Work at Sinks Parking Area in Great Smoky Mountains National Park Could Impact Your Trail Access

The recent blast of frigid temperatures that descended on Great Smoky Mountains National Park makes word of closure of the Sinks Parking Area in the park largely a so-what deal. But be aware that spring visitors to the park could have some trail access difficulties.

Winter Storm Closes Shenandoah’s Skyline Drive and Some Sections of Blue Ridge Parkway

A major winter storm has created hazardous driving conditions in the three major Appalachian parks. All of Skyline Drive and some sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway have been closed. Great Smoky's Newfound Gap Road is subject to closures at night due to ice.

2009 in Review: Creature Features – Burros, Pythons, Salamanders, Etc.

Traveler's creature features have proved very popular. Here’s the list, with the links.

2009 in Review: Traveler’s Checklists

We posted Traveler’s Checklists for 19 different national parks in 2009. Check ‘em out. You’re sure to find helpful advice and useful tips a-plenty.

Injuries Claim Life of Great Smoky Hiker

A 45-year old woman from Columbia, Maryland, died last night of injuries sustained yesterday morning while day hiking in the Greenbrier area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Decades in the Making, the Uproar Over Great Smoky Mountains National Park's North Shore Road Almost Settled

In Great Smoky Mountains National Park, every trail has a history. That’s what makes hiking here so fascinating. But no trail is as historic or as controversial as the Lake Shore Trail, which skirts Fontana Lake in North Carolina. The issue surrounding it is currently the longest-running open item on the park's agenda, but there’s hope it will be resolved soon.

Where to Find Your Christmas Feast in the National Park System

'Tis the season for quiet and peace, snowy woods, frosty starry nights, time with loved ones, festive activities, and eating way too much food. What better way to accomplish all that than to spend the holidays at a national park?

Holiday Homecoming Planned for December 19 in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

If you can't make the "Festival of Christmas Past" this weekend in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you might consider attending the Holiday Homecoming at the park's Oconaluftee Visitor Center and Mountain Farm Museum on December 19.

“Festival of Christmas Past” at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

music group at last year's event
An upcoming event at Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers the combination of Smoky Mountain culture and a holiday celebration. The 34th annual "Festival of Christmas Past" will be held on Saturday, December 12 at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Receives Its Annual Poinsettia And A Plaque

This time Wanetta Johnson brought her son, Eric, and a plaque to thank Great Smoky Mountain National Park rangers for saving her son and a friend stranded in the park's backcountry by a snowstorm 35 years ago.

Endangered Species Coalition Lists 10 Species Endangered By Climate Change

A small turtle from the eastern U.S. A species of trout native to Glacier and North Cascades national parks. Grizzly bears. A prairie orchard. A coral. These are among the ten plant, fish, animal, and bird species listed in a new report as being the "hottest" species imperiled by climate change.
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Thirty-Five Years Later, Great Smoky Mountain National Park Rangers Still Being Thanked for Rescue

Can you ever say "thanks" enough to those who have saved your life or the life of a family member or friend? The parents of two 15-year-old Boy Scouts who were stranded in the backcountry of Great Smoky Mountains National Park by a blizzard 35 years ago evidently don't think so.

A Hike To LeConte Lodge in Great Smoky Mountains National Park Is Just Part of the Adventure

I am a social hiker. For me, one of the highlights of hiking is meeting friendly and energetic people on the trail. That’s why I love the camaraderie at LeConte Lodge in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The lodge, which can only be reached by foot, is luxurious considering it’s located on top of Mt. LeConte at 6,593 ft. Groups come here for family reunions and some people train for weeks before attempting the trip because it’s the only hiking they do all year.

Clingmans Dome at Great Smoky Mountains National Park Gets a Makeover This Winter

Tower at Clingmans Dome
Clingmans Dome is the highest point in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, so it's a popular destination for visitors. The road to that location will close on December 1 and likely won't reopen until May 2010, to allow work on several facilities in the area.

