Renovations To Upgrade Sugarlands Visitor Center In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Starting January 7, the Sugarlands Visitor Center in Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Gatlinburg, Tennessee undergoes renovations to improve the layout of the main lobby and visitor contact area.

Trails We Hiked in 2012 That We Think You'll Like

Few national park visits are complete without a hike of some distance and duration. We made the following hikes in the parks the past year, and think you'll find them interesting possibilities for 2013.

Check Out The National Parks We Explored In 2012

Part of the fun of the National Park System is exploring the various units to see what they have to offer. Here's a look at parks the Traveler "explored" in 2012.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Friends Of The Smokies Team Up To Hang Bear Wires In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A joint effort by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Friends of the Smokies has made it a wee bit safer for backcountry travelers in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

"Old-time Mountain Music" CD From Great Smoky Mountains National Park Earns Grammy Nomination

In 1939 a young graduate student named Joseph S. Hall spent nine months getting to know the people living in and around the newly created Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and recording their music and stories. Over 60 years later part of his work is included in a CD," Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music" that's been nominated for a Grammy.

Add To Your Collection Of National Park Memorabilia

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Creature Feature: Some Squirrels Really Can Fly

Humans weren't the only ones stocking up for a feast this month. Flying squirrels, which call a number of national parks home, have been busy with their own meals with winter coming.

Emerald Ash Borer Infests The Backcountry Of Great Smoky Mountains

Last week, Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced and infestation of emerald ash borer (EAB). Park Biologist, Glenn Taylor, said, “The 1/2 inch-long metallic green emerald ash borer beetle lays eggs on the bark on all species of ash trees. That creates feeding tunnels that cut off nutrient and water flow to the tree, killing it in three to five years.

Saving Ginseng In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s ginseng poaching prevention program is equal parts science, conservation, and crime scene investigation. How the park approaches ginseng poaching is addressed in the following article from Friends of the Smokies.

Festival Of Christmas Past Coming To Great Smoky Mountains National Park On December 8

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be offering its annual Festival of Christmas Past on December 8. Co-sponsored by the park and Great Smoky Mountains Association, this will be the 37th edition of the festival that takes place each year on the second Saturday of December.