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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!

 

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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 July

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  • Cades Cove Night Hike

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    Listen to the spirits of Cades Cove while enjoying a night-time walk in the cove. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. More

  • Junior Ranger: Blacksmithing (Oconaluftee)

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    Learn about the blacksmith. Create your own item to take home. Limited to ages 10-12. More

  • Junior Ranger: Whose Poop’s on my Boots?

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    Grab the kids and meet a ranger to get the scoop on animal skins, tracks, and…poop! More

  • Early Bird Hayride

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    Enjoy a ranger-led open air hayride viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of Cades Cove. More

  • Smokemont Night Hike

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    Move beyond the comfortable glow of the campfire and explore the Smokies nightlife. Limited to 25 participants. Reservations required. More

  • Junior Ranger: Batteries Not Included

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    What kinds of toys did kids play with in the “old days?” Join a ranger to discover (or remember!) how kids were entertained before video games and iPods. You’ll be able to take home a “buzz button” of your very own. All ages welcome. More

  • Oconaluftee River Trail Treasures

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    Walk with a ranger to discover what treasures can be found here in the Smokies. More

  • The Natural World of Elkmont (Hike the Smokies for Families)

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    Walk with a ranger along the Elkmont Nature Trail to discover some unique facts about this part of the Smokies. More

  • Legends of the Cherokee

    Friday, July 25, 2014

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

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Friday, July 25, 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

  • WILD Program

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

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

  • Junior Ranger: Bear-mania!

    Saturday, July 26, 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, July 26, 2014

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

  • Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers (Oconaluftee)

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

    Roll up your pants and wade through a mountain stream to look for salamanders, damselflies, and other critters. Be prepared to get wet. More

  • Junior Ranger: Animal Olympics

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

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

  • Once upon a time…

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

    Come discover the real world of the American black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains—myths and legends, truth and fiction. More

  • The Tree Army

    Saturday, July 26, 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

  • The “What Is It?” Walk!

    Saturday, July 26, 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! More

  • Junior Ranger: Lost and Gone Forever

    Saturday, July 26, 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, July 26, 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: Who Lives Here?

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

    Signs, signs, everywhere there are signs. Below your knees, above your head, on their feet or on their wing, there are signs of life everywhere if you know how to look! More

  • WILD Program

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

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

  • Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk

    Sunday, July 27, 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: Night Hike

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    Take a walk in the dark with a ranger and learn about some of the mysteries and wonders found only after the sun goes down. Limited to 25 participants. Call (828) 497-1904 up to four days in advance to make reservations. More

  • Junior Ranger: Blue and Gray

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    As a “recruit” you will learn about the life of a Civil War soldier. Bring the family and join a park ranger to see how the Civil War affected communities such as Cades Cove. More

  • Junior Ranger: Geology Rocks!

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    Amaze your friends with newfound knowledge about how these mountains were born and how they have changed over time. More

  • Songs and Stories of the Smokies

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    The Great Smoky Mountains have a long tradition that is captured in songs and stories. Join a ranger in an old-fashioned sing along and listen to some stories that connect us to the natural world around us. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Sunday, July 27, 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: What's Bugging You?

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    Should we squash the spider and swat the bee? Or move out of their way and let them do their work? More

  • Welcome Home!

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    After more than a century of absence, the elk have returned. Hear the story of the return of the largest mammal in the Great Smoky Mountains. More

  • Cades Cove Night Hike

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Listen to the spirits of Cades Cove while enjoying a night-time walk in the cove. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. More

  • Junior Ranger: Eager Weaver

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Join a ranger and learn the art of weaving using a loom. More

  • Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers (Elkmont)

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Roll up your pants and wade through a mountain stream to look for mayflies, stoneflies, dragonflies, and other aquatic critters. Be prepared to get wet. Closed-toe shoes recommended. More

  • Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers (Oconaluftee)

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Roll up your pants and wade through a mountain stream to look for salamanders, damselflies, and other critters. Be prepared to get wet. More

  • Early Bird Hayride

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Enjoy a ranger-led open air hayride viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of Cades Cove. More

  • Thinking Like a Bear

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    What does the future hold for the black bear in the Smokies? How does the National Park Service manage wildlife here? A ranger answers your questions. More

  • Selu: The Legacy of the Corn Mother

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Hoe cakes, hominy, mush, cornbread, hushpuppies, 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

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Monday, July 28, 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 Trivia

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Bring your thinking cap and join a Ranger on the visitor center porch for a friendly game of trivia, Great Smoky Mountains style! More

  • Nature Bingo

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Join a Ranger to explore the lore and wisdom of some of our park’s residents and test your knowledge as your group works to complete their card and be the first to yell “BINGO!” More

  • Junior Ranger: Blacksmithing

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    Join a ranger in the blacksmith shop to learn about the blacksmith. For children ages 8-12. More

  • Cades Cove Evening Hayride

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    Join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in the Cove. More

  • Junior Ranger: Animal Olympics

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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

  • So You Want To Be A Park Ranger?

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    How do you become a park ranger? What does a park ranger do? Join a ranger to get these and other questions answered about this exciting and rewarding job. More

  • Junior Ranger: Pack Your Day Pack

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    Scenic vistas, waterfalls, homesites…let’s hit the trail! But, wait… what should you take with you? Join a ranger and learn the knack of what to pack before you make tracks! More

  • School Days at Little Greenbrier

    Tuesday, July 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. More

  • Junior Ranger: Eeek! Bats!

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    Do they really suck blood? Do they really get caught in your hair? Are they friend or foe? Let the ranger tell you the truth about these amazing creatures and the enemy among them. More

  • Junior Ranger: Blue & Gray

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    Join a park ranger as we find out how the Civil War affected small communities such as Cades Cove. More

  • Junior Ranger: “Treemendous” Program

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    Have you ever wondered what kind of tree it is or how big or how old it is? When will it leaf out? When will it flower. Join a ranger to find out how we know these things. Basic tree identification skills will be taught. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Tuesday, July 29, 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: Lost and Gone Forever

    Tuesday, July 29, 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

  • Andrews Bald Hike for Families

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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

  • Cades Cove Evening Hayride

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in the Cove. More

  • Junior Ranger: Creepy Critters

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Join a ranger on this adventure into the dark and mysterious world of bugs and macro-invertebrates. More

  • Junior Ranger: Being a Kid in the Mountains Schoolhouse Hike

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    What was it like to grow up in these mountains before any of the modern conveniences we enjoy today? Join a ranger to learn about the chores that kids did as well as what they did for fun. More

  • A Waterfall by Lantern Light

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    See Cataract Falls in a new way—on a lantern-lit night stroll through the old Forks of the River community. Limit 25 people, reservations required—sign up at Sugarlands Visitor Center. More

  • Junior Ranger: Do You Have Power?

    Wednesday, July 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

  • Longing for the "Good Ol' Days"

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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

  • Junior Ranger: Can you guess?

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    What wears a fur coat, is about the size of a breadbox, greets with nose kisses, but has never been to the North Pole? Come join park staff to find the answer—you just may be surprised. More

  • Wilderness Wednesday Talk

    Wednesday, July 30, 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

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Wednesday, July 30, 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

  • WILD Program

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

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

  • Cades Cove Evening Hayride

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    Join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in the Cove. More

  • Awwww...Shucks!

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    Corn was an essential element of mountain life a hundred years ago. All parts of the corn plant were used, even the shucks. Join park staff to discover how versatile corn can be. More

  • Hike to Alum Cave Bluff

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    Geology, old-growth trees, and panoramic views await you while joining a park ranger on one of the most diverse hikes in the smokies. More

  • Junior Ranger: Family Adventure Hike on Little River Trail

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    Not sure how to explore the Smokies with the whole family? Join a ranger to learn hiking basics and exploration techniques that are ranger-tested and kid-approved. More

  • Junior Ranger Program: Discover Cades Cove

    Thursday, July 31, 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

  • Junior Ranger: Retiring the Colors

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    Do you know how to fold the American flag? Why does our flag have 13 stripes? When do you salute the flag? Discover the answers to these questions while assisting staff in “retiring the colors” in front of the Sugarlands Visitor Center. More

  • Junior Ranger Walk: How Can You Tell?

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    Is that a blue jay? Or a bluebird? Learn the valuable life skill of bird identification so you can be the one to answer “what kind of bird is that?”! More

  • Evening Program: Calls of the Wild

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    A variety of animal life can be detected using our sense of hearing. Listen to some of the calls of wildlife and test your listening skills. More

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Thursday, July 31, 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

    Thursday, July 31, 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

  • Junior Ranger: Everything But the Squeal: Hogs on the Mountain Farm Museum

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    If corn was the heart of the mountain farm diet, pork was the soul. Raising hogs and preserving the meat was an art in the past and still is today. Explore the real value of the farm pig to people of the past. More

  • Cades Cove Night Hike

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    Listen to the spirits of Cades Cove while enjoying a night-time walk in the cove. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. More

  • Junior Ranger: Blacksmithing (Oconaluftee)

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    Learn about the blacksmith. Create your own item to take home. Limited to ages 10-12. More

  • Junior Ranger: Whose Poop’s on my Boots?

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    Grab the kids and meet a ranger to get the scoop on animal skins, tracks, and…poop! More

  • Early Bird Hayride

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    Enjoy a ranger-led open air hayride viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of Cades Cove. More

  • Smokemont Night Hike

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    Move beyond the comfortable glow of the campfire and explore the Smokies nightlife. Limited to 25 participants. Reservations required. More

  • Junior Ranger: Batteries Not Included

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    What kinds of toys did kids play with in the “old days?” Join a ranger to discover (or remember!) how kids were entertained before video games and iPods. You’ll be able to take home a “buzz button” of your very own. All ages welcome. More

  • Student Volunteer Days

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    Ever wonder what it would be like to be a park ranger? Ever want to help scientists study the national park? Join us as a special volunteer and help rangers explore and protect this national park. More

  • Oconaluftee River Trail Treasures

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    Walk with a ranger to discover what treasures can be found here in the Smokies. More

  • Junior Ranger: Yukky Animal Stuff

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    Want to know some gross stuff about animals? Check out some skulls. Go on a scat safari. Try out your sense of smell. Learn some disgusting facts. More

  • The Natural World of Elkmont (Hike the Smokies for Families)

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    Walk with a ranger along the Elkmont Nature Trail to discover some unique facts about this part of the Smokies. More

  • Legends of the Cherokee

    Friday, August 1, 2014

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

  • Cataract Falls Walk

    Friday, August 1, 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

Did You Know?

Fall leaf colors are most vivid at low to mid elevations.

About 100 native tree species make their home in Great Smoky Mountains National Park—more than in all of northern Europe. The park also contains one of the largest blocks of old-growth temperate deciduous forest in North America. More...