Elk Herd at Great Smoky Mountains National Park Surpasses 100 In Number

Great Smoky Mountains National Park lures visitors with its rumpled, mist-cloaked mountains, its leaping streams, dense forests, and Appalachian history. The thrill of hearing a bull elk's bugle echoing off the mountainsides also is becoming a powerful lure, thanks to an elk recovery program that's developed a healthy herd of the iconic ungulates in the Cataloochee Valley and Oconaluftee areas.

Cades Cove Loop Road at Great Smoky Mountains National Park Set for a Major Redo Next Spring

Cades Cove Loop Road
A popular drive in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is getting an overhaul next spring. Work will close the Cades Cove Loop Road but not other facilities at Cades Cove for about three months, and the project will use a method designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible.

Great Smoky Mountain National Park Is Updating Its Approach to Fire Management – Comments are Welcome

Firefighters at work.
How should wildland fires be managed at Great Smoky Mountains National Park? The park is updating its plan to answer that question, and has prepared an Environmental Assessment as part of the process. If you have an opinion, now's the time to let the park know your views.

National Park Quiz 71: Are There Any?

Sure, you know what can be found in this or that park, but do you what things aren’t found there? Take this quiz and find out. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll tattle on you.

Where Can You Find the Best Fall Foliage In the National Park System? Here Are Ten Contenders

Where do you go to digitally capture fall colors in the National Park System? The National Park Foundation released a list of the Top 10 parks for fall color the other day, and there are some old stalwarts, and some upstarts as well!

Exhibit at Great Smoky Mountains National Park Part Art Show, Part Biodiversity Display

Visit the Sugarlands Visitor Center at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the coming months and you'll come away with a true appreciation of art in nature.

Stargazing Outing Planned for Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

You can add Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the growing list of parks that are offering stargazing programs thanks to the generally dark skies overhead.

Lost in Time: A Manuscript From Horace Kephart, A Driver Behind the Designation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Horace Kephart is best-known for his role in raising public support for what became the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and as the author of two non-fiction books that have become classics. Tucked away for 80 years was a literary surprise: the completed manuscript for a Kephard novel. It's just been published by the Great Smoky Mountains Association and the timing is appropriate: this year is the park's 75th anniversary.

Dog Owner Cited After Pit Bull Attacks a Deer at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The requirement to keep dogs on a leash is observed by most—but not all—visitors to national parks. A recent incident in Great Smoky Mountains National Park involving a pit bull and a deer offers a vivid example of one reason for the regulation.

The National Parks: America's Best Idea

National parks represent a spectacular legacy handed down to today’s generations, but it is one that also carries a hefty responsibility of stewardship. That becomes quickly obvious in Ken Burns’ The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. This notion of responsible stewardship is not new at all. In many ways it’s trite.