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Stargazing Program in Cades Cove

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in cooperation with the Smoky Mountains Astronomical Society, will offer a 3-hour stargazing program in Cades Cove on Saturday, April 2 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Experienced astronomers and numerous telescopes will be on hand to provide a discovery of the spring sky’s position of stars, galaxies, and constellations, including the […]

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Great Smoky Mountains Spring Opening Schedule 2016

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced the spring opening schedule for park facilities for the 2016 season. As part of the schedule, officials also announced the Alum Cave Trail Restoration schedule which includes a Monday through Thursday closure of Alum Cave Trail and the Mt. Le Conte Backcountry Shelter beginning May 2 through November […]

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Controlled Burns in Cades Cove

Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Appalachian Piedmont Zone fire staff plan to conduct a series of controlled burns in Cades Cove on Monday, March 7 through Friday, March 11. Weather depending, these prescribed fire treatments will take place in four field units totaling 502 acres between Sparks Lane and the Cable Mill Visitor […]

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Alum Cave Trail Restoration To Begin May 4th

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that a 2 year trail restoration project will begin May 4, 2015 on Alum Cave Trail,  one of the most popular trails for photographers in the National Park.  The trail and associated parking areas will be closed May 4th through November 19, excluding federal holidays, on Monday mornings […]

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Park Officials Hopeful US 441 Will Reopen By June

Work is progressing to repair the landslide which has closed a section of Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441) within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Two key steps are underway to initiate the reconstruction of the road. A contract has been awarded for the first phase of work to APAC –Atlantic, Harrison Division to develop an […]

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Newfound Gap Road – US 441 Closed Due to Landslide

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has closed Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441) due to a landslide which undercut the road near mile marker 22 between Collins Creeks and Webb Overlook in North Carolina. The slide is estimated to be a 200 foot section of road extending 1000 foot down slope, but the full extent […]

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Sugarlands Visitor Center to be Renovated

Sugarlands Visitor Center will remain open to the public as it receives much needed renovations January 7 – March 31, 2013. The renovations will improve the layout of the main lobby and visitor contact area to better serve the 850,000 thousand visitors that come through the visitor center annually. The new visitor contact area will […]

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Smokies Announces Extensive Vista Clearing Project Starting April 1st

Whenever the National Park Service has surveyed visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park about their planned activities, the number one response has always been “viewing scenery – scenic views.” Over the years the number and quality of those scenic viewpoints along Park roads has gradually declined. When Park roads were constructed, the forests had […]

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Discover Life in America’s Annual Conference, March 22-24 in Gatlinburg

World Famous Harvard Naturalist to Help Celebrate Effort to Catalog Every Living Species in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park  The search for life in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be celebrated at a unique gathering in Gatlinburg, March 22-24, hosted by Discover Life in America (DLIA). The All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory Conference […]

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10 tips for photographing wildflowers in The Smoky Mountains

Warmer than normal temperatures and above average rainfall this year mean wildflowers will be in full bloom very soon.  Here are 10 quick tips for photographing wildflowers in The Great Smoky Mountains.  As always,  be sure to respect other visitors and the parks natural resources while photographing.