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Explore the park with a ranger!

Ranger-led programs are offered spring through fall. Use the calendar below to find information about the park's ranger-guided programs, special events, volunteer opportunities, and more! The spring schedule of events is posted in mid-March; the summer schedule in early June; and the fall schedule in early September.

Check out our Not-So-Junior Ranger program, designed for rangers between the ages of 13 and 130!

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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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    A Walk in the Woods

    • Time: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
    • Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, October 6, 2017

    Everyday from 09/16/2017 to 10/28/2017

    Do you have a few minutes? Get away from the hustle and bustle by taking an easy stroll and discover stories of history and nature along this scenic, wooded trail.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Branching Out

    • Time: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    • Location: Elkmont Nature Trail
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, October 6, 2017

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly from 09/17/2017 to 10/27/2017

    The Smokies are home to over 130 species of trees. Explore the dramatic forest and find out what the trees can tell us about their ecosystem.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Down on the Farm

    • Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 AM
    • Location: Mountain Farm Museum
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, October 6, 2017

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly from 09/17/2017 to 10/27/2017

    Walk down to the farm and see what activities may have kept families busy yesterday and today. Activities vary.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Evening Campfire

    • Time: 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
    • Location: Elkmont Campground
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, October 6, 2017

    Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly from 09/16/2017 to 10/28/2017

    Join a ranger for a National Park tradition—the evening campfire program. Topics vary, but you’re guaranteed to learn something new about the Great Smoky Mountains.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Evening Hayride

    • Time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    • Location: Cades Cove Riding Stables
    • Fees: $14.00 per person
    Friday, October 6, 2017

    Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly from 09/20/2017 to 10/27/2017

    Enjoy a ranger-led open air hayride viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of Cades Cove. Fee: $14 per person.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Hike with a Naturalist

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, October 6, 2017

    Every Tuesday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly from 09/19/2017 to 10/27/2017

    Get outside, connect with nature, and explore the Smokies!

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger Explorer

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    • Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, October 6, 2017

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly from 09/17/2017 to 10/22/2017

    Explore life beneath the trees. Come prepared to get your hands dirty as we reveal what is hidden on the forest floor. Easy to Moderate.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Porch Talk

    • Time: 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    • Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, October 6, 2017

    Everyday from 09/16/2017 to 10/28/2017

    Did you know that the Smokies is one of the most diverse places in the world? Join a ranger to learn more during this "Ranger's Choice" style program.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    No Nails Needed

    • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM
    • Location: Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, October 6, 2017

    Every Friday Weekly from 09/22/2017 to 10/27/2017

    Have you ever wondered how the wooden structures on the farm are held together? Join a ranger to learn how buildings were constructed in Southern Appalachia without using nails!

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Talking Tombstones

    • Time: 3:00 PM to 3:45 PM
    • Location: Jakes Creek Trailhead
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, October 6, 2017

    Every Friday Weekly from 09/22/2017 to 10/27/2017

    The Smokies preserves almost 200 cemeteries. Researching a cemetery can be lots of work but very informative and entertaining. Come and experience the stories the tombstones share with us.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Back Porch Old-Time Music Jam

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, October 7, 2017

    Bring an acoustic instrument and join in on this old-time jam. Or just sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds as others play traditional Appalachian music.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Freshwater Wilderness

    • Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
    • Location: Little River Trailhead
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, October 7, 2017

    Every Saturday Weekly from 09/16/2017 to 10/28/2017

    Join a Ranger to learn more about the complex world of plants and animals found in and around our mountain streams. Easy.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger Program

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    • Location: Cades Cove Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, October 7, 2017

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly from 09/16/2017 to 10/15/2017

    Join a Park Ranger for a hands-on exploration of the Smokies. Participation counts towards credit for earning a Junior Ranger badge and certificate.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Longing for the "Good Ol' Days"

    • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM
    • Location: Mountain Farm Museum at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, October 7, 2017

    Every Saturday Weekly from 09/16/2017 to 10/28/2017

    You've heard it before, but was it really the "good ol' days?" Join a ranger for a walk on the Mountain Farm Museum and learn about the "new comers" who settled here and farmed this land.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Porters Creek Hike

    • Time: 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
    • Location: Porters Creek Trailhead
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, October 7, 2017

    Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly from 09/16/2017 to 10/28/2017

    Enjoy this walk along beautiful Porters Creek to discover signs of the past - things in Greenbrier Cove have changed both so much and so little over time. Easy.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    WILD by Design

    • Time: 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Cades Cove Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, October 7, 2017

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly from 09/16/2017 to 10/28/2017

    A short talk and demonstration about the wild things in the park.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Autumn Amble

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Location: Varies, Sugarlands/Elkmont Area
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, October 8, 2017

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Wednesday Weekly from 09/17/2017 to 10/25/2017

    Join a ranger to discover the wondrous world of the Smokies in fall. Locations will vary as the leaf color peaks at different elevations. Limited to 25 participants. Call (865) 436-1291 to sign up! Moderate difficulty.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk

    • Time: 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
    • Location: Palmer House, Cataloochee Valley
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, October 8, 2017

    Every Sunday Weekly from 09/17/2017 to 10/22/2017

    It’s all about connection and balance in nature to ensure survival for elk and other species living together in an ecosystem. Learn about the history of the elk through “show and tell” activities. Then stay and watch the elk come into the fields!

