Decades in the Making, the Uproar Over Great Smoky Mountains National Park's North Shore Road Almost Settled

In Great Smoky Mountains National Park, every trail has a history. That’s what makes hiking here so fascinating. But no trail is as historic or as controversial as the Lake Shore Trail, which skirts Fontana Lake in North Carolina. The issue surrounding it is currently the longest-running open item on the park's agenda, but there’s hope it will be resolved soon.

Where to Find Your Christmas Feast in the National Park System

'Tis the season for quiet and peace, snowy woods, frosty starry nights, time with loved ones, festive activities, and eating way too much food. What better way to accomplish all that than to spend the holidays at a national park?

Holiday Homecoming Planned for December 19 in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

If you can't make the "Festival of Christmas Past" this weekend in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you might consider attending the Holiday Homecoming at the park's Oconaluftee Visitor Center and Mountain Farm Museum on December 19.

“Festival of Christmas Past” at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

music group at last year's event
An upcoming event at Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers the combination of Smoky Mountain culture and a holiday celebration. The 34th annual "Festival of Christmas Past" will be held on Saturday, December 12 at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Receives Its Annual Poinsettia And A Plaque

This time Wanetta Johnson brought her son, Eric, and a plaque to thank Great Smoky Mountain National Park rangers for saving her son and a friend stranded in the park's backcountry by a snowstorm 35 years ago.

Endangered Species Coalition Lists 10 Species Endangered By Climate Change

A small turtle from the eastern U.S. A species of trout native to Glacier and North Cascades national parks. Grizzly bears. A prairie orchard. A coral. These are among the ten plant, fish, animal, and bird species listed in a new report as being the "hottest" species imperiled by climate change.
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Thirty-Five Years Later, Great Smoky Mountain National Park Rangers Still Being Thanked for Rescue

Can you ever say "thanks" enough to those who have saved your life or the life of a family member or friend? The parents of two 15-year-old Boy Scouts who were stranded in the backcountry of Great Smoky Mountains National Park by a blizzard 35 years ago evidently don't think so.

A Hike To LeConte Lodge in Great Smoky Mountains National Park Is Just Part of the Adventure

I am a social hiker. For me, one of the highlights of hiking is meeting friendly and energetic people on the trail. That’s why I love the camaraderie at LeConte Lodge in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The lodge, which can only be reached by foot, is luxurious considering it’s located on top of Mt. LeConte at 6,593 ft. Groups come here for family reunions and some people train for weeks before attempting the trip because it’s the only hiking they do all year.

Clingmans Dome at Great Smoky Mountains National Park Gets a Makeover This Winter

Tower at Clingmans Dome
Clingmans Dome is the highest point in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, so it's a popular destination for visitors. The road to that location will close on December 1 and likely won't reopen until May 2010, to allow work on several facilities in the area.

Loop Road Through Cades Cove at Great Smoky Mountains National Park Could be Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

The 11-mile-long Loop Road that winds through Cades Cove at Great Smoky Mountains National Park is scheduled to be closed Tuesday and part of Wednesday to allow for spraying operations intended to save the hemlock trees that line the route.