Clingmans Dome Road In Great Smoky Mountains National Park Could Open Today

Visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park could be able to drive up to Clingmans Dome as soon as today if conditions allow, though bad weather could force park officials to close the access road at any time.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee Tribe Hope Incentive Will Speed Road Repairs

Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians hope some financial incentives, and disincentives, will speed repairs to the Newfound Gap Road, which was severed by a landslide in January.

Fifteen Years Of Searching For Life In Great Smoky Mountains National Park To Be Celebrated In March

For going on 15 years now scientists and researchers have been sifting through the landscape of Great Smoky Mountains National Park -- from streambeds and caves into the tree tops -- to see just how much life there is. What they've found will be celebrated in March when a scientific conference is held in Gatlingburg.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Continues To Suffer Damage From Torrential Rains

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which already has lost its main road to a rain-induced landslide, continues to suffer from torrential rains that are washing out other roads and even taking out a 70-foot-long foot bridge along the popular Chimney Tops Trail.

Cost To Rebuild Newfound Gap Road In Great Smoky Mountains National Park Could Reach $7 Million

Estimates to rebuild the severed Newfound Gap Road across Great Smoky Mountains National Park range from $3 million to $7 million, with construction expected to begin late next month or in March.

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.