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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!

 

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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 September

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  • Sorghum Molasses Making Demonstration

    Friday, September 12, 2014

    Learn how sweet sorghum molassess is made. More

  • Legends of the Cherokee

    Friday, September 12, 2014

    Join a ranger for an introduction into Cherokee history, lore, and rituals. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Friday, September 12, 2014

    Join a ranger on a short walk to discover why the Smokies is special in the summer. Topics may include waterfalls, wildflowers, trees, history, salamanders, and birds. More

  • Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk

    Friday, September 12, 2014

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

  • Junior Ranger: Bear-mania!

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    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

  • Old Town of Elkmont

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    Take a stroll with a ranger and learn about Elkmont when it was a turn-of-the-century logging boom town. More

  • Rughooking Demonstration

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    Watch and learn the techniques of rughooking. More

  • Blacksmith Demonstration

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

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

  • Sorghum Molasses Making Demonstration

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    Learn how sweet sorghum molassess is made. More

  • Junior Ranger: Animal Olympics

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

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

  • The Tree Army

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was responsible for building trails, controlling fires, and developing facilities such as campgrounds and picnic areas in the park. Join a ranger to learn more about the legacy of the CCC. More

  • Junior Ranger: Lost and Gone Forever

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    What if there were no more birds? It happened 100 years ago to one species, the Passenger Pigeon, when the last one died in a zoo. Find out what lessons we can learn from the passing of the Passenger Pigeon. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    Join a ranger on a short walk to discover why the Smokies is special in the summer. Topics may include waterfalls, wildflowers, trees, history, salamanders, and birds. More

  • Aliens Among Us

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    Do Coyotes belong here? And do lady beetles? What’s killing the trees? How did it get here? Join a ranger and uncover the mysteries of aliens both wanted and unwanted! More

  • Once upon a time…

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    Come discover the world of the American Black bear in Great Smoky Mountains – Myths and legends, truth and fiction. More

  • Blacksmith Demonstration

    Sunday, September 14, 2014

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

  • Sorghum Molasses Making Demonstration

    Sunday, September 14, 2014

    Learn how sweet sorghum molassess is made. More

  • Traditional Old Time Music

    Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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

  • Traditional Old Time Music

    Thursday, September 18, 2014

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

  • Traditional Old Time Music

    Friday, September 19, 2014

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

  • Traditional Old Time Music

    Saturday, September 20, 2014

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

  • Mountain Life Festival

    Saturday, September 20, 2014

    The Mountain Farm Museum will be alive with history as demonstrators provide visitors with a glimpse into the past as they make soap, apple cider, sorghum molasses, hominy, music and more. More

  • Back Porch Old Time Music

    Saturday, September 20, 2014

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

  • Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

    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

  • Junior Ranger: “Bearing” the Winter

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

    How do bears prepare for the winter months? Find out from a ranger. Fun for the entire family! More

  • Junior Ranger Program in Cades Cove

    Sunday, September 21, 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

  • Longing for the "Good Ol' Days"

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

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

  • WILD by Design

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

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

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

    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

  • Falling for Autumn

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

    Join a ranger to discover the special places to take in the Smokies most colorful season. Maybe by the end of your trip you will have “fallen” for the Smokies as well. More

  • Selu: The Legacy of the Corn Mother

    Monday, September 22, 2014

    Hoe cakes, hominy, mush, cornbread, hush puppies, or white lightning – no matter what form it took, corn played an important role in Smokies' history. Come learn more about this versatile plant. More

  • Welcome Back to the Smokies!

    Monday, September 22, 2014

    Why would we want to bring species back after they have disappeared from the park? What happened to them in the first place? Join a ranger to hear the stories of reintroduced species within the park, including peregrine falcons, river otters, and elk. More

  • Running with the Pack: The Reintroduction of Lost Species

    Monday, September 22, 2014

    The history of the Smokies is full of the stories of species lost forever. Come to learn the tales of those species brought back from the brink to thrive in the Smokies once more. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Monday, September 22, 2014

    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

  • Do You Have Power?

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    Of course you do! What is a carbon footprint? Join a ranger to learn how to leave a light footprint and help protect the park and the planet for future generations. More

  • Little Greenbrier School

    Tuesday, September 23, 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

  • Cades Cove Evening Hayride

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    Join a ranger for an evening open air hayride viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of life in the Cove. Hayrides can fill up quickly, first-come, first-serve for this program. More

  • Autumn Creature Feature

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    Did you know that the Smokies is one of the most diverse places in the world? Join a ranger to learn about some of the creatures that live here during this “Ranger’s Choice” style program. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    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

  • Traditional Old Time Music

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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

  • Wilderness Wednesday Talk

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    The Wilderness Act is 50 years old! Learn why and how wilderness areas are created, along with some of the history surrounding the passage of this important legislation, signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964. More

  • Forecasting the Future with Mother Nature

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    Nuts were fair, berries were late. Several morning fogs and rings around the moon in August. Does this mean a hard winter or a mild one? What about snow this year? How did people in the past use nature to forecast the upcoming winter? More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    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

  • Traditional Old Time Music

    Thursday, September 25, 2014

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

  • Black Bears: Big, Smelly and Smart

    Thursday, September 25, 2014

    Discover the wondrous ways black bears adapt to their environment. Find out how bears prepare for the upcoming winter season. More

  • Twilight in the Forest

    Thursday, September 25, 2014

    Enjoy a twilight walk in the woods and learn about Smokies’ critters that are more comfortable in darkness than in the light of day. More

  • Hike to Andrews Bald

    Thursday, September 25, 2014

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

  • Autumn Creature Feature

    Thursday, September 25, 2014

    Did you know that the Smokies is one of the most diverse places in the world? Join a ranger to learn about some of the creatures that live here during this “Ranger’s Choice” style program. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Thursday, September 25, 2014

    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

  • Indians, Bushwhackers, and Conscripts: The Civil War in the Smokies

    Friday, September 26, 2014

    Learn about how the Civil War divided people in these mountains and how it affected their daily lives. More

  • Traditional Old Time Music

    Friday, September 26, 2014

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

  • Myths and Legends of the Cherokee

    Friday, September 26, 2014

    The lands of the Cherokee once extended through several states within the southeast and included all of the Great Smoky Mountains. Join a ranger to explore the culture, history and mythology of the Cherokee through storytelling. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Friday, September 26, 2014

    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

  • Falling for Autumn

    Friday, September 26, 2014

    Join a ranger to discover the special places to take in the Smokies most colorful season. Maybe by the end of your trip you will have “fallen” for the Smokies as well. More

  • Traditional Old Time Music

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

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

  • Smoky Mountain Elk

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

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

  • Junior Ranger Program in Cades Cove

    Saturday, September 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

  • Stargazing at Cades Cove

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

    Join a park ranger and the Smoky Mountains Astronomical Society to learn about stars and galaxies. Numerous telescopes will be available for viewing the night sky. More

  • WILD by Design

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

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

  • Autumn Creature Feature

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

    Did you know that the Smokies is one of the most diverse places in the world? Join a ranger to learn about some of the creatures that live here during this “Ranger’s Choice” style program. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

    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

  • Wilderness Turns 50! A Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

    Discover the importance of the Smokies in the establishment of the Wilderness Society and learn how Knoxville's Harvey Broome, played a pivotal role in getting the Wilderness Act written and passed by Congress in 1964. More

  • Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk

    Sunday, September 28, 2014

    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

  • Junior Ranger: “Bearing” the Winter

    Sunday, September 28, 2014

    How do bears prepare for the winter months? Find out from a ranger. Fun for the entire family! More

  • Junior Ranger Program in Cades Cove

    Sunday, September 28, 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

  • Longing for the "Good Ol' Days"

    Sunday, September 28, 2014

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

  • WILD by Design

    Sunday, September 28, 2014

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

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Sunday, September 28, 2014

    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

  • Falling for Autumn

    Sunday, September 28, 2014

    Join a ranger to discover the special places to take in the Smokies most colorful season. Maybe by the end of your trip you will have “fallen” for the Smokies as well. More

  • Selu: The Legacy of the Corn Mother

    Monday, September 29, 2014

    Hoe cakes, hominy, mush, cornbread, hush puppies, or white lightning – no matter what form it took, corn played an important role in Smokies' history. Come learn more about this versatile plant. More

  • Welcome Back to the Smokies!

    Monday, September 29, 2014

    Why would we want to bring species back after they have disappeared from the park? What happened to them in the first place? Join a ranger to hear the stories of reintroduced species within the park, including peregrine falcons, river otters, and elk. More

  • Running with the Pack: The Reintroduction of Lost Species

    Monday, September 29, 2014

    The history of the Smokies is full of the stories of species lost forever. Come to learn the tales of those species brought back from the brink to thrive in the Smokies once more. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Monday, September 29, 2014

    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

  • Do You Have Power?

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014

    Of course you do! What is a carbon footprint? Join a ranger to learn how to leave a light footprint and help protect the park and the planet for future generations. More

  • Little Greenbrier School

    Tuesday, September 30, 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

  • Cades Cove Evening Hayride

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014

    Join a ranger for an evening open air hayride viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of life in the Cove. Hayrides can fill up quickly, first-come, first-serve for this program. More

  • Autumn Creature Feature

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014

    Did you know that the Smokies is one of the most diverse places in the world? Join a ranger to learn about some of the creatures that live here during this “Ranger’s Choice” style program. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014

    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

  • Traditional Old Time Music

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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

  • Wilderness Wednesday Talk

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014

    The Wilderness Act is 50 years old! Learn why and how wilderness areas are created, along with some of the history surrounding the passage of this important legislation, signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964. More

  • Old Elkmont Town by Lantern Light

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014

    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

  • Forecasting the Future with Mother Nature

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014

    Nuts were fair, berries were late. Several morning fogs and rings around the moon in August. Does this mean a hard winter or a mild one? What about snow this year? How did people in the past use nature to forecast the upcoming winter? More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014

    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

Did You Know?

Flame azalea can be found growing on heath balds in the park.

The park’s high elevation heath balds are treeless expanses where dense thickets of shrubs such as mountain laurel, rhododendron, and sand myrtle grow. Known as “laurel slicks” and “hells” by early settlers, heath balds were most likely created by forest fires long ago. More...