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.

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: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
    • Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Thursday, September 22, 2016

    Everyday from 09/18/2016 to 10/22/2016

    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

    Autumn Amble

    • Time: 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Location: Varies, Sugarlands/Elkmont Area
    • Fees: Free
    Thursday, September 22, 2016

    Every Thursday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly from 09/22/2016 to 10/29/2016

    Join a ranger to discover the wondrous world of the Smokies in fall. Locations will vary as the leaf color peaks at different elevations.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Creation of a Park

    • Time: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    • Location: Newfound Gap
    • Fees: Free
    Thursday, September 22, 2016

    Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly from 09/21/2016 to 10/28/2016

    Drop by anytime between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to chat with a ranger about how the Smokies was created. This unique story in sure to intrigue the whole family.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Hike to Andrews Bald

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    • Location: Forney Ridge Trailhead
    • Fees: Free
    Thursday, September 22, 2016

    Every Thursday Weekly from 09/22/2016 to 10/13/2016

    Toss your day pack in the car and join a ranger on a 3.6 mile round trip stroll through one of the Smoky Mountains' most interesting ecosystems.

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107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738


(865) 436-1200
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