Becoming A Junior Ranger At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

One of the great aspects about being a youngster in the national parks is becoming a Junior Ranger. Watching my granddaughter, Hannah, become a Junior Ranger in GreatSmoky Mountains National Park was as much a treat for me as it was for her!

RV Accident in Great Smoky Mountains National Park Injures 6

Driving a large motor home can be tricky on the smoothest and straightest of roads, but traveling through Great Smoky Mountains National Park carries its own risks, as seven visitors discovered Monday when their RV slid 100 feet down a slope, injuring six of the seven occupants.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Looking For Volunteers To ID Ash Trees

Looking for an excuse to take a hike? Then head to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and help rangers identify the locations of ash trees in the park.

Cherokee Orchard Road, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park Under Construction

If you want to visit Rainbow Falls in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the immediate future, be careful with your plans or you'll have to make a longer hike to do so.

PEER Complains About Plant Collecting In National Parks, NPS Says It's Proposing Regulatory Changes

It's long been said that you should take only photographs and leave only footprints when you visit a national park. Well, a dispute over whether Native Americans can legally collect plants in the parks has prompted a group to call for a federal investigation into whether the National Park Service is looking the other way.

Cherokee Students Excavate Ancestral House at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A summer archeological field program at Great Smoky Mountains National Park offered more than science for a group of students from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians—it also allowed them to connect with their ancestral past.

Appellate Court Says National Park Service Violated First Amendent By Requiring Permits for Free Speech

In an ironic development considering its role in tracking the nation's history and its efforts to preserve civility in national parks, the National Park Service's practice of requiring permits for public gatherings, demonstrations, or "expressions of views" has been found unconstitutional by an appellate court.
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Reader Participation Day: Acadia National Park, or Great Smoky Mountains National Park?

Glance at a map of the Eastern Seaboard and a number of intriguing national parks jump out: Acadia National Park, Shenandoah National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Everglades National Park. But which one to visit? If you had to choose between Acadia and Great Smoky, which of the two would be at the top of your list?

National Park Quiz 85: Trees

True to its title, this quiz tests your knowledge of trees in the national parks. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we'll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: " Quantified Tree Risk Assessment provides a framework for assessing the three components of tree-failure risk; probability of failure, impact potential, and target value."
Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway: The Ultimate Travel Guide To America It's more than appropriate that this year, the 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway, that when you visit the parkway you get out and take a hike. And Randy Johnson is ready to tell you where to go.