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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

April 07, 2017
Elkmont Project Schedule Update
Park officials have announced a schedule update for the Elkmont Historic District demolition project.

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.

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.


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