Great Smoky Mountains National Park

More Than 900 Species New To Science Found In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Stand in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and you can't help but be enthralled by the lush forests and rolling mountains that surround you. Though a somewhat old landscape to modern civilization, the park continues to toss surprises in terms of the species that inhabit it.

Renovations To Upgrade Sugarlands Visitor Center In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Starting January 7, the Sugarlands Visitor Center in Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Gatlinburg, Tennessee undergoes renovations to improve the layout of the main lobby and visitor contact area.

Trails We Hiked in 2012 That We Think You'll Like

Few national park visits are complete without a hike of some distance and duration. We made the following hikes in the parks the past year, and think you'll find them interesting possibilities for 2013.

Check Out The National Parks We Explored In 2012