Trails We Can Still Hike: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Historic wheel on the Boogerman Trail, Danny Bernstein photo
The landslide on Newfound Gap Road (US 441) in Great Smoky Mountains National Park has closed the North Carolina side of the road indefinitely. This is the time to explore other entrances into the park to find good winter hikes.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park To Implement Backcountry Fee In February

Planning to backpack through Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Beginning February 13 you'll need to pay for the privilege as the park implements a user fee to help cover costs for managing its backcountry program.

Exploring The National Park System's Underbelly

While white-nose syndrome continues to plague bats in the country's cave systems, there nevertheless are quite a few underground tours you can take in the National Park System, tours that not only will show off these unique resources but also provide education on the disease.
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Has No Timetable For Rebuilding Newfound Gap Road

While engineers have completed their initial assessment on the blown-out section of the Newfound Gap Road across Great Smoky Mountains National Park, they have no timetable yet for when the road will be rebuilt and open for traffic.

World's Largest Natural Sound Library Now Available On-line ... And It's Free

Parks are great spots to enjoy observing wildlife, but one of the challenges for many visitors is the question: "What bird (or animal) is that?" Now there's a source of help in wildlife identification for both experts and amateurs: The "world’s largest natural sound archive" has gone digital, and it's available on-line ... and free of charge.

UPDATED: Landslide Closes Newfound Gap Road Across Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A landslide has severed the main route across Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Newfound Gap Road, and it could be a while before the road reopens, park officials said today.

Appalachian Trail Hiker Found Dead In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A man intending to hike roughly 30 miles along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been found dead at the park's Tricorner Knob Shelter.

Trails I've Hiked: Old Settlers Trail In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Old Settlers Trail wall
The Old Settlers Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a quiet, solitary experience. The trail is full of historic artifacts and is perfect for a winter ramble, even if there's not much winter in the southern Appalachians this year.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Reports Unusual Winter Bat Activity

It's supposed to be the heart of winter, but bats in Great Smoky Mountains National Park have been out and about, leading park officials to warn visitors about encountering bats.

What To Look For When Shopping For Bear Spray For Your Next National Park Adventure

Summer backpack trips and hikes are months away, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be making up gear lists in January or February. And if you're heading to a national park frequented by grizzly or black bears, you'd be wise to look into bear sprays.