Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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

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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

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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.

Friends Of Smokies, Appalachian Trail Conservancy String More Bear Cables In The Smokies

For the third year in a row the Friends of the Smokies and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy have teamed up to string bear cables in the backcountry of Great Smoky Mountains National Park so backpackers can keep food and gear away from bruins.

Volunteers Honored At Great Smoky Mountains National Park For Thousands Of Hours Of Service

Volunteers are a large part of the national park community, donating time and sweat to help improve their favorite park. At Great Smoky Mountains National Park, officials recently honored some volunteers who eclipsed 5,000 hours of service to the park.

Chimney Tops Trail Reopens In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Just in time for the extended Fourth of July weekend, the Chimney Tops Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been reopened after extensive trail work. However, more work to the trail will require temporary closures in the weeks to come.

Update: Great Smoky Mountains National Park Trails Closed By Storm Damage, Hiker Injured

A military helicopter was used Friday to airlift an injured hiker from the backcountry of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the wake of a tornado that raked the area and left behind a jumbled tangle of trees that made a foot rescue impractical.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Will Offer Raptor Program Thursday

A program on raptors that soar above Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be offered this Thursday at the Oconaluftee Multipurpose Room.

Essential Friends + Gateways: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, A Great Gateway To The Smokies

What could be better than combining the Great Smokies, America’s most-visited national park, with an iconic gateway to summer fun in the South?

Democratic Congressman Laments Impact Of Budget Sequestration On National Parks

Just ahead of the Memorial Day Weekend, the traditional kickoff to summer, a Democratic congressman has released a report pointing to how the budget sequestration has impacted the National Park System, citing reduced search-and-rescue capabilities in some parks to dirtier restrooms in others.
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