The Numbers Behind National Park Visitation

What's in a number? When it reflects visitation to national parks, it's not always as obvious as it might seem.
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Celebration Planned for This Weekend's Reopening Of Cades Cove Loop in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

It's going to be a great weekend in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, both because of the Wildflower Pilgrimage and because the Cades Cove Loop Road is reopening after a substantial reconstruction of the road.

"Hike the Smokies Challenge" Begins on April 25 at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Trail in Smokies.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers hundreds of miles of trails, and the park is launching a new program to encourage visitors to enjoy them. The “Reward Yourself - Hike the Smokies Challenge" begins with free distribution of hiking mileage record books at park visitor centers on April 25.

Bat at Great Smoky Mountains National Park Tests Positive for White Nose Syndrome Fungus

Bat with WNS.
The news from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to start the week wasn't good: a bat in the park has tested positive for Geomyces destructans, the fungus and the presumptive causative agent of White Nose Syndrome (WNS). WNS has killed over 90% of the bats in many caves in the Northeast.

Celebrate Junior Ranger Day at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The fourth annual National Junior Ranger Day is coming up, and the folks at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are planning a special celebration for junior rangers.

Mark Your Calendars: Great Smoky Mountains National Park Looking for Help With Trail Work

Ever get the urge to head into the mountains to make repairs or improvements to hiking trails? Well, if you like to do that kind of thing, the folks at Great Smoky Mountains National Park could use your muscles later this month.

Great Progress Means Loop Road around Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park Will Reopen Early

Earlier this year we heard that good contracting saved the National Park Service millions of dollars on American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects. And now the folks at Great Smoky Mountains National Park say the laying of a new road around Cades Cove will finish about a month ahead of schedule!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Recruiting for "Elk Bugle Corps"

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials once again are looking for volunteers to help them manage both people and elk in the Cataloochee Valley on the North Carolina side of the park.

Rockslide Forces Closing of a Section of Little River Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

In Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a section of Little River Road has been closed while work crews deal with a rockslide. Motorists with larger RVs must be aware of bridge weight limits on the detour.

Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage Coming To Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be held from April 21 to 25.