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Schedule Of Events

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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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  • Junior Ranger: Getting Home From School

    Sunday, July 1, 2012

    How do you get home from school? A hundred years ago mountain kids didn’t ride the bus or get picked up in a car. They WALKED! And then there were chores to do when you got there. Get your blood pumpin’ and learn about kids’ lives in the mountains More

  • Cotton Kills: Safe Hiking in the Smokies

    Sunday, July 1, 2012

    Learn how to be prepared for any challenges the trail presents, from bugs to bears to bad weather. More

  • Historic Mountain Farm Museum Tour

    Sunday, July 1, 2012

    Take a short guided stroll and learn about farm life in the past against the backdrop of century-old log buildings. More

  • Junior Ranger: Explore Cades Cove

    Monday, July 2, 2012

    Bring the family for a hands-on exploration of the Cove. More

  • Hike to Grotto Falls

    Monday, July 2, 2012

    Hike with a ranger through an old growth forest to one of the most popular waterfalls in the park. More

  • If I Need It, I’ll Build It

    Monday, July 2, 2012

    “I’ve got my little cot, a chair, a stove, frying pan, and my pistol. What more does a man need?” Join a park ranger and be amazed at the answer. More

  • River Ramble

    Monday, July 2, 2012

    Relax and cool off along a mountain stream. This easy walk with a ranger offers you an amazing opportunity to explore the Smokies only minutes from your car. More

  • Junior Ranger: Nature Detectives

    Monday, July 2, 2012

    Do you have what it takes to be a nature detective? Join a ranger to find evidence of what the natural world is telling us. More

  • Junior Ranger: Where the WILD Things Are

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

    Join a ranger to improve your understanding and appreciation of park wildlife and how we can all help do our part keeping the “wild” in wildlife. More

  • Anikituwahgi: The Cherokees of the Appalachians

    Tuesday, July 3, 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. After the program, you can try your skill with an authentic Cherokee blowgun! More

  • Ranger Guided Hike to Chasteen Creek Waterfall

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

    Pack a snack and water and join a ranger on a moderate 3-mile round-trip hike along Bradley Fork to Chasteen Creek Falls. More

  • Lunch with a Ranger

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

    Bring your lunch and your curiosity and join a ranger for some noon-time conversation. Ask questions, share your experiences, and make new friends! More

  • Junior Ranger: Cherokee Pottery

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

    Cherokees have been making pottery for…how long? Come find out, and leave with a piece of pottery that you have created using the same methods employed by Qualla Boundary master craftspeople. More

  • Junior Ranger: Smokies’ Best Dam Builders

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

    Who is the best dam builder in the Smokies? The beaver, of course! Come learn how beavers change the environment to their own advantage. More

  • Birding in the High Country

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

    Discover some of the resident and migrant birds near a high elevation gap. Pick up identification tips, learn bird sounds, and find out about current issues affecting birds. Come for one or more walks. Bring binoculars. More

  • Junior Ranger: One of the Family

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

    Mama Bear, Poppa Bear, and Baby Bear live happily together. Or do they? Join the ranger and discover the truths and myths about these popular creatures known as black bear. More

  • We’ll Leave the Latch String Out for You…

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

    Learn about Elijah Oliver, his family, and their homestead. Hear stories about life in the Cove. More

  • Junior Ranger: Scavenger Hunt

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

    If you would like to hone your observation skills in order to search for the unseen, gather on the porch at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. More

  • Nature’s Musical Instrument: Waterfalls Walk

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

    Discover the beauty of Juney Whank Falls, Indian Creek Falls, and Tom Branch Falls. More

  • Hike to Laurel Falls and the Old-Growth Forest

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

    This guided walk takes you to one of the Smokies prettiest and best-known waterfalls and continues ½ mile beyond to explore an old-growth forest. Enjoy a portion or the entire walk. More

  • Bears, Birds, and Black-bellies—Old Naturalist Tales

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

    Join a long-time ranger/naturalist to hear some true stories of his many critter encounters. Bring your voice and come a bit early for a good ole Smokies’ sing-along. More

  • Junior Ranger: Explore Cades Cove

    Friday, July 6, 2012

    Bring the family for a hands-on exploration of the Cove. More

  • 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

  • Advanced Salamandering

    Friday, July 6, 2012

    For those who have completed at least one salamander program in the Smokies, join a ranger for an in-depth discovery and study of some of the 13 species of salamanders that have been found in one area of the park. More

  • Keeping it Native

    Friday, July 6, 2012

    Want to create a Smokies setting at home? All park plants are protected, but you can join us on this easy walk to learn the characteristics and needs of Smokies species for the home landscape. See how using native plants helps preserve biodiversity. More

  • Seed to Table

    Friday, July 6, 2012

    Have you ever wondered where your food comes from and how it gets to your table? Explore our heirloom vegetable garden and the many ways we grow our food. More

  • Hike to Fern Branch Falls

    Friday, July 6, 2012

    Enjoy a beautiful walk through the forest to one of the Smokies’ hidden waterfalls. Learn a little about the history of the Big Greenbrier Community along the way. More

  • Ranger Guided Wagon Ride

    Saturday, July 7, 2012

    Climb aboard the wagon ride at Smokemont Riding Stables for a Ranger-guided tour of the old Oconaluftee Turnpike. Limit 6 people. More

  • Junior Ranger: Art in the Park

    Saturday, July 7, 2012

    Be inspired by the beauty of the Smokies and create a piece of art to take home! More

  • Deep Creek Night Hike

    Saturday, July 7, 2012

    Explore Smokies nightlife. Limited to 25 participants. Call 828/497-1904 up to four days in advance for reservations. More

  • Cosby Nature Stroll

    Saturday, July 7, 2012

    Take a late afternoon walk along one of the prettiest and most interesting Nature Trails in the park. Discover how natural and human histories are intertwined here. More

  • What’s In a Name? Place Names of the Smokies

    Saturday, July 7, 2012

    Is it Sharp Top or White Rock? How about Mt. Cammerer? And just what did happen on Mellinger Death Ridge? Explore the colorful history of place names in the Smokies with a park ranger. More

  • Lost and Gone Forever

    Saturday, July 7, 2012

    Join a ranger to learn about the challenge and threats that face this national park, and how the actions we take every day affect the health and biodiversity of the Smokies. More

  • Junior Ranger: Getting Home From School

    Sunday, July 8, 2012

    How do you get home from school? A hundred years ago mountain kids didn’t ride the bus or get picked up in a car. They WALKED! And then there were chores to do when you got there. Get your blood pumpin’ and learn about kids’ lives in the mountains More

  • Cotton Kills: Safe Hiking in the Smokies

    Sunday, July 8, 2012

    Learn how to be prepared for any challenges the trail presents, from bugs to bears to bad weather. More

  • Historic Mountain Farm Museum Tour

    Sunday, July 8, 2012

    Take a short guided stroll and learn about farm life in the past against the backdrop of century-old log buildings. More

  • Junior Ranger: Explore Cades Cove

    Monday, July 9, 2012

    Bring the family for a hands-on exploration of the Cove. More

  • Hike to Grotto Falls

    Monday, July 9, 2012

    Hike with a ranger through an old growth forest to one of the most popular waterfalls in the park. More

  • If I Need It, I’ll Build It

    Monday, July 9, 2012

    “I’ve got my little cot, a chair, a stove, frying pan, and my pistol. What more does a man need?” Join a park ranger and be amazed at the answer. More

  • River Ramble

    Monday, July 9, 2012

    Relax and cool off along a mountain stream. This easy walk with a ranger offers you an amazing opportunity to explore the Smokies only minutes from your car. More

  • Junior Ranger: Nature Detectives

    Monday, July 9, 2012

    Do you have what it takes to be a nature detective? Join a ranger to find evidence of what the natural world is telling us. More

  • Junior Ranger: Where the WILD Things Are

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

    Join a ranger to improve your understanding and appreciation of park wildlife and how we can all help do our part keeping the “wild” in wildlife. More

  • Anikituwahgi: The Cherokees of the Appalachians

    Tuesday, July 10, 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. After the program, you can try your skill with an authentic Cherokee blowgun! More

  • Ranger Guided Hike to Chasteen Creek Waterfall

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

    Pack a snack and water and join a ranger on a moderate 3-mile round-trip hike along Bradley Fork to Chasteen Creek Falls. More

  • Lunch with a Ranger

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

    Bring your lunch and your curiosity and join a ranger for some noon-time conversation. Ask questions, share your experiences, and make new friends! More

  • Junior Ranger: Cherokee Pottery

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

    Cherokees have been making pottery for…how long? Come find out, and leave with a piece of pottery that you have created using the same methods employed by Qualla Boundary master craftspeople. More

  • Junior Ranger: Smokies’ Best Dam Builders

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

    Who is the best dam builder in the Smokies? The beaver, of course! Come learn how beavers change the environment to their own advantage. More

  • Birding in the High Country

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

    Discover some of the resident and migrant birds near a high elevation gap. Pick up identification tips, learn bird sounds, and find out about current issues affecting birds. Come for one or more walks. Bring binoculars. More

  • Junior Ranger: One of the Family

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    Mama Bear, Poppa Bear, and Baby Bear live happily together. Or do they? Join the ranger and discover the truths and myths about these popular creatures known as black bear. More

  • We’ll Leave the Latch String Out for You…

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    Learn about Elijah Oliver, his family, and their homestead. Hear stories about life in the Cove. 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

  • Junior Ranger: Scavenger Hunt

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

    If you would like to hone your observation skills in order to search for the unseen, gather on the porch at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. More

  • Nature’s Musical Instrument: Waterfalls Walk

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

    Discover the beauty of Juney Whank Falls, Indian Creek Falls, and Tom Branch Falls. More

  • Hike to Laurel Falls and the Old-Growth Forest

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

    This guided walk takes you to one of the Smokies prettiest and best-known waterfalls and continues ½ mile beyond to explore an old-growth forest. Enjoy a portion or the entire walk. More

  • Bears, Birds, and Black-bellies—Old Naturalist Tales

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

    Join a long-time ranger/naturalist to hear some true stories of his many critter encounters. Bring your voice and come a bit early for a good ole Smokies’ sing-along. 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

  • Junior Ranger: Explore Cades Cove

    Friday, July 13, 2012

    Bring the family for a hands-on exploration of the Cove. More

  • Advanced Salamandering

    Friday, July 13, 2012

    For those who have completed at least one salamander program in the Smokies, join a ranger for an in-depth discovery and study of some of the 13 species of salamanders that have been found in one area of the park. More

  • Keeping it Native

    Friday, July 13, 2012

    Want to create a Smokies setting at home? All park plants are protected, but you can join us on this easy walk to learn the characteristics and needs of Smokies species for the home landscape. See how using native plants helps preserve biodiversity. More

  • Seed to Table

    Friday, July 13, 2012

    Have you ever wondered where your food comes from and how it gets to your table? Explore our heirloom vegetable garden and the many ways we grow our food. More

  • Hike to Fern Branch Falls

    Friday, July 13, 2012

    Enjoy a beautiful walk through the forest to one of the Smokies’ hidden waterfalls. Learn a little about the history of the Big Greenbrier Community along the way. More

  • Ranger Guided Wagon Ride

    Saturday, July 14, 2012

    Climb aboard the wagon ride at Smokemont Riding Stables for a Ranger-guided tour of the old Oconaluftee Turnpike. Limit 6 people. More

  • Junior Ranger: Art in the Park

    Saturday, July 14, 2012

    Be inspired by the beauty of the Smokies and create a piece of art to take home! More

  • Deep Creek Night Hike

    Saturday, July 14, 2012

    Explore Smokies nightlife. Limited to 25 participants. Call 828/497-1904 up to four days in advance for reservations. More

  • Cosby Nature Stroll

    Saturday, July 14, 2012

    Take a late afternoon walk along one of the prettiest and most interesting Nature Trails in the park. Discover how natural and human histories are intertwined here. More

  • What’s In a Name? Place Names of the Smokies

    Saturday, July 14, 2012

    Is it Sharp Top or White Rock? How about Mt. Cammerer? And just what did happen on Mellinger Death Ridge? Explore the colorful history of place names in the Smokies with a park ranger. More

  • Lost and Gone Forever

    Saturday, July 14, 2012

    Join a ranger to learn about the challenge and threats that face this national park, and how the actions we take every day affect the health and biodiversity of the Smokies. More

  • Junior Ranger: Getting Home From School

    Sunday, July 15, 2012

    How do you get home from school? A hundred years ago mountain kids didn’t ride the bus or get picked up in a car. They WALKED! And then there were chores to do when you got there. Get your blood pumpin’ and learn about kids’ lives in the mountains More

  • Cotton Kills: Safe Hiking in the Smokies

    Sunday, July 15, 2012

    Learn how to be prepared for any challenges the trail presents, from bugs to bears to bad weather. More

  • Historic Mountain Farm Museum Tour

    Sunday, July 15, 2012

    Take a short guided stroll and learn about farm life in the past against the backdrop of century-old log buildings. More

  • Junior Ranger: Explore Cades Cove

    Monday, July 16, 2012

    Bring the family for a hands-on exploration of the Cove. More

  • Hike to Grotto Falls

    Monday, July 16, 2012

    Hike with a ranger through an old growth forest to one of the most popular waterfalls in the park. More

  • If I Need It, I’ll Build It

    Monday, July 16, 2012

    “I’ve got my little cot, a chair, a stove, frying pan, and my pistol. What more does a man need?” Join a park ranger and be amazed at the answer. More

  • River Ramble

    Monday, July 16, 2012

    Relax and cool off along a mountain stream. This easy walk with a ranger offers you an amazing opportunity to explore the Smokies only minutes from your car. More

  • Junior Ranger: Nature Detectives

    Monday, July 16, 2012

    Do you have what it takes to be a nature detective? Join a ranger to find evidence of what the natural world is telling us. More

  • Junior Ranger: Where the WILD Things Are

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

    Join a ranger to improve your understanding and appreciation of park wildlife and how we can all help do our part keeping the “wild” in wildlife. More

  • Anikituwahgi: The Cherokees of the Appalachians

    Tuesday, July 17, 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. After the program, you can try your skill with an authentic Cherokee blowgun! More

  • Ranger Guided Hike to Chasteen Creek Waterfall

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

    Pack a snack and water and join a ranger on a moderate 3-mile round-trip hike along Bradley Fork to Chasteen Creek Falls. More

  • Lunch with a Ranger

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

    Bring your lunch and your curiosity and join a ranger for some noon-time conversation. Ask questions, share your experiences, and make new friends! More

  • Junior Ranger: Cherokee Pottery

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

    Cherokees have been making pottery for…how long? Come find out, and leave with a piece of pottery that you have created using the same methods employed by Qualla Boundary master craftspeople. More

  • Junior Ranger: Smokies’ Best Dam Builders

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

    Who is the best dam builder in the Smokies? The beaver, of course! Come learn how beavers change the environment to their own advantage. More

  • Birding in the High Country

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

    Discover some of the resident and migrant birds near a high elevation gap. Pick up identification tips, learn bird sounds, and find out about current issues affecting birds. Come for one or more walks. Bring binoculars. More

  • Junior Ranger: One of the Family

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

    Mama Bear, Poppa Bear, and Baby Bear live happily together. Or do they? Join the ranger and discover the truths and myths about these popular creatures known as black bear. More

  • We’ll Leave the Latch String Out for You…

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

    Learn about Elijah Oliver, his family, and their homestead. Hear stories about life in the Cove. 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

  • Junior Ranger: Scavenger Hunt

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

    If you would like to hone your observation skills in order to search for the unseen, gather on the porch at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. More

  • Nature’s Musical Instrument: Waterfalls Walk

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

    Discover the beauty of Juney Whank Falls, Indian Creek Falls, and Tom Branch Falls. More

  • Hike to Laurel Falls and the Old-Growth Forest

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

    This guided walk takes you to one of the Smokies prettiest and best-known waterfalls and continues ½ mile beyond to explore an old-growth forest. Enjoy a portion or the entire walk. More

  • Bears, Birds, and Black-bellies—Old Naturalist Tales

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

    Join a long-time ranger/naturalist to hear some true stories of his many critter encounters. Bring your voice and come a bit early for a good ole Smokies’ sing-along. 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

  • Junior Ranger: Explore Cades Cove

    Friday, July 20, 2012

    Bring the family for a hands-on exploration of the Cove. More

  • Advanced Salamandering

    Friday, July 20, 2012

    For those who have completed at least one salamander program in the Smokies, join a ranger for an in-depth discovery and study of some of the 13 species of salamanders that have been found in one area of the park. More

  • Keeping it Native

    Friday, July 20, 2012

    Want to create a Smokies setting at home? All park plants are protected, but you can join us on this easy walk to learn the characteristics and needs of Smokies species for the home landscape. See how using native plants helps preserve biodiversity. More

  • Seed to Table

    Friday, July 20, 2012

    Have you ever wondered where your food comes from and how it gets to your table? Explore our heirloom vegetable garden and the many ways we grow our food. More

  • Hike to Fern Branch Falls

    Friday, July 20, 2012

    Enjoy a beautiful walk through the forest to one of the Smokies’ hidden waterfalls. Learn a little about the history of the Big Greenbrier Community along the way. More

  • Ranger Guided Wagon Ride

    Saturday, July 21, 2012

    Climb aboard the wagon ride at Smokemont Riding Stables for a Ranger-guided tour of the old Oconaluftee Turnpike. Limit 6 people. More

  • Basketmaking Demonstration

    Saturday, July 21, 2012

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

  • Junior Ranger: Art in the Park

    Saturday, July 21, 2012

    Be inspired by the beauty of the Smokies and create a piece of art to take home! More

  • Deep Creek Night Hike

    Saturday, July 21, 2012

    Explore Smokies nightlife. Limited to 25 participants. Call 828/497-1904 up to four days in advance for reservations. More

  • Cosby Nature Stroll

    Saturday, July 21, 2012

    Take a late afternoon walk along one of the prettiest and most interesting Nature Trails in the park. Discover how natural and human histories are intertwined here. More

  • What’s In a Name? Place Names of the Smokies

    Saturday, July 21, 2012

    Is it Sharp Top or White Rock? How about Mt. Cammerer? And just what did happen on Mellinger Death Ridge? Explore the colorful history of place names in the Smokies with a park ranger. More

  • Lost and Gone Forever

    Saturday, July 21, 2012

    Join a ranger to learn about the challenge and threats that face this national park, and how the actions we take every day affect the health and biodiversity of the Smokies. More

  • Basketmaking Demonstration

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

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

  • Junior Ranger: Getting Home From School

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

    How do you get home from school? A hundred years ago mountain kids didn’t ride the bus or get picked up in a car. They WALKED! And then there were chores to do when you got there. Get your blood pumpin’ and learn about kids’ lives in the mountains More

  • Cotton Kills: Safe Hiking in the Smokies

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

    Learn how to be prepared for any challenges the trail presents, from bugs to bears to bad weather. More

  • Historic Mountain Farm Museum Tour

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

    Take a short guided stroll and learn about farm life in the past against the backdrop of century-old log buildings. More

  • Junior Ranger: Explore Cades Cove

    Monday, July 23, 2012

    Bring the family for a hands-on exploration of the Cove. More

  • Hike to Grotto Falls

    Monday, July 23, 2012

    Hike with a ranger through an old growth forest to one of the most popular waterfalls in the park. More

  • If I Need It, I’ll Build It

    Monday, July 23, 2012

    “I’ve got my little cot, a chair, a stove, frying pan, and my pistol. What more does a man need?” Join a park ranger and be amazed at the answer. More

  • River Ramble

    Monday, July 23, 2012

    Relax and cool off along a mountain stream. This easy walk with a ranger offers you an amazing opportunity to explore the Smokies only minutes from your car. More

  • Junior Ranger: Nature Detectives

    Monday, July 23, 2012

    Do you have what it takes to be a nature detective? Join a ranger to find evidence of what the natural world is telling us. More

  • Junior Ranger: Where the WILD Things Are

    Tuesday, July 24, 2012

    Join a ranger to improve your understanding and appreciation of park wildlife and how we can all help do our part keeping the “wild” in wildlife. More

  • Anikituwahgi: The Cherokees of the Appalachians

    Tuesday, July 24, 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. After the program, you can try your skill with an authentic Cherokee blowgun! More

  • Ranger Guided Hike to Chasteen Creek Waterfall

    Tuesday, July 24, 2012

    Pack a snack and water and join a ranger on a moderate 3-mile round-trip hike along Bradley Fork to Chasteen Creek Falls. More

  • Lunch with a Ranger

    Tuesday, July 24, 2012

    Bring your lunch and your curiosity and join a ranger for some noon-time conversation. Ask questions, share your experiences, and make new friends! More

  • Junior Ranger: Cherokee Pottery

    Tuesday, July 24, 2012

    Cherokees have been making pottery for…how long? Come find out, and leave with a piece of pottery that you have created using the same methods employed by Qualla Boundary master craftspeople. More

  • Junior Ranger: Smokies’ Best Dam Builders

    Tuesday, July 24, 2012

    Who is the best dam builder in the Smokies? The beaver, of course! Come learn how beavers change the environment to their own advantage. More

  • Birding in the High Country

    Tuesday, July 24, 2012

    Discover some of the resident and migrant birds near a high elevation gap. Pick up identification tips, learn bird sounds, and find out about current issues affecting birds. Come for one or more walks. Bring binoculars. More

  • Junior Ranger: One of the Family

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

    Mama Bear, Poppa Bear, and Baby Bear live happily together. Or do they? Join the ranger and discover the truths and myths about these popular creatures known as black bear. More

  • We’ll Leave the Latch String Out for You…

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

    Learn about Elijah Oliver, his family, and their homestead. Hear stories about life in the Cove. 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

  • Junior Ranger: Scavenger Hunt

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

    If you would like to hone your observation skills in order to search for the unseen, gather on the porch at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. More

  • Nature’s Musical Instrument: Waterfalls Walk

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

    Discover the beauty of Juney Whank Falls, Indian Creek Falls, and Tom Branch Falls. More

  • Hike to Laurel Falls and the Old-Growth Forest

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

    This guided walk takes you to one of the Smokies prettiest and best-known waterfalls and continues ½ mile beyond to explore an old-growth forest. Enjoy a portion or the entire walk. More

  • Bears, Birds, and Black-bellies—Old Naturalist Tales

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

    Join a long-time ranger/naturalist to hear some true stories of his many critter encounters. Bring your voice and come a bit early for a good ole Smokies’ sing-along. More

  • Junior Ranger: Explore Cades Cove

    Friday, July 27, 2012

    Bring the family for a hands-on exploration of the Cove. More

  • Advanced Salamandering

    Friday, July 27, 2012

    For those who have completed at least one salamander program in the Smokies, join a ranger for an in-depth discovery and study of some of the 13 species of salamanders that have been found in one area of the park. More

  • Keeping it Native

    Friday, July 27, 2012

    Want to create a Smokies setting at home? All park plants are protected, but you can join us on this easy walk to learn the characteristics and needs of Smokies species for the home landscape. See how using native plants helps preserve biodiversity. More

  • Seed to Table

    Friday, July 27, 2012

    Have you ever wondered where your food comes from and how it gets to your table? Explore our heirloom vegetable garden and the many ways we grow our food. More

  • Hike to Fern Branch Falls

    Friday, July 27, 2012

    Enjoy a beautiful walk through the forest to one of the Smokies’ hidden waterfalls. Learn a little about the history of the Big Greenbrier Community along the way. More

  • Ranger Guided Wagon Ride

    Saturday, July 28, 2012

    Climb aboard the wagon ride at Smokemont Riding Stables for a Ranger-guided tour of the old Oconaluftee Turnpike. Limit 6 people. More

  • Junior Ranger: Art in the Park

    Saturday, July 28, 2012

    Be inspired by the beauty of the Smokies and create a piece of art to take home! More

  • Deep Creek Night Hike

    Saturday, July 28, 2012

    Explore Smokies nightlife. Limited to 25 participants. Call 828/497-1904 up to four days in advance for reservations. More

  • Cosby Nature Stroll

    Saturday, July 28, 2012

    Take a late afternoon walk along one of the prettiest and most interesting Nature Trails in the park. Discover how natural and human histories are intertwined here. More

  • What’s In a Name? Place Names of the Smokies

    Saturday, July 28, 2012

    Is it Sharp Top or White Rock? How about Mt. Cammerer? And just what did happen on Mellinger Death Ridge? Explore the colorful history of place names in the Smokies with a park ranger. More

  • Lost and Gone Forever

    Saturday, July 28, 2012

    Join a ranger to learn about the challenge and threats that face this national park, and how the actions we take every day affect the health and biodiversity of the Smokies. More

  • Junior Ranger: Getting Home From School

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

    How do you get home from school? A hundred years ago mountain kids didn’t ride the bus or get picked up in a car. They WALKED! And then there were chores to do when you got there. Get your blood pumpin’ and learn about kids’ lives in the mountains More

  • Cotton Kills: Safe Hiking in the Smokies

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

    Learn how to be prepared for any challenges the trail presents, from bugs to bears to bad weather. More

  • Historic Mountain Farm Museum Tour

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

    Take a short guided stroll and learn about farm life in the past against the backdrop of century-old log buildings. More

  • Junior Ranger: Explore Cades Cove

    Monday, July 30, 2012

    Bring the family for a hands-on exploration of the Cove. More

  • Hike to Grotto Falls

    Monday, July 30, 2012

    Hike with a ranger through an old growth forest to one of the most popular waterfalls in the park. More

  • If I Need It, I’ll Build It

    Monday, July 30, 2012

    “I’ve got my little cot, a chair, a stove, frying pan, and my pistol. What more does a man need?” Join a park ranger and be amazed at the answer. More

  • River Ramble

    Monday, July 30, 2012

    Relax and cool off along a mountain stream. This easy walk with a ranger offers you an amazing opportunity to explore the Smokies only minutes from your car. More

  • Junior Ranger: Nature Detectives

    Monday, July 30, 2012

    Do you have what it takes to be a nature detective? Join a ranger to find evidence of what the natural world is telling us. More

  • Junior Ranger: Where the WILD Things Are

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

    Join a ranger to improve your understanding and appreciation of park wildlife and how we can all help do our part keeping the “wild” in wildlife. More

  • Anikituwahgi: The Cherokees of the Appalachians

    Tuesday, July 31, 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. After the program, you can try your skill with an authentic Cherokee blowgun! More

  • Ranger Guided Hike to Chasteen Creek Waterfall

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

    Pack a snack and water and join a ranger on a moderate 3-mile round-trip hike along Bradley Fork to Chasteen Creek Falls. More

  • Lunch with a Ranger

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

    Bring your lunch and your curiosity and join a ranger for some noon-time conversation. Ask questions, share your experiences, and make new friends! More

  • Junior Ranger: Cherokee Pottery

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

    Cherokees have been making pottery for…how long? Come find out, and leave with a piece of pottery that you have created using the same methods employed by Qualla Boundary master craftspeople. More

  • Junior Ranger: Smokies’ Best Dam Builders

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

    Who is the best dam builder in the Smokies? The beaver, of course! Come learn how beavers change the environment to their own advantage. More

  • Birding in the High Country

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

    Discover some of the resident and migrant birds near a high elevation gap. Pick up identification tips, learn bird sounds, and find out about current issues affecting birds. Come for one or more walks. Bring binoculars. More

  • Junior Ranger: One of the Family

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

    Mama Bear, Poppa Bear, and Baby Bear live happily together. Or do they? Join the ranger and discover the truths and myths about these popular creatures known as black bear. More

  • We’ll Leave the Latch String Out for You…

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

    Learn about Elijah Oliver, his family, and their homestead. Hear stories about life in the Cove. 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

  • Junior Ranger: Scavenger Hunt

    Thursday, August 2, 2012

    If you would like to hone your observation skills in order to search for the unseen, gather on the porch at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. More

  • Nature’s Musical Instrument: Waterfalls Walk

    Thursday, August 2, 2012

    Discover the beauty of Juney Whank Falls, Indian Creek Falls, and Tom Branch Falls. More

  • Hike to Laurel Falls and the Old-Growth Forest

    Thursday, August 2, 2012

    This guided walk takes you to one of the Smokies prettiest and best-known waterfalls and continues ½ mile beyond to explore an old-growth forest. Enjoy a portion or the entire walk. More

  • Bears, Birds, and Black-bellies—Old Naturalist Tales

    Thursday, August 2, 2012

    Join a long-time ranger/naturalist to hear some true stories of his many critter encounters. Bring your voice and come a bit early for a good ole Smokies’ sing-along. More

  • Junior Ranger: Explore Cades Cove

    Friday, August 3, 2012

    Bring the family for a hands-on exploration of the Cove. More

  • Advanced Salamandering

    Friday, August 3, 2012

    For those who have completed at least one salamander program in the Smokies, join a ranger for an in-depth discovery and study of some of the 13 species of salamanders that have been found in one area of the park. More

  • Keeping it Native

    Friday, August 3, 2012

    Want to create a Smokies setting at home? All park plants are protected, but you can join us on this easy walk to learn the characteristics and needs of Smokies species for the home landscape. See how using native plants helps preserve biodiversity. More

  • Seed to Table

    Friday, August 3, 2012

    Have you ever wondered where your food comes from and how it gets to your table? Explore our heirloom vegetable garden and the many ways we grow our food. More

  • Hike to Fern Branch Falls

    Friday, August 3, 2012

    Enjoy a beautiful walk through the forest to one of the Smokies’ hidden waterfalls. Learn a little about the history of the Big Greenbrier Community along the way. More

  • Ranger Guided Wagon Ride

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

    Climb aboard the wagon ride at Smokemont Riding Stables for a Ranger-guided tour of the old Oconaluftee Turnpike. Limit 6 people. More

  • Junior Ranger: Art in the Park

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

    Be inspired by the beauty of the Smokies and create a piece of art to take home! More

  • Deep Creek Night Hike

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

    Explore Smokies nightlife. Limited to 25 participants. Call 828/497-1904 up to four days in advance for reservations. More

  • Cosby Nature Stroll

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

    Take a late afternoon walk along one of the prettiest and most interesting Nature Trails in the park. Discover how natural and human histories are intertwined here. More

  • What’s In a Name? Place Names of the Smokies

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

    Is it Sharp Top or White Rock? How about Mt. Cammerer? And just what did happen on Mellinger Death Ridge? Explore the colorful history of place names in the Smokies with a park ranger. More

  • Lost and Gone Forever

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

    Join a ranger to learn about the challenge and threats that face this national park, and how the actions we take every day affect the health and biodiversity of the Smokies. 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

  • Junior Ranger: Getting Home From School

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

    How do you get home from school? A hundred years ago mountain kids didn’t ride the bus or get picked up in a car. They WALKED! And then there were chores to do when you got there. Get your blood pumpin’ and learn about kids’ lives in the mountains More

  • Cotton Kills: Safe Hiking in the Smokies

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

    Learn how to be prepared for any challenges the trail presents, from bugs to bears to bad weather. More

  • Historic Mountain Farm Museum Tour

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

    Take a short guided stroll and learn about farm life in the past against the backdrop of century-old log buildings. More

  • Junior Ranger: Explore Cades Cove

    Monday, August 6, 2012

    Bring the family for a hands-on exploration of the Cove. More

  • Hike to Grotto Falls

    Monday, August 6, 2012

    Hike with a ranger through an old growth forest to one of the most popular waterfalls in the park. More

  • If I Need It, I’ll Build It

    Monday, August 6, 2012

    “I’ve got my little cot, a chair, a stove, frying pan, and my pistol. What more does a man need?” Join a park ranger and be amazed at the answer. More

  • River Ramble

    Monday, August 6, 2012

    Relax and cool off along a mountain stream. This easy walk with a ranger offers you an amazing opportunity to explore the Smokies only minutes from your car. More

  • Junior Ranger: Nature Detectives

    Monday, August 6, 2012

    Do you have what it takes to be a nature detective? Join a ranger to find evidence of what the natural world is telling us. More

  • Junior Ranger: Where the WILD Things Are

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

    Join a ranger to improve your understanding and appreciation of park wildlife and how we can all help do our part keeping the “wild” in wildlife. More

  • Anikituwahgi: The Cherokees of the Appalachians

    Tuesday, August 7, 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. After the program, you can try your skill with an authentic Cherokee blowgun! More

  • Ranger Guided Hike to Chasteen Creek Waterfall

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

    Pack a snack and water and join a ranger on a moderate 3-mile round-trip hike along Bradley Fork to Chasteen Creek Falls. More

  • Lunch with a Ranger

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

    Bring your lunch and your curiosity and join a ranger for some noon-time conversation. Ask questions, share your experiences, and make new friends! More

  • Junior Ranger: Cherokee Pottery

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

    Cherokees have been making pottery for…how long? Come find out, and leave with a piece of pottery that you have created using the same methods employed by Qualla Boundary master craftspeople. More

  • Junior Ranger: Smokies’ Best Dam Builders

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

    Who is the best dam builder in the Smokies? The beaver, of course! Come learn how beavers change the environment to their own advantage. More

  • Birding in the High Country

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

    Discover some of the resident and migrant birds near a high elevation gap. Pick up identification tips, learn bird sounds, and find out about current issues affecting birds. Come for one or more walks. Bring binoculars. More

  • Junior Ranger: One of the Family

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

    Mama Bear, Poppa Bear, and Baby Bear live happily together. Or do they? Join the ranger and discover the truths and myths about these popular creatures known as black bear. More

  • We’ll Leave the Latch String Out for You…

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

    Learn about Elijah Oliver, his family, and their homestead. Hear stories about life in the Cove. 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

  • Junior Ranger: Scavenger Hunt

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

    If you would like to hone your observation skills in order to search for the unseen, gather on the porch at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. More

  • Nature’s Musical Instrument: Waterfalls Walk

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

    Discover the beauty of Juney Whank Falls, Indian Creek Falls, and Tom Branch Falls. More

  • Hike to Laurel Falls and the Old-Growth Forest

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

    This guided walk takes you to one of the Smokies prettiest and best-known waterfalls and continues ½ mile beyond to explore an old-growth forest. Enjoy a portion or the entire walk. More

  • Bears, Birds, and Black-bellies—Old Naturalist Tales

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

    Join a long-time ranger/naturalist to hear some true stories of his many critter encounters. Bring your voice and come a bit early for a good ole Smokies’ sing-along. More

  • Junior Ranger: Explore Cades Cove

    Friday, August 10, 2012

    Bring the family for a hands-on exploration of the Cove. More

  • Advanced Salamandering

    Friday, August 10, 2012

    For those who have completed at least one salamander program in the Smokies, join a ranger for an in-depth discovery and study of some of the 13 species of salamanders that have been found in one area of the park. More

  • Keeping it Native

    Friday, August 10, 2012

    Want to create a Smokies setting at home? All park plants are protected, but you can join us on this easy walk to learn the characteristics and needs of Smokies species for the home landscape. See how using native plants helps preserve biodiversity. More

  • Seed to Table

    Friday, August 10, 2012

    Have you ever wondered where your food comes from and how it gets to your table? Explore our heirloom vegetable garden and the many ways we grow our food. More

  • Hike to Fern Branch Falls

    Friday, August 10, 2012

    Enjoy a beautiful walk through the forest to one of the Smokies’ hidden waterfalls. Learn a little about the history of the Big Greenbrier Community along the way. More

  • Ranger Guided Wagon Ride

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

    Climb aboard the wagon ride at Smokemont Riding Stables for a Ranger-guided tour of the old Oconaluftee Turnpike. Limit 6 people. More

  • Junior Ranger: Art in the Park

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

    Be inspired by the beauty of the Smokies and create a piece of art to take home! More

  • Deep Creek Night Hike

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

    Explore Smokies nightlife. Limited to 25 participants. Call 828/497-1904 up to four days in advance for reservations. More

  • Cosby Nature Stroll

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

    Take a late afternoon walk along one of the prettiest and most interesting Nature Trails in the park. Discover how natural and human histories are intertwined here. More

  • What’s In a Name? Place Names of the Smokies

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

    Is it Sharp Top or White Rock? How about Mt. Cammerer? And just what did happen on Mellinger Death Ridge? Explore the colorful history of place names in the Smokies with a park ranger. More

  • Lost and Gone Forever

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

    Join a ranger to learn about the challenge and threats that face this national park, and how the actions we take every day affect the health and biodiversity of the Smokies. 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

  • Autumn Arrives in the Smokies

    Sunday, September 16, 2012

    Join a ranger to discover the "wondrous" world of the Smokies in fall. Topics and demonstrations may vary. More

  • Predator Versus Prey!

    Sunday, September 16, 2012

    Are baby deer truly defenseless? Are black bears really vicious? Do they actually attack and eat baby deer or maybe us? Come find out about the different relationships between predators and prey here in the park. More

  • The Walker Sisters of Little Greenbrier

    Monday, September 17, 2012

    Join a ranger for a 2.2 mile roundtrip hike to learn about the famous Walker Sisters of Little Greenbrier. More

  • Down on the Farm

    Monday, September 17, 2012

    Walk down to the farm and see what pass time settlers may have been engaged in such as quilting, woodworking, gardening, or cooking. Activities vary. More

  • Cherokee Legends and Folklore

    Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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

  • Autumn Arrives in the Smokies

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012

    Join a ranger to discover the "wondrous" world of the Smokies in fall. Topics and demonstrations may vary. More

  • Cades Cove ‘Early Bird’ Hayride

    Thursday, September 20, 2012

    Join a ranger for an early morning open-air hayride viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of life in the Cove. More

  • Autumn Arrives in the Smokies

    Thursday, September 20, 2012

    Join a ranger to discover the "wondrous" world of the Smokies in fall. Topics and demonstrations may vary. More

  • History Hike: Why Did They Come Here? Why Do We?

    Thursday, September 20, 2012

    In the early 1800s the first white settlers began coming to the Sugarlands Valley to build a new life. Walk in their footsteps to find out why they chose this spot and how they made a life in these mountains. More

  • It Ain't Easy Bein' Green

    Thursday, September 20, 2012

    Ever wonder how the leaves go from glossy green to glowing gold or blazing orange? Wonder if it will be a good leaf color year? Come explore the components needed for natures paintbrush to fill the mountain side canvas with wonder More

  • Laurel Falls Hike

    Friday, September 21, 2012

    Come and hike to one of the most popular waterfalls in the Smokies. More

  • Autumn Arrives in the Smokies

    Friday, September 21, 2012

    Join a ranger to discover the "wondrous" world of the Smokies in fall. Topics and demonstrations may vary. 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

  • Let's Get Reintroduced

    Friday, September 21, 2012

    What native animal species were missing when the park was established? What happened to them? How did the park bring them back? Join a Ranger on the road to rediscovery! More

  • Autumn Arrives in the Smokies

    Saturday, September 22, 2012

    Join a ranger to discover the "wondrous" world of the Smokies in fall. Topics and demonstrations may vary. More

  • Down on the Farm

    Saturday, September 22, 2012

    Walk down to the farm and see what pass time settlers may have been engaged in such as quilting, woodworking, gardening, or cooking. Activities vary. More

  • Devastation to Preservation

    Saturday, September 22, 2012

    Join a park ranger around a campfire and listen to stories of how Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established “for the enjoyment of future generations.” More

  • Autumn Arrives in the Smokies

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

    Join a ranger to discover the "wondrous" world of the Smokies in fall. Topics and demonstrations may vary. More

  • Predator Versus Prey!

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

    Are baby deer truly defenseless? Are black bears really vicious? Do they actually attack and eat baby deer or maybe us? Come find out about the different relationships between predators and prey here in the park. More

  • The Walker Sisters of Little Greenbrier

    Monday, September 24, 2012

    Join a ranger for a 2.2 mile roundtrip hike to learn about the famous Walker Sisters of Little Greenbrier. More

  • Down on the Farm

    Monday, September 24, 2012

    Walk down to the farm and see what pass time settlers may have been engaged in such as quilting, woodworking, gardening, or cooking. Activities vary. More

  • Cherokee Legends and Folklore

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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

  • Autumn Arrives in the Smokies

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

    Join a ranger to discover the "wondrous" world of the Smokies in fall. Topics and demonstrations may vary. More

  • Cades Cove ‘Early Bird’ Hayride

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

    Join a ranger for an early morning open-air hayride viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of life in the Cove. More

  • Autumn Arrives in the Smokies

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

    Join a ranger to discover the "wondrous" world of the Smokies in fall. Topics and demonstrations may vary. More

  • History Hike: Why Did They Come Here? Why Do We?

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

    In the early 1800s the first white settlers began coming to the Sugarlands Valley to build a new life. Walk in their footsteps to find out why they chose this spot and how they made a life in these mountains. More

  • It Ain't Easy Bein' Green

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

    Ever wonder how the leaves go from glossy green to glowing gold or blazing orange? Wonder if it will be a good leaf color year? Come explore the components needed for natures paintbrush to fill the mountain side canvas with wonder More

  • Laurel Falls Hike

    Friday, September 28, 2012

    Come and hike to one of the most popular waterfalls in the Smokies. More

  • Autumn Arrives in the Smokies

    Friday, September 28, 2012

    Join a ranger to discover the "wondrous" world of the Smokies in fall. Topics and demonstrations may vary. 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

  • Let's Get Reintroduced

    Friday, September 28, 2012

    What native animal species were missing when the park was established? What happened to them? How did the park bring them back? Join a Ranger on the road to rediscovery! More

  • Autumn Arrives in the Smokies

    Saturday, September 29, 2012

    Join a ranger to discover the "wondrous" world of the Smokies in fall. Topics and demonstrations may vary. More

  • Down on the Farm

    Saturday, September 29, 2012

    Walk down to the farm and see what pass time settlers may have been engaged in such as quilting, woodworking, gardening, or cooking. Activities vary. More

  • Devastation to Preservation

    Saturday, September 29, 2012

    Join a park ranger around a campfire and listen to stories of how Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established “for the enjoyment of future generations.” More

  • Autumn Arrives in the Smokies

    Sunday, September 30, 2012

    Join a ranger to discover the "wondrous" world of the Smokies in fall. Topics and demonstrations may vary. More

  • Predator Versus Prey!

    Sunday, September 30, 2012

    Are baby deer truly defenseless? Are black bears really vicious? Do they actually attack and eat baby deer or maybe us? Come find out about the different relationships between predators and prey here in the park. More

Did You Know?

An experimental program to reintroduce elk to the park was begun in 2001.

An experimental program to reintroduce elk to the park was begun in 2001. Elk once roamed the Smokies, but were eliminated from the region in the mid 1800s by over-hunting and loss of habitat. Other animals successfully reintroduced to the park include river otters and barn owls. More...