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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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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Andrews Bald Hike for Families

    • Time: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Forney Ridge Trailhead at Clingmans Dome parking area
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, July 24, 2016

    Every Sunday Weekly from 06/19/2016 to 08/07/2016

    Join a ranger for a day-hike to the most accessible of the Smokies' grassy balds.

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    A Walk in the Woods

    • Time: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
    • Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, July 24, 2016

    Everyday from 06/12/2016 to 08/13/2016

    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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    Down on the Farm

    • Time: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    • Location: Mountain Farm Museum
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, July 24, 2016

    Every Sunday Weekly from 06/12/2016 to 08/07/2016

    Walk down to the farm and see what activities settlers may have engaged in such as fence building, woodworking, or gardening. Activities vary.

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    Junior Ranger: Creepy Critters

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    • Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, July 24, 2016

    Every Sunday Weekly from 06/12/2016 to 08/07/2016

    Join a ranger on this adventure into the dark and mysterious world of bugs and macro-invertebrates. Get up close and personal with the use of equipment such as "sucky-uppy-things", leaf litter boxes and magnifying glasses.

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    Junior Ranger: Explore Cades Cove

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    • Location: Cades Cove Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, July 24, 2016

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly from 06/12/2016 to 08/13/2016

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

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    Junior Ranger: Geology Rocks!

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    • Location: Newfound Gap Overlook
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, July 24, 2016

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Wednesday Weekly from 06/12/2016 to 08/10/2016

    Amaze your friends with newfound knowledge about how these mountains were born and how they have changed over time.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk

    • Time: 5:30 PM to 6:15 PM
    • Location: Palmer House, Cataloochee Valley
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, July 24, 2016

    Every Sunday Weekly from 06/12/2016 to 08/07/2016

    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: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
    • Location: Elkmont Ranger Station
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, July 24, 2016

    Every Sunday Weekly from 06/12/2016 to 08/07/2016

    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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    WILD by Design

    • Time: 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill Area
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, July 24, 2016

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly from 06/12/2016 to 08/13/2016

    A talk and hands-on demonstration about the wild things in the park.

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    Islands in the Sky

    • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Location: Forney Ridge Trailhead
    • Fees: Free
    Monday, July 25, 2016

    Every Monday Weekly & Every Wednesday Weekly from 06/15/2016 to 08/10/2016

    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: Animal Olympics

    • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM,1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    • Location: Cades Cove Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Monday, July 25, 2016

    Every Monday Weekly from 06/13/2016 to 08/08/2016

    This interactive and fun activity compares your abilities to the animals of the park.

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    Junior Ranger: Blacksmithing

    • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM,11:30 AM to 12:15 PM,1:00 PM to 1:45 PM,2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    • Location: Cades Cove Visitor Center/Blacksmith Shop, halfway around the Cades Cove Loop Road
    • Fees: Free, limited to youth 8-12 years old. Group size limited to 8 per program.
    Monday, July 25, 2016

    Every Monday Weekly from 06/20/2016 to 08/08/2016

    Join a ranger in the blacksmith shop to learn about blacksmithing. Other Junior Ranger programs will be going on simultaneously for younger kids. Closed-toed shoes required.

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    Junior Ranger: Creature Feature

    • Time: 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
    • Location: Sugarland Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Monday, July 25, 2016

    Every Monday Weekly & Every Wednesday Weekly from 06/15/2016 to 08/10/2016

    Did you know that thousand and thousands of different kinds of plants and animals live in the Smokies? Join a ranger to learn about some of the creatures that live here during this "Ranger's Choice" style program.

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    Junior Ranger: Porch Program

    • Time: 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    • Location: Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    • Fees: Free
    Monday, July 25, 2016

    Every Monday Weekly from 06/20/2016 to 08/08/2016

    Join a ranger on the porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center to discover what makes Great Smoky Mountains National Park so special. Topics vary so feel free to come more than once!

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    Junior Ranger: Smokemont Night Hike

    • Time: 8:45 PM to 9:45 PM
    • Location: Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop Smokemont Campground
    • Fees: Free. Limited to 25 participants. Call (828) 497-1904 up to four days in advance to make reservations.
    Monday, July 25, 2016

    Every Monday Weekly from 06/20/2016 to 08/08/2016

    Ever wonder that goes "grrr" in the night? What creatures are out there moving under the cover of darkness? Take a walk on the dark side with a ranger and learn about some of the mysteries and wonders found only after the sun goes down.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Mammal Mania!

    • Time: 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
    • Location: Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    • Fees: Free
    Monday, July 25, 2016

    Every Monday Weekly from 06/20/2016 to 08/08/2016

    Otters and rabbits and bears, Oh my! Join a ranger for a hands-on discovery of mammals in the park.

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    Slimy Salamanders

    • Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Chimneys Picnic Area near Cove Hardwood Nature Trail
    • Fees: Free, Limited to 25 participants. Call (865) 436-1291 up to 4 days in advance to make reservations.
    Monday, July 25, 2016

    Every Monday Weekly & Every Wednesday Weekly from 06/13/2016 to 08/10/2016

    Join a Ranger to explore the damp, dark world of the park's most popular amphibian. Be prepared to get a little wet and even a little dirty as we search for this slimy creature. Closed-toed shoes recommended.