Loop Road Through Cades Cove at Great Smoky Mountains National Park Could be Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

The 11-mile-long Loop Road that winds through Cades Cove at Great Smoky Mountains National Park is scheduled to be closed Tuesday and part of Wednesday to allow for spraying operations intended to save the hemlock trees that line the route.

Rare Ansel Adams Print of Great Smoky Mountains National Park Acquired By Knoxville Art Museum

A rare shot of Great Smoky Mountains National Park taken by Ansel Adams shortly after World War II has been acquired by a Knoxville, Tennessee, museum.

National Park Mystery Plant: 4: This “Tree from Hell” Smells Like Rancid Peanut Butter

This tree is an Asian import that grows fast, spreads fast, damages ecosystems and crop land, and is very tough to eradicate. It stinks, too.

Poaching Charges Pending In Case of Majestic Bull Elk Killed at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Federal authorities are bringing charges against a North Carolina man in connection with the shooting of one of Great Smoky Mountains National Park's bull elk, an animal that was one of the largest bulls in the herd.

Want the Latest On the Biodiversity Inventory At Great Smoky Mountains National Park?

Curious about the latest data gleaned through the all-taxa biodiversity inventory at Great Smoky Mountains National Park? A conference in mid-December will lay it all out.

Wayward Hikers Demonstrate How Easy It Is To Get Lost In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

There are places in Great Smoky Mountains National Park that the old timers called "hells" they were such a tangle of vegetation. Well, a young trio of hikers realized that the hard way when they wandered off a marked trail and quickly found themselves lost.

Work On Foothills Parkway at Great Smoky Mountains National Park Could Surprise Some Folks

If you use the unopened portion of the Foothills Parkway at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, keep an eye out for motorized vehicles in the coming weeks.

Road Work Will Be Highly Visible in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2010

Orange will be highly visible in Great Smoky Mountains National Park early next year, as road work ramps up around the park thanks to an infusion of funds via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as well as the Federal Lands Highway Program. While that work will produce some long-needed improvements, it also means getting around the park could be difficult at times.

By The Numbers: Economic Impacts of the National Parks

Here are some interesting statistics from the Park Service’s recently-released report on the economic impact of the national parks.

How Interstate 40's Closure Is Affecting Travel To Great Smoky Mountains National Park

It could take three months or longer to clean up a rock slide and reopen a section of Interstate 40 on the North Carolina side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. That means getting to the park from some areas will be a bit tricky. It also means don't rely on your GPS units to find a shortcut, as that could spell trouble.

Fall's Arrival Means Fewer Open Roads and Campgrounds To Use at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Some roads and campgrounds soon will be gated closed in Great Smoky Mountains National Park as crews ready the park for winter.

Keep An Eye Out For Bears During Your Fall Hikes in the National Parks

Fall can be a downright gorgeous time to take a hike in a national park. The air is crisp, the bugs are gone, the crowds have vanished, and the landscape is gorgeous. Just don't forget that the bears are trying to put on some extra calories to get through the winter. And a hungry bear can be an ornery bear.

Citizen Scientist Volunteer Opportunity at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Volunteers at work in the park.
Researchers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are looking for a few good volunteers for a one-day project at the park on October 31, 2009. If you'd like to learn some new skills and are up to several miles of hiking, here are the details.

Electronic Portal to Open Great Smoky Mountains National Park To Schools Next Month

Rangers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park hope to take millions of school children on an adventure into the park next month.

Elk Herd at Great Smoky Mountains National Park Surpasses 100 In Number

Great Smoky Mountains National Park lures visitors with its rumpled, mist-cloaked mountains, its leaping streams, dense forests, and Appalachian history. The thrill of hearing a bull elk's bugle echoing off the mountainsides also is becoming a powerful lure, thanks to an elk recovery program that's developed a healthy herd of the iconic ungulates in the Cataloochee Valley and Oconaluftee areas.

Cades Cove Loop Road at Great Smoky Mountains National Park Set for a Major Redo Next Spring

Cades Cove Loop Road
A popular drive in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is getting an overhaul next spring. Work will close the Cades Cove Loop Road but not other facilities at Cades Cove for about three months, and the project will use a method designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible.