August 31, 2017
NPS Releases Review of Chimney Tops 2 Fire
Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke issued an independent review of the Chimney Tops 2 Fire that burned 11,410 acres in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in November 2016 and merged with other area fires, which caused 14 deaths and millions of dollars in damage in the Gatlinburg area. The report outlines the origins and growth of the Chimney Tops 2 Fire within the boundaries of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It identifies a number of factors that contributed to the growth of the fire over the course of six days within the park before the fire moved beyond the park boundaries to merge with other fires and become the Sevier County fires. The report also provides a summary of findings and recommendations regarding the park’s fire management planning and response capabilities.
April 25, 2017
2017 Synchronous Firefly Viewing Dates
Park officials have announced the dates for firefly viewing in Elkmont. Shuttle service to the viewing area will be provided on Tuesday, May 30 through Tuesday, June 6. All visitors wishing to view the synchronous fireflies at Elkmont must have a parking pass distributed through the lottery system at www.recreation.gov.
February 24, 2017
Park Announces Solar Eclipse Event
Park officials announced event plans for the Great American Total Eclipse occurring on Monday, August 21, 2017. The park is offering an opportunity to experience the total eclipse through a special, ticketed event at Clingmans Dome as well as informal eclipse viewing sites at Cades Cove and Oconaluftee.
February 24, 2017
Elkmont Historic District Work Underway
Park officials announced that work is underway in the Elkmont Historic District to preserve four structures and to remove 29 others as specified in the 2009 Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) among the National Park Service, Tennessee State Historic Office, and Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.
January 12, 2017
Park Sets Visitation Record in 2016
Throughout the year, the park encouraged people to experience the park in honor of the
National Park Service Centennial. In 2016, a record 11,312,785 people visited the national
park, a 5.6% increase over 2015.
December 22, 2016
Park Lifts Campfire Ban Effective Friday, Dec. 23
Park officials will lift the fire ban on Friday, December 23. Campfires and open grills have been banned in frontcountry and backcountry sites during recent weeks as a result of extreme drought conditions. Beginning Friday, visitors can have campfires in established backcountry campsite fire rings and resume the use of grills and campfires in frontcountry campsites and picnic areas.
November 30, 2016
LeConte Lodge and Elkmont Area Undamaged by Fire
Park Officials have announced that LeConte Lodge and the Element Campground and Historic Districts sustained no damage from the fire activities in the park on Monday evening.