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    Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    • Location: Cades Cove Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Tuesday, July 26, 2016

    Every Tuesday Weekly from 06/14/2016 to 08/09/2016

    Roll up your pants and wade through a mountain stream to look for mayflies, stoneflies, dragonflies, and other aquatic critters. Be prepared to get wet. Closed toed shoes recommended.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cades Cove Evening Hayride

    • Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    • Location: Cades Cove Riding Stables
    • Fees: $14.00/person
    Tuesday, July 26, 2016

    Every Tuesday Weekly & Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly from 06/14/2016 to 08/12/2016

    Join a ranger for an evening open air hayride viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of life in the Cove. Hayrides can fill up quickly, first-come, first-serve for this program.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Highland Homeland

    • Time: 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Noah Bud Ogle Cabin
    • Fees: Free
    Tuesday, July 26, 2016

    Every Tuesday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly from 06/14/2016 to 08/11/2016

    Sit a spell on the front porch of the Ogle cabin and learn about the families who once lived here. Demonstrations and activities will vary throughout the season.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Batteries Not Included

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM,10:30 AM to 11:00 AM,11:30 AM to 12:00 PM,11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Location: Mountain Farm Museum, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Tuesday, July 26, 2016

    Every Tuesday Weekly from 06/14/2016 to 08/09/2016

    What kinds of toys did kids play with in the “old days?” Join a ranger to discover (or remember!) how kids were entertained before video games and iPods.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Blacksmithing (Oconaluftee)

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM,10:30 AM to 11:00 AM,11:00 AM to 11:30 AM,11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Mountain Farm Museum
    • Fees: Free
    Tuesday, July 26, 2016

    Every Tuesday Weekly from 06/21/2016 to 08/09/2016

    Learn a new skill. Be a blacksmith and create your own item to take home. Limited to ages 10-12. Other Junior Ranger programs will be going on simultaneously for younger kids.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: School Days at Little Greenbrier

    • Time: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM,2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    • Location: Little Greenbrier School
    • Fees: Free, space is limited, please arrive 15 minutes early
    Tuesday, July 26, 2016

    Every Tuesday Weekly from 06/14/2016 to 08/09/2016

    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. Fun for all ages, and great for Junior Rangers.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Yucky Animal Stuff

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
    • Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Tuesday, July 26, 2016

    Every Tuesday Weekly from 06/14/2016 to 08/09/2016

    Want to know some gross stuff about animals? Check out some skulls, smells, and scat. Learn some disgusting facts. Join a ranger for this fun and entertaining program.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Longing for the "Good Ol' Days"

    • Time: 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    • Location: Mountain Farm Museum at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Tuesday, July 26, 2016

    Every Tuesday Weekly from 06/14/2016 to 08/09/2016

    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: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Location: Porters Creek Trailhead
    Tuesday, July 26, 2016

    Every Tuesday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly from 06/14/2016 to 08/11/2016

    Enjoy this walk along beautiful Porters Creek to explore the Smokies' history, discover wildflowers, or learn about the role hikers played in the preservation of the park.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Evening Program: Most Dangerous

    • Time: 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
    • Location: Cades Cove Amphitheater
    • Fees: Free
    Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    Every Wednesday Weekly from 06/15/2016 to 08/10/2016

    Come learn about the most dangerous animals in the park and how you should behave when you meet them in this entertaining and humorous program.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Neighbors or Nuisances?

    • Time: 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM
    • Location: Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    • Fees: Free
    Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    Every Wednesday Weekly from 06/15/2016 to 08/10/2016

    Join park staff on the porch to learn about three small animals found right here around the Mountain Farm Museum. As cute as they may be, you decide whether they are friend or foe!

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    Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
    • Location: Oconaluftee River adjacent to Mountain Farm Museum
    • Fees: Free
    Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    Every Wednesday Weekly from 06/22/2016 to 08/10/2016

    Roll up your pants and wade through a mountain stream to look for mayflies, stoneflies, dragonflies and other aquatic critters.

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    Longing for the “Good Ol’ Days”

    • Time: 12:00 PM to 12:45 PM
    • Location: Mountain Farm Museum
    • Fees: Free
    Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    Every Wednesday Weekly from 06/22/2016 to 08/10/2016

    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

    Old-Time Toy Demonstration

    • Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill
    • Fees: Free
    Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    Every Wednesday Weekly from 05/25/2016 to 08/03/2016

    See how wooden toys were used back in Cades Cove's earlier days.

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    Cades Cove 'Early Bird' Morning Hayride

    • Time: 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
    • Location: Cades Cove Riding Stables
    • Fees: $14/person
    Thursday, July 28, 2016

    Every Thursday Weekly from 06/16/2016 to 08/11/2016

    Join a park ranger for a morning open-air hayride viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of life in the Cove. Hayrides can fill up quickly. First come, first serve for this program.

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    Cades Cove Night Hike

    • Time: 9:00 PM to 10:30 PM
    • Location: Orientation Shelter at the Entrance to the Loop Road
    • Fees: Free
    Thursday, July 28, 2016

    Every Thursday Weekly from 06/16/2016 to 08/11/2016

    Join a park ranger for an evening walk discovering the night creatures of the Cove. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a flashlight.

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    Junior Ranger: Creepy Critters

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    • Location: Mingus Creek Trail
    • Fees: Free
    Thursday, July 28, 2016

    Every Thursday Weekly from 06/23/2016 to 08/11/2016

    Join a Ranger on this adventure into the dark and mysterious world of bugs and macro-invertebrates. Get up close and personal with the use of equipment such as “sucky-uppy-things”, leaf litter boxes and magnifying glasses.

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    Junior Ranger: Slimy Salamanders

    • Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
    • Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Thursday, July 28, 2016

    Join a ranger to explore the damp, dark world of the park’s most popular amphibian. Be prepared to get a little wet and even a little dirty as we search for this slimy creature.

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    Junior Ranger: Slimy Salamanders

    • Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
    • Location: Mingus Creek Trail
    • Fees: Free
    Thursday, July 28, 2016

    Every Thursday Weekly from 06/23/2016 to 08/11/2016

    Join a ranger to explore the damp, dark world of the park's most popular amphibian. Be prepared to get a little wet and even a little dirty as we search for this slimy creature. Closed-toed shoes recommended.

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    Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
    • Location: Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area
    • Fees: Free
    Thursday, July 28, 2016

    Every Thursday Weekly from 06/16/2016 to 08/11/2016

    Roll up your pants and wade through a mountain stream to look for mayflies, stoneflies, dragonflies, and other aquatic critters. Be prepared to get wet. Closed-toe shoes recommended.

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    Kephart Prong Hike

    • Time: 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
    • Location: Kephart Prong Trailhead
    • Fees: Free
    Thursday, July 28, 2016

    Every Thursday Weekly from 06/23/2016 to 08/11/2016

    Join a Ranger and explore the remains of an old logging camp, which later became a Civilian Conservation Corp camp. Discover what signs are still visible and what life was like.

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    Islands in the Sky

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    • Location: Forney Ridge Trailhead
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, July 29, 2016

    Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly from 06/17/2016 to 08/13/2016

    The high elevation forest of the Smokies is one of the most interesting and endangered ecosystem in the Eastern US. Come learn more about what makes this beautiful area unique.

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    Junior Ranger: Porch Program

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
    • Location: Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, July 29, 2016

    Every Friday Weekly from 06/24/2016 to 08/12/2016

    Join a ranger on the porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center to discover what makes Great Smoky Mountains National park so special. Topics vary so fee free to come more than once!

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    Junior Rnager: River Ramble

    • Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Oconaluftee River Trailhead
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, July 29, 2016

    Every Friday Weekly from 06/24/2016 to 08/12/2016

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

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    • Location: Smokemont Campground between C-Loop and D-Loop
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, July 29, 2016

    Every Friday Weekly from 06/24/2016 to 08/12/2016

    What is it? Where can I find it? Join a Ranger by the campfire to discover what you might see in the park!

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    Junior Ranger: Welcome Home!

    • Time: 7:00 PM to 7:45 PM
    • Location: Oconaluftee Tree Cookie Area near Mountain Farm Museum
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, July 30, 2016

    Every Saturday Weekly from 06/25/2016 to 08/13/2016

    After more than a century of absence, the elk have returned. Hear the story of the return of the largest mammal to the Great Smoky Mountains.

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    A Wondrous Diversity of Life

    • Time: 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    • Location: Cosby Nature Trail
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, July 30, 2016

    Every Saturday Weekly from 06/18/2016 to 08/13/2016

    Come learn more about reintroduced species, non-native insects, slimy salamanders or the secret lives of bears. Topics vary, but you’re sure to be amazed by the Smokies biodiversity.

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    Evening Campfire

    • Time: 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    • Location: Cosby Campground
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, July 30, 2016

    Every Saturday Weekly from 06/18/2016 to 08/13/2016

    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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    Family Hike: Where the Waters Sing!

    • Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
    • Location: Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop Smokemont Campground
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, July 30, 2016

    Every Saturday Weekly from 06/25/2016 to 08/13/2016

    Pack a snack and water and join a Ranger on a moderate 3-mile round-trip hike along side Bradley Fork Trail to Chasteen Creek Falls.

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    Junior Ranger: Smokemont Night Hike

    • Location: Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop Smokemont Campground
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, July 30, 2016

    Every Saturday Weekly from 06/25/2016 to 08/13/2016

    Ever wonder that goes "grrr" in the night? What creatures are out there moving under the cover of darkness? Take a walk on the dark side with a ranger and learn about some of the mysteries and wonders found only after the sun goes down.

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    Back Porch Old-Time Music Jam

    • Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, August 6, 2016

    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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    Blacksmith Demonstration

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Cades Cove Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, August 6, 2016

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

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    Sugarlands Science

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, August 19, 2016

    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 each month.

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