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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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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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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.