Want the Latest On the Biodiversity Inventory At Great Smoky Mountains National Park?

Curious about the latest data gleaned through the all-taxa biodiversity inventory at Great Smoky Mountains National Park? A conference in mid-December will lay it all out.

Wayward Hikers Demonstrate How Easy It Is To Get Lost In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

There are places in Great Smoky Mountains National Park that the old timers called "hells" they were such a tangle of vegetation. Well, a young trio of hikers realized that the hard way when they wandered off a marked trail and quickly found themselves lost.

Work On Foothills Parkway at Great Smoky Mountains National Park Could Surprise Some Folks

If you use the unopened portion of the Foothills Parkway at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, keep an eye out for motorized vehicles in the coming weeks.

Road Work Will Be Highly Visible in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2010

Orange will be highly visible in Great Smoky Mountains National Park early next year, as road work ramps up around the park thanks to an infusion of funds via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as well as the Federal Lands Highway Program. While that work will produce some long-needed improvements, it also means getting around the park could be difficult at times.

By The Numbers: Economic Impacts of the National Parks

Here are some interesting statistics from the Park Service’s recently-released report on the economic impact of the national parks.

How Interstate 40's Closure Is Affecting Travel To Great Smoky Mountains National Park

It could take three months or longer to clean up a rock slide and reopen a section of Interstate 40 on the North Carolina side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. That means getting to the park from some areas will be a bit tricky. It also means don't rely on your GPS units to find a shortcut, as that could spell trouble.

Fall's Arrival Means Fewer Open Roads and Campgrounds To Use at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Some roads and campgrounds soon will be gated closed in Great Smoky Mountains National Park as crews ready the park for winter.

Keep An Eye Out For Bears During Your Fall Hikes in the National Parks

Fall can be a downright gorgeous time to take a hike in a national park. The air is crisp, the bugs are gone, the crowds have vanished, and the landscape is gorgeous. Just don't forget that the bears are trying to put on some extra calories to get through the winter. And a hungry bear can be an ornery bear.

Citizen Scientist Volunteer Opportunity at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Volunteers at work in the park.
Researchers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are looking for a few good volunteers for a one-day project at the park on October 31, 2009. If you'd like to learn some new skills and are up to several miles of hiking, here are the details.

Electronic Portal to Open Great Smoky Mountains National Park To Schools Next Month

Rangers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park hope to take millions of school children on an adventure into the park next month.