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
Chimney Tops 2 Fire Update
Chimney Tops 2 Fire is currently burning in brush, hardwood slash, and leaf litter. Fire crews are working to assess fire damage and coordinate with local resources to provide structure protection.
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.
November 15, 2016
Park Issues Ban on All Campfires and Open Grills
Park officials have issued a ban on all campfires and use of fire grills throughout the park effective immediately.
November 01, 2016
Park Restricts Campfires in the Backcounty
A temporary ban on campfires in the park’s backcountry is effective immediately. Due to extremely dry weather and the amount of leaf litter on the ground, the potential for escaped fires has dramatically increased. The fire restriction will be in effect until further notice.