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.

Blind Hiker Plans to Hike The Entire Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Hundreds of hikers set out along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail from Springer Mountain, Georgia, come springtime with sights set on reaching Mount Kathadin in Maine before summer expires. But how many are blind?

Reader Participation Day: Which National Park Brings the Best Out In Your Camera?

Redrock and Snow, copyright Kurt Repanshek
It's a given: national parks are great places to take photographs. And yet, there are some parks that seem to produce better photos from my camera than others. Which national parks do you find the most photogenic?

Summer Science Camp for Girls Being Offered in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Participants in the 2009 camp. NPS photo.
A week-long Girls in Science Camp is being offered this summer for rising eighth grade girls in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You can't beat the price and applications for the residential program are now being accepted.

Reader Participation Day: Where Are the Best Waterfalls In the National Park System?

Waterfall Ohe o Gorge, Haleakala National Park, copyright Q.T. Luong
Two of the most incredible waterfalls in the National Park System can be found in Yellowstone National Park. But it certainly doesn't have a monopoly on waterworks. Olympic National Park boasts the beautifully secluded Marymere Falls, Glacier National Park the towering Bird Woman Falls, and Great Smoky Mountain National Park the comparatively small but gorgeous-just-the-same Abrams Falls. What other waterfalls in the park system deserve to be singled out for their beauty?

Poaching Charges Filed in Connection With Elk Killed in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A 35-year-old North Carolina man is due in federal court on March 22 to face poaching charges in connection with the shooting of a bull elk in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Kentucky's Sen. Bunning Singlehandedly Idles Road Construction Projects Nationally, Including Many in National Parks

Jim Bunning, Kentucky's contrary U.S. senator, singlehandedly has shut down road construction projects across the nation, including many in national parks, because he doesn't want to help middle-class families weather the economic storm, U.S. Department of Transportation officials said Monday.