oconaluftee area. Come learn about the beaver and see where they have been working. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

    Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

  • Junior Ranger Program

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

    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

  • Bear With Us

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

    Join us to learn some fascinating facts about black bears. More

  • The “What Is It?” Walk!

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

    We all ask “What is it?” many times. The mountain farm museum has many items that leave us with more questions than answers. Join a ranger to learn just what it is! Meet on the porch of the OVC. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Monday, April 21, 2014

    Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

  • Take a Walk With a Ranger

    Monday, April 21, 2014

    Topics and destinations vary, but you’re sure to learn a bit more about the Smokies, from its vast array of wildflowers to some fascinating human history. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

  • Little Greenbrier School

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    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

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

  • Old Times on Fighting Creek

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    Take a short walk to the John Ownby Cabin and learn about what life was like in the Fighting Creek community before the park was established. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

  • Logging in the Smokies

    Friday, April 25, 2014

    Join park staff and discover how “misery whips and woodhicks” changed the Smokies landscape in the early 1900s. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Friday, April 25, 2014

    Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

  • Music of the Mountains - Townsend

    Friday, April 25, 2014

    Music of the Mountains festival was created to share the rich musical traditions of the Southern Appalachians. More

  • Newborns of Spring

    Friday, April 25, 2014

    The spring season brings new senses, sights and sounds for newborns of all kinds! Join a ranger to re-discover life as a newborn in the Smokies! More

  • WILD Program

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

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

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

    Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

  • Junior Ranger: Ranger’s Choice

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

    Join a ranger to learn about the wondrous diversity of life in the Smokies. Topics range from salamanders, to bears, to wildflowers. More

  • Music of the Mountains

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

    Share the rich musical traditions of the Southern Appalachians with free concerts all day at Sugarlands Visitor Center. More

  • Junior Ranger Program

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

    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

  • National Junior Ranger Day

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

    Join Park Rangers for a fun-filled day of hands-on activities and earn a junior ranger patch and certificate! More

  • Busy Beavers

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

    North America’s famous flat-tailed engineer has been hard at work in the Oconaluftee area. Come learn about the beaver and see where they have been working. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

    Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

  • Music of the Mountains - Cosby

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

    Music of the Mountains festival was created to share the rich musical traditions of the Southern Appalachians. More

  • Junior Ranger Program

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

    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

  • Bear With Us

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

    Join us to learn some fascinating facts about black bears. More

  • The “What Is It?” Walk!

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

    We all ask “What is it?” many times. The mountain farm museum has many items that leave us with more questions than answers. Join a ranger to learn just what it is! Meet on the porch of the OVC. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Monday, April 28, 2014

    Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

  • Take a Walk With a Ranger

    Monday, April 28, 2014

    Topics and destinations vary, but you’re sure to learn a bit more about the Smokies, from its vast array of wildflowers to some fascinating human history. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

    Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

  • Little Greenbrier School

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

    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

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

    Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

  • Old Times on Fighting Creek

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

    Take a short walk to the John Ownby Cabin and learn about what life was like in the Fighting Creek community before the park was established. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

    Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. More

  • Traditional Old Time Music

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

    The group Tymes Past presents music gleamed from the old world and altered to a unique lifestyle in the Appalachians. More

 


More Programs To Help You Explore the Park!
Several of the park's partner organizations also offer a wide variety of programs. Please visit their websites for program schedules and fees.

Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont offers programs for all ages: summer camps, family camps, naturalist workshops, hiking adventures, and more. (865) 448-6709

Smoky Mountain Field School offers workshops, day hikes, family adventures and more. Programs on synchronous fireflies, butterflies, wildflowers, mushrooms, old-growth forests, salamanders, stream life, elk, bears, tracking, early settlers, the Cherokee, and so much more! (865) 974-0150.

Great Smoky Mountains Association offers hikes and activities that enhance the knowledge and appreciation of the national park. The programs cover a variety of topics from cultural activities, night walks, and guided hikes. Join the Association today!


Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park gives you a chance to make friends, have fun, and support the park.

Did You Know?

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is America's most visited national park.

Between 8-10 million people visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park each year, making it the most visited national park in the country.