Park Launches Science Communications Podcast Smoky Signal 

“Storytelling is a time-honored human tradition, and a key part of how park rangers engage with visitors when they come to Great Smoky Mountains National Park,” said Stephanie Kyriazis, Chief of Resource Education. “Launching a podcast allows us to share Smokies stories about science and culture with a broader audience, even when they are far […]

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Announces Synchronous Firefly Viewing Dates 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host the annual synchronous firefly viewing opportunity at Elkmont beginning Friday, June 3 through Friday, June 10. The public may apply for the limited viewing opportunity by entering a lottery for a vehicle pass through www.recreation.gov. The lottery opens for vehicle pass applications on Friday, April 29 at 10:00 a.m. […]

Cades Cove Vehicle-Free Wednesdays Begin May 4

Great Smoky Mountains National Park invites the public to enjoy the Cades Cove Loop Road on Vehicle-free Wednesdays beginning May 4 through September 28, 2022.  Participants are encouraged to visit in the afternoons and early evenings to spread use out throughout the day. Parking on-site is limited, with parking lots often filling to capacity during […]

Park invites public to comment on fee program changes for 2023

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is seeking public input on proposed fee program changes for 2023, including a new parkwide parking fee and an increase to existing fee rates at frontcountry and backcountry campsites, picnic pavilions, and day-use cabin rentals. All revenue generated through these user fees would remain in the Smokies to directly support […]

Fall into Volunteerism with Smokies Service Days

Great Smoky Mountains National Park invites the public to “Fall into Volunteerism with Smokies Service Days!” Park staff will lead several single-day volunteer opportunities across the park on Saturdays beginning October 24 through November 21. Each experience provides a unique, hands-on opportunity to help care for park campgrounds, historic buildings, and natural resources.  This volunteer […]

Park Resumes Additional Campground and Picnic Area

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is increasing access to additional campgrounds and picnic areas. The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 […]

Park Hosts National Bat Week Program for Junior Rangers

Release Date: October 18, 2019 Contact: Florie Takaki, [email protected], 828-497-1905 Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host a Junior Ranger in honor of National Bat Week on Saturday, October 19, from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. near the Oconaluftee Visitor Center at the Oconaluftee Administration Building. Junior Ranger programs are designed for youth between the ages of […]

Park Volunteer Receives Regional Recognition

Release Date: September 25, 2019 Contact: Jamie Sanders, [email protected], 865-436-1203 Great Smoky Mountains National Park is pleased to announce that dedicated Park Volunteer, Jim Goddard, has won the National Park Service Southeast Regional Hartzog Award for Enduring Service. Mr. Goddard will be presented the Award in appreciation of his significant skills, talent, and time which he […]

Park Dedicates Dean Stone Bridge

Release Date: September 23, 2019 Contact: Jamie Sanders, [email protected], 865-436-1203 Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials unveiled a bronzed marker along the Foothills Parkway at the newly dedicated Dean Stone Bridge between Walland and Wears Valley. “Dean Stone was one of the park’s most dedicated advocates and we are honored to have the opportunity to pay tribute […]

Park Hosts Mountain Life Festival

Release Date: September 4, 2019  Contact: Florie Takaki, 828-497-1905, [email protected] Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host the annual Mountain Life Festival near the Oconaluftee Visitor Center at the Mountain Farm Museum on Saturday, September 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience traditional fall harvest activities on the farm including […]