Teamwork Pays Off in Three Mass Casualty Incidents at Great Smoky Mountains NP

EMS units at scene.
Incidents with multiple injuries can present a test for emergency services even in cities, but such situations can be especially challenging in the rural or remote areas found in many parks. Teamwork and advance planning paid off when Great Smoky Mountains National Park experienced three mass casualty incidents during a recent span of five days.

Volunteers Wanted to Help With Trail Maintenance at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

If you don't mind hard work in the out-of-doors, risk of sunburn or a few mosquito bites, you're needed at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where officials are recruiting for their Adopt-a-Trail program.

Upscale Cabins Latest Trend in Commercial Campgrounds Bordering National Parks

There’s a new structure showing up this summer in campgrounds bordering national parks, one that offers a higher level of comfort than the family camper or pop-up tent. More and more campgrounds are adding cabins to their available accommodations, for while more people are heading to the parks, not all want to sleep on the ground in a tent.

Trails I've Hiked: Anthony Creek Trail to Spence Field in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A.T. Shelter, Spence Field, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Kurt Repanshek photo
As with so many of the footpaths in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Anthony Creek Trail doesn’t hesitate much before pulling you up into that landscape.

Reader Participation Day: Should Rangers Cite, or Merely Warn, Visitors For Their Wrongs?

What should National Park Service rangers do when they come across a visitor who has gone astray of park regulations? For instance, should they have cited those women in Glacier National Park who squeezed off a round from a .357 to scare a deer, or was the warning enough?

Reconstruction of Newfound Gap Road in Great Smoky Mountains Will Stretch Over 6-7 Years

Approval of plans to reconstruct a 14.5-mile stretch of the Newfound Gap Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park means visitors will have to cope with 6-to-7 years of road work on this key highway that crosses the park.

Video Offers Bear Safety Tips For Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Just in time for the peak summer season, a video has been produced to teach visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park how to be safe in bear country.

America's Great Outdoors: Your Chance to Speak Up

Are Americans losing touch with the rural side of life? Are we forgetting how pastoral settings appear and make us feel? President Obama fears so, and he's interested in your thoughts on how to get Americans reconnected with the "great outdoors."

Clingmans Dome Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park Has Reopened

Clingmans Dome Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is back in business. The popular road, which normally opens April but was being repaved this year, reopened Monday at noon.

Your Own Eastern National Park Road Trip

Several years ago we wrote “The Best National Park Trip,” an article that described the wonders of visiting Zion, Bryce Canyon, and the Grand Canyon during a tour of the West. This is indeed a great trip that can be extended with visits to Lake Powell, Cedar Breaks, and other nearby units administered by the National Park Service.