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.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Counted Nearly 9.7 Million Visitors In 2012

A large jump in visitation at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2012 over 2011 is being attributed to mild weather during the winter and spring months.

More Than 900 Species New To Science Found In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Stand in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and you can't help but be enthralled by the lush forests and rolling mountains that surround you. Though a somewhat old landscape to modern civilization, the park continues to toss surprises in terms of the species that inhabit it.

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.