By The Numbers: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

When you start looking at the numbers associated with Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the "national park" that boasts the greatest visitation year after year after year, it's easy to get numbed. From the millions of dollars this park receives, and generates in tourism, to the number of visitors each year, Great Smoky is an over-achiever.

National Trails Day is Right Around the Corner; Check out a National Park Trail

National Trails Day is just a couple weeks off, and with it comes time to savor, support, and celebrate the trails that wind not only through the National Park System, but throughout all public lands.

National Park Quiz 82: Flowers

April showers bring May flowers, so let’s run with that idea in this month’s quiz. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: “Flowers are the reproductive organs of angiosperms.”

Backpacker On Two-Night Trip Through Great Smoky Mountains National Park Found Dead

A 26-year-old Michigan man was found dead in a lean-to along the Appalachian Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, according to park officials.
Do our national parks need to be better promoted? Should the National Park Service be placing advertisements in major media outlets, on Internet sites, and buying TV commercials?

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.