Holiday Homecoming At Oconaluftee In Great Smoky Mountains National Park Set for December 18

An old-time mountain Holiday Homecoming will be held December 18 at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center and the Mountain Farm Museum in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, complete with hot cider and cornshuck dolls.

Counting Birds in National Parks This Holiday Season

'Tis is the season for counting birds as the 111th annual Christmas Bird Count rolls out across the country, and more than a few national parks are welcoming you to count birds.

Foothills Parkway Construction Continues in Great Smoky Mountains National Park With "Missing Link"

A nearly $34 million contract has been awarded for continued work on the so-called "Missing Link" of the Foothills Parkway in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Welcome Friends of the Smokies To the Traveler's List of Sponsors!

We'd like to welcome Friends of the Smokies to the Traveler's list of sponsors and invite you to check out this organization that makes so many possibilities turn into realities at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Grant Helps Great Smoky Mountains National Park Add to Its Fleet of Hybrid Vehicles

A handful of shiny, new hybrid Ford Escapes will soon be tooling about the North Carolina side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, thanks to a grant from the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Cades Cove Loop In Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Be Closed for Bug Spraying

The 11-mile-long Loop Road through Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is scheduled to be closed Wednesday and part of Thursday for bug spraying operations, according to park officials.

National Park Mystery Plant 14 Revealed: It's the Devil's Walking Stick

The Aralia spinosa acquired its devilish name for good reason

Reader Participation Day: What is the Greatest Threat To Our National Parks?

It seems not a week goes by without some dire issue being identified as a threat to the national parks. One week it might be funding woes, another week pollution, another diversity concerns, and then, of course, there's climate change.

These Worms Can Jump -- And They're Unwelcome Pests At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A worm with a lot of body English might be good for fishing, but when it's an uninvited pest introduced to the forest duff of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, well, it's just bad news.

National Park Service Establishing Protocols For Dealing With White-Nose Syndrome in Bat Populations

It looks somewhat like a dusting of confectioner's sugar, but the white coating that is showing up on more and more noses and wings of bats is the signature of a dire fungal disease that threatens to decimate bat colonies across the country.