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Join a ranger-guided program to learn about the park.

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!

 

How to use the Search for Events feature

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: 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center Patio
    • Fees: free
    Tuesday, October 16, 2018

    Everyday from 09/16/2018 to 10/27/2018

    Get away from the hussle and Bussle on an easy stroll with a ranger

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    John P. Cable Mill

    • Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Location: Cable Mill Area
    • Fees: free
    Tuesday, October 16, 2018

    Everyday from 09/16/2018 to 10/27/2018

    Turn Corn into meal

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: School Days at Little Greenbrier

    • Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM,2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Little Greenbrier School
    • Fees: Free, space is limited, please arrive 15 minutes early
    Tuesday, October 16, 2018

    Every Tuesday Weekly from 09/18/2018 to 10/23/2018

    Go back in time to discover what it was like to live in a mountain community.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Precious Memories

    • Time: 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM,1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
    • Location: Cades Cove Primitive Baptist Church
    • Fees: Free
    Tuesday, October 16, 2018

    Every Tuesday Weekly from 10/09/2018 to 10/23/2018

    Find out how the church influenced the Cove and its residents.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Sugarlands Night Hike

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    • Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Tuesday, October 16, 2018

    Every Tuesday Weekly from 09/18/2018 to 10/23/2018

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

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    What's Big,Black and Stinky?

    • Time: 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    • Fees: free
    Tuesday, October 16, 2018

    Every Tuesday Weekly from 09/18/2018 to 10/23/2018

    Bears!

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    What's the Rut?

    • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
    • Location: Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    • Fees: free
    Tuesday, October 16, 2018

    Every Tuesday Weekly from 09/18/2018 to 10/23/2018

    It's time for the Elk to get amorous!

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Forecasting the Future with Mother Nature

    • Location: Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    • Fees: Free
    Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    Every Wednesday Weekly from 09/19/2018 to 10/24/2018

    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

    Junior Ranger: Aw Shucks

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    • Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    Every Wednesday Weekly from 09/19/2018 to 10/24/2018

    Come and experience the art of making a simple cornshuck doll while gaining historical insight of the diversity of corn in the region.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    A history of the White Blaze

    • Time: 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
    • Location: Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    • Fees: free
    Thursday, October 18, 2018

    Every Thursday Weekly from 09/20/2018 to 10/25/2018

    Did you know 72 miles of the Appalachian Trail goes through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park?

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Long live the Queen!

    • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
    • Location: Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    • Fees: free
    Thursday, October 18, 2018

    Every Thursday Weekly from 09/20/2018 to 10/25/2018

    Join a ranger to get the Buzz on honeybees

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Tree Tales

    • Location: Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail
    • Fees: free
    Thursday, October 18, 2018

    Every Thursday Weekly from 09/20/2018 to 10/25/2018

    Enjoy a leisurely half mile hike with a ranger

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Evening Campfire

    • Location: Elkmont Campground
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, October 19, 2018

    Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly from 09/21/2018 to 10/27/2018

    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

    Explore the Smokies

    • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
    • Location: Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    • Fees: free
    Friday, October 19, 2018

    Every Friday Weekly from 09/21/2018 to 10/26/2018

    Wonder what there is to see and do in the Smokies?

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Islands in the Sky

    • Time: 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM
    • Location: Viewing area below Clingmans Dome Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, October 19, 2018

    Every Friday Weekly from 09/21/2018 to 10/26/2018

    The high elevation forest of the Smokies is one of the most interesting and endangered ecosystems in the Eastern U.S. Come to learn more about makes this beautiful area unique.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Mammal Mania!

    • Time: 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Oconaluftee Visitor Center South Porch
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, October 19, 2018

    Every Friday Weekly from 09/21/2018 to 10/26/2018

    Otters and rabbits and bears, Oh my! Join a ranger for a hand's on discover of mammals in the park.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Science at Sugarlands

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, October 19, 2018

    Join a scientist on the 3rd Friday of the month to learn about and engage in on-going scientific research happening inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Topics vary every month.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Science Behind the Seasons

    • Time: 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
    • Location: Newfound Gap
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, October 19, 2018

    Every Friday Weekly from 09/21/2018 to 10/26/2018

    Come Learn the Science behind the Seasons

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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 20, 2018

    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

    Blacksmith Demonstration

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Cades Cove Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, October 20, 2018

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

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger Program in Cades Cove

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    • Location: Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area halfway around the Loop Road
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, October 20, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly from 10/06/2018 to 10/27/2018

    Join a Park Ranger for a hands-on exploration of the Smokies.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Salamanders of the Smokies

    • Time: 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, October 20, 2018

    Every Saturday Weekly from 09/22/2018 to 10/27/2018

    Join a Ranger to explore the world of salamanders.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Seasons of the Elk

    • Time: 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
    • Location: Palmer House Cataloochee Valley
    • Fees: FREE
    Saturday, October 20, 2018

    Join a Ranger and learn about the largest animal in the park.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Wild by Design

    • Location: Cades Cove Visitor Center/ Cable Mill Area
    • Fees: free
    Saturday, October 20, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly from 10/06/2018 to 10/27/2018

    Wild things in the park.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    WILD by Design

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM,2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
    • Location: Cades Cove Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, October 20, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly from 09/16/2018 to 10/27/2018

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

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    A resilient Forest

    • Time: 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    • Location: Carlos Campbell Overlook
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, October 21, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly from 09/16/2018 to 10/21/2018

    Wildfire is an agent of change. Join a ranger to learn about fire's effect on the landscape.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Branching Out

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Location: Elkmont Nature Trail
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, October 21, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly from 09/16/2018 to 10/21/2018

    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

    Coffee with a Ranger

    • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Location: Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, October 21, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly from 09/16/2018 to 10/21/2018

    Join a Ranger for a cup of coffee and find out what's happening in the park!

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Down on the Farm

    • Time: 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
    • Location: Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, October 21, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly from 09/16/2018 to 10/21/2018

    Walk down to the farm and see what activities may have kept families busy in the past, such as hearth cooking, woodworking, or gardening. Demonstration activities vary. Stop by at any time during the program.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk

    • Time: 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
    • Location: Palmer House, Cataloochee Valley
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, October 21, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly from 09/16/2018 to 10/21/2018

    Learn about the park's elk and discover the best places in the park to see and hear them.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Nature's Narrative

    • Time: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
    • Location: Cove Hardwood Nature Trail (inside Chimney's Picnic Area)
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, October 21, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly from 09/16/2018 to 10/21/2018

    Learn about the area and discover signs of the past

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Birding for Beginners

    • Location: Little River Trailhead
    • Fees: free
    Monday, October 22, 2018

    Every Monday Weekly from 09/17/2018 to 10/22/2018

    Join a ranger for a morning walk.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Little River Evening Amble

    • Time: 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
    • Location: Little River Trailhead
    • Fees: Free
    Monday, October 22, 2018

    Every Monday Weekly from 09/17/2018 to 10/22/2018

    Join a Ranger at twilight to explore intriguing transformations within the Smokies as daylight wanes to darkness. Limited to 25 participants. Call 865-436-1291 up to 4 days in advance to make reservations.

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Mailing Address:

107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Phone:

(865) 436-1200

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