Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Essential Park Guide, Winter: Exchange Leafy Summer Trails For Snowy Forests

Winter in the National Park System often brings to mind frosty snowscapes, places where you can skim on skinny skis, or clomp along in snowshoes that, though a bit cumbersome, help you go places you might not venture without them.

Road & Track Editor Facing Charges For Dirt Bike Ride Through Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A Road & Track editor who tested a dirt bike by riding through Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and crossed a creek, faces three misdemeanor charges that could land him in jail, according to park officials.

Suzanne Ditmanson Discusses Life As A National Park Superintendent's Wife

Suzanne Ditmanson on the trail
Suzanne Ditmanson, wife of Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent Dale Ditmanson, talks about her National Park Service life. How did her husband's career affect her and their children?

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Officials Defend Putting Down Head-Butting Elk

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have defended their decision to put down a young bull elk who took to butting a photographer sitting on the road in the Cataloochee Valley.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Moving To Winter Schedule

With November halfway gone, it should come as no surprise that winter is in the offing. And at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, officials have recognized the changing seasons by releasing their winter operating schedule.

Around The Parks: Holidays In Yellowstone, Smokies Trail Work, And Native American Month

A glance around the national parks shows opportunities to spend the year-end holidays in Yellowstone National Park's Lamar Valley, Native American celebrations at Grand Canyon National Park, and trail work at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The View From Clingmans Dome At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

National park vistas often are breathtaking. They practically beg you to head off into the landscape. The way Andy Drinnon captured the view from Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park does just that...but it also stands on its own as a thing of beauty for the way he captures nature.

Higher Tennessee Specialty License Plate Sales Benefit Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Results of third quarter contributions from specialty license plate sales to the non-profit Friends of the Smokies have been announced by the State of Tennessee, and the good news couldn't have come at a better time. Revenue for organizations that assist the park was impacted by the recent government shutdown, so rising sales from vehicle tags will help with lost retail sales.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park To Burn 400 Acres Near Cataloochee

Smoky conditions likely will be found around Cataloochee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park over the next few weeks as park crews work on burning through 400 acres of landscape.
To Conserve Unimpaired: The Evolution of the National Park Idea There is no better time than now -- with the searing aspects of a shuttered National Park System still fresh -- to sit down with a copy of To Conserve Unimpaired, The Evolution of the National Park Idea.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Back To Normal After The Reopening

Chasteen Cascade
The first couple of days after Great Smoky Mountains National Park reopened were remarkably normal. Visitors were so happy to get back to the bookstores and the trails.

National Park Service Investigating Dirt Bike Ride In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

National Park Service authorities are investigating a magazine story about a dirt bike ride through Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including through a creek, during the government shutdown.

Around The Shutdown: Great Smoky To Open Briefly, Citations At Olympic National Park, State-Run National Parks

Great Smoky Mountains National Park to open Wednesday, citations issued at Olympic National Park, and a call for states to share in national park management are among the issues floating around the National Park System during the ongoing government shutdown.

Trail Magic Will Be Flowing Friday In Honor Of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, A.T.

A little Trail Magic will be flowing, quite literally, Friday as the Nantahala Brewing Co. celebrates the season, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

Seeing The Parks By Webcam During The Shutdown

Among the many casualties of the government shutdown are some of the popular webcam views of locations around the National Park System, since NPS and some other government web services have been disabled for the duration of the dispute. If you enjoy the ability to check in on favorite park locations via those cameras, all is not lost, however, and we'll provide some tips about park webcam views provided by non-government sources.

When Does Civil Disobedience Morph Into Criminal Mischief In National Parks?

When does a purported act of civil disobedience turn into criminal mischief in the National Park System? That's a good question as visitors across the country are turning a blind eye to closure signs and barricades.

Closure Of National Parks Costing Nation Roughly $76 Million A Day

How much is the closure of the National Park System costing the country in daily economic stimulus? According to figures calculated by Climate Progress, right around $76 million.

Update 3: Closed For Business: America's National Parks

Once-in-a-lifetime trips to majestic places such as the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone crumbled Tuesday as Congress's failure to avert a shutdown of the federal government interrupted countless vacation plans as closure gates came down across the National Park System.

Around The Parks: Wine Sales, Park Fees, Point Reyes Seals

A glance around the National Park System seems to show wine sales can benefit the parks, more and more user fees are being approved despite a five-year-old "moratorium" against them, and Point Reyes National Seashore has had a bumper crop of seals this year.

Federal Government Asks Court To Dismiss Backcountry Fee Lawsuit At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A group of backpackers who sued over a fee program instituted at Great Smoky Mountains National Park have failed to show they were harmed by the $4 nightly fees, according to a motion asking that the lawsuit be dismissed.
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With Debt Ceiling Approaching, How Will National Park Service React To Congressional Gridlock?

With the clock, and the calendar, ticking closer to congressional gridlock over the country's debt ceiling, how might the National Park Service react if October 1 arrives without an increase in the ceiling?

Taste The Mountain Life At Great Smoky Mountains National Park On September 21

You can, quite literally, sample the ways of the past at the annual Mountain Life Festival that will be celebrated at Great Smoky Mountains National Park on September 21.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park To Mark 80th Anniversary Of Civilian Conservation Corps

A look back at the Civilian Conservation Corps is planned for Saturday when the 80th anniversary of the workers' program is marked at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

"Elk Bike Patrol" Pedaling At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Park the rig and ride the bike. That's the tack being taken in the Cataloochee Valley of Great Smoky Mountains National Park this fall to better manage visitors and elk.

Fall In The National Parks: A Perfect Season For Catching The Wild Side Of The Park System

Wonderment and joy unfold in the national parks come fall when the wild kingdom becomes more visible, literally voicing the call of the wild in parks such as Great Smoky Mountains or Rocky Mountain or winging overhead in any number of parks.

Springhouse Branch Trail At Great Smoky Mountains National Park Closed To Horse Use

Heavy rains have created unsafe conditions for horses on the Springhouse Gap Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Telethon Raises More Than $200,000 For Friends Of The Smokies

Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park raised $201,423 through its 19th annual “Friends Across the Mountains” telethon thanks to hundreds of callers and help from sponsors Dollywood, Mast General Store, Pilot Corporation, and SmartBank.

Fall In The National Parks: A Kaleidoscope Of National Park Leaf-Peeping Drives

There is a magical quality to fall visits to Shenandoah National Park as mile after mile of trees blazing with vivid reds, oranges, and yellows come into view along Skyline Drive. In Rocky Mountain National Park, the aspen groves you see along the lower reaches of Trail Ridge Road turn so vividly gold in the fall that they take your breath away.
The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina: Walking a Thousand Miles through Wildness, Culture and History Not many new hiking trails arrive these years, so when a new one does surface, it's great to have a guide to help you plan a walk along it. What Danny Bernstein has done with The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina, is produce not a how-to book, but rather a why-to book.

North Carolina Legislature Retains Specialty Plates For Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Appalachian Trail

NC Smokies plate
The North Carolina Legislature passed a law that now authorizes the use of full-color specialty license plates. This money is used to support several national parks in the state.
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