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, Florie_Takaki@nps.gov, 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, Jamie_Sanders@nps.gov, 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, Jamie_Sanders@nps.gov, 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, florie_takaki@nps.gov 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 […]

Park Hosts Star Gazing Event at Cades Cove

Release Date: September 3, 2019 Contact:  Beth Bramhall, Beth_Bramhall@nps.gov, 865-448-4123 Lisa Nagurny, Lisa_Nagurny@nps.gov, 865-448-4104 Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting a stargazing program in Cades Cove on Saturday, September 7, 2019 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Park rangers invite the public to escape the city lights and observe the natural night sky for an evening of […]

Park Superintendent Recognizes First African American Naturalist

Contact: Dana Soehn, Dana_Soehn@nps.gov, 865-436-1207 On Thursday, August 29, Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent Cassius Cash had the unique opportunity to meet and recognize Dr. Joe Lee, of Jupiter, FL, for his service as the first African American Park Naturalist. Superintendent Cash presented Dr. Lee with a mounted ranger hat in honor of his contribution […]

Park and DLiA Host Smokies Species Day

Release Date: June 26, 2019 Contact:          Dana Soehn, Dana_Soehn@nps.gov, 865-436-1207 Todd Witcher, todd@dlia.org, 865-430-4757 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the non-profit partner Discover Life in America (DLiA) are celebrating the diversity of life in the park by hosting “Smokies Species Day” at Sugarlands Visitor Center on Saturday, June 29 from 10:00 a.m. […]

Park Hosts “Smokies Service Days”

Release Date: June 20, 2019 Contact:   Dana Soehn, Dana_Soehn@nps.gov, 865-436-1207 Great Smoky Mountains National Park invites the public to participate in “Smokies Service Days” beginning June 29 to help complete much needed work across the park. Park staff will lead these single-day volunteer opportunities that are ideal for people of all ages interested in learning more […]