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Old Town of Elkmont

    • Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Elkmont Ranger Station
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, October 8, 2017

    Every Sunday Weekly from 09/17/2017 to 10/22/2017

    Take an afternoon stroll with a ranger and learn about Elkmont when it was a turn-of-the-century logging boomtown.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Smokemont History Walk

    • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Location: Bradley Fork Trailhead Smokemont Campground
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, October 8, 2017

    Every Sunday Weekly from 09/17/2017 to 10/22/2017

    Join a Ranger for a short walk to the former home site of Julius Carver and discover what life was like for families living in the area before the park.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Sugarlands Night Hike

    • Time: 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
    • Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, October 8, 2017

    Every Sunday Weekly from 09/24/2017 to 10/22/2017

    Challenge your senses and experience the mystery of the Smokies after dark.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Little River Night Hike

    • Time: 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
    • Location: Little River Trailhead
    • Fees: Free
    Monday, October 9, 2017

    Every Monday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly from 09/18/2017 to 10/26/2017

    Challenge your senses and experience the mystery of the Smokies after dark.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Oconaluftee Elk

    • Time: 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    • Location: Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    • Fees: Free
    Monday, October 9, 2017

    Every Monday Weekly from 09/18/2017 to 10/23/2017

    Have you ever wondered how a bull elk's antlers grow or how elk stay warm in the winter? Join a Ranger to discover the answers to these questions and much more. Easy. Accessible.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Ranger Skills

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    • Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Monday, October 9, 2017

    Every Monday Weekly from 09/18/2017 to 10/23/2017

    Join a ranger to learn a new set of skills designed to help you get the most out of your Great Smoky Mountain experience. Easy to Moderate.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Coffee with a Ranger

    • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Location: Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Tuesday, October 10, 2017

    Every Tuesday Weekly from 09/19/2017 to 10/24/2017

    Join a Ranger for a cup of coffee and find out what’s happening in the park! Coffee provided. Bring a cup if you have one.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Return of the Elk

    • Time: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
    • Location: Cataloochee Valley, Rough Fork Trailhead
    • Fees: Free
    Tuesday, October 10, 2017

    Come enjoy a guided hike to the elk acclimation pen and explore how, when, and why the elk returned to the Smokies. Moderate.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    School Days at Little Greenbrier

    • Time: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM,2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    • Location: Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area
    • Fees: Free
    Tuesday, October 10, 2017

    Every Tuesday Weekly from 09/19/2017 to 10/24/2017

    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.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Forecasting the Future with Mother Nature

    • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM
    • Location: Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    • Fees: Free
    Wednesday, October 11, 2017

    Every Wednesday Weekly from 09/20/2017 to 10/25/2017

    How do you tell if this will be a hard winter or a mild one? What about snow this year? How did people in the past use nature to forecast the upcoming winter? Join park staff and explore the possibilities this year.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    What Smokey Bear Didn't Tell You -- Wildland Fire Ecology

    • Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    • Fees: Free
    Wednesday, October 11, 2017

    Every Wednesday Weekly from 09/20/2017 to 10/25/2017

    Not all fire is bad. Naturally occurring wildland fire has shaped the forests throughout our land, creating the forests as we know them. Join the conversation with a Park Ranger to learn how fire benefits the forest health.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Aw Shucks

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    • Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Thursday, October 12, 2017

    Every Thursday Weekly from 09/21/2017 to 10/26/2017

    Come and experience the art of making a simple cornshuck doll while gaining historical insight of the diversity of corn in the region. Limit 25. Call 865-436-1291 to sign up!

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    River Ramble

    • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Location: Oconaluftee River Trailhead, adjacent to Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Thursday, October 12, 2017

    Every Thursday Weekly from 09/21/2017 to 10/26/2017

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

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Welcome Home!

    • Time: 5:30 PM to 6:15 PM
    • Location: Palmer House, Cataloochee Valley
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, October 13, 2017

    After more than a century of absence, the elk have returned. Join a member of our Elk Bugle Corp to hear the story of the return of the largest mammal in the Great Smoky Mountains.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Hike Bradleytown to Campground

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Smokemont Campground Ranger Station
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, October 14, 2017

    Take a stroll through time from early Bradleytown to the present to learn how this area transformed from a forested haven to a barren wasteland and back again.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Basketmaking Demonstration

    • Time: 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Cades Cove Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, October 21, 2017

    Learn the craft of basketmaking.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Blacksmith Demonstration

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Blacksmith building near the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, October 21, 2017

    Learn the art of blacksmithing and why it was important in the Cades Cove community.

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Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Phone:

(865) 436-1200

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