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 […]

Pigeon Forge Readies for Fall Foliage Season with Reminder To Travel Responsibly

Family-friendly destination is home to more than 14,500 overnight accommodations, many of which offer contact-free options for travelers. PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (Sept. 29, 2020)—As fall approaches in the Great Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge (Tennessee) reminds visitors to travel responsibly in search of autumn colors.  With more than 14,500 overnight accommodations, the family-friendly destination offers travelers […]

Old Mill adds food truck to deliver family meals, grocery items directly to Sevier County neighborhoods

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee – The Old Mill Restaurant has created a new way to feed its neighbors, a fully-equipped food truck that delivers meals throughout entire neighborhoods on a rotating basis. It is another way the historic operation is adjusting to the coronavirus pandemic. “This is a totally new concept for us that goes far […]

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 […]

Park Hosts Star Gazing Event at Cades Cove

Release Date: September 3, 2019 Contact:  Beth Bramhall, [email protected], 865-448-4123 Lisa Nagurny, [email protected], 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, [email protected], 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 […]