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

    Great Smoky Mountains

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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.
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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.

 

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Events Upcoming for April

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  • 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

Did You Know?

Marbled salamanders are one of 30 salamander species native to the park.

There are at least 30 different species of salamanders in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This gives the Smokies the distinction of having the most diverse salamander population anywhere in the world and has earned the park the nickname “Salamander Capital of the World.” More...