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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
    Sunday, September 25, 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

    Geology Rocks!

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    • Location: Clingmans Dome Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, September 25, 2016

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Tuesday Weekly from 09/18/2016 to 10/25/2016

    Stop taking everything for granite. 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

    Highland Homeland

    • Time: 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Noah Bud Ogle Cabin
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, September 25, 2016

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Tuesday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly from 09/18/2016 to 10/27/2016

    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 Program

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    • Location: Cades Cove Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, September 25, 2016

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly from 09/18/2016 to 10/29/2016

    Bring the kids for a hands-on exploration of the Smokies. Earn a badge and certificate.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Creature Feature

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

    Everyday from 09/18/2016 to 10/29/2016

    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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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk

    • Time: 5:30 PM to 6:15 AM
    • Location: Palmer House, Cataloochee Valley
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, September 25, 2016

    Every Sunday Weekly from 09/18/2016 to 10/23/2016

    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

    Longing for the “Good Ol’ Days”

    • Time: 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    • Location: Mountain Farm Museum
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, September 25, 2016

    Every Sunday Weekly from 09/18/2016 to 10/23/2016

    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 what life may have been like on an Appalachian mountain farm.

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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/Cable Mill Area
    • Fees: Free
    Sunday, September 25, 2016

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly from 09/18/2016 to 10/29/2016

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

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Porch Talk: Salamanders of the Smokies

    • Time: 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
    • Location: Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    • Fees: Free
    Monday, September 26, 2016

    Every Monday Weekly from 09/19/2016 to 10/24/2016

    Discover why the Smokies is considered the Salamander Capitol of the world.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    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, September 26, 2016

    Every Monday Weekly & Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly from 09/19/2016 to 10/29/2016

    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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  • 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, September 27, 2016

    Every Tuesday Weekly from 09/20/2016 to 10/25/2016

    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

    Smokemont History Walk

    • Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Smokemont Nature Trail
    • Fees: Free
    Tuesday, September 27, 2016

    Every Tuesday Weekly from 09/20/2016 to 10/25/2016

    Join a Ranger for a short history walk exploring the local Smokemont area in the early 1900s.

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cades Cove Evening Hayride

    • Time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    • Location: Cades Cove Riding Stables
    • Fees: $14.00 per person
    Wednesday, September 28, 2016

    Every Wednesday Weekly from 09/21/2016 to 10/26/2016

    Join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of life in the cove.

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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
    Wednesday, September 28, 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

    Logging in the Smokies

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    • Location: Smokemont Nature Trail in Smokemont Campground
    • Fees: Free
    Wednesday, September 28, 2016

    Every Wednesday Weekly from 09/21/2016 to 10/26/2016

    Join a ranger to enjoy a short nature walk and uncover Smokemont's logging history. Half mile walk.

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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 29, 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

    Hike to Andrews Bald

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    • Location: Forney Ridge Trailhead
    • Fees: Free
    Thursday, September 29, 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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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: River Ramble

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    • Location: Oconaluftee River Trailhead
    • Fees: Free
    Thursday, September 29, 2016

    Every Thursday Weekly from 09/22/2016 to 10/27/2016

    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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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Cades Cove Night Hike

    • Time: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
    • Location: Orientation Shelter at the Entrance to the Loop Road
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, September 30, 2016

    Every Friday Weekly from 09/23/2016 to 10/28/2016

    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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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Evening Campfire

    • Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    • Location: Elkmont Campground
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, September 30, 2016

    Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly from 09/23/2016 to 10/29/2016

    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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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Junior Ranger: Porch Program

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
    • Location: Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, September 30, 2016

    Every Friday Weekly from 09/23/2016 to 10/28/2016

    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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  • 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 1, 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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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Hike Bradleytown to Campground

    • Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    • Location: Smokemont Baptist Church (near Smokemont Campground entrance)
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, October 1, 2016

    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

    Longing for the "Good Ol' Days"

    • Time: 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM
    • Location: Mountain Farm Museum at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, October 1, 2016

    Every Saturday Weekly from 09/24/2016 to 10/29/2016

    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

    Blacksmith Demonstration

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Cades Cove Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, October 15, 2016

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

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Science Friday

    • Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, October 21, 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 every month.

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Gatlinburg, TN 37738

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(865) 436-1200
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