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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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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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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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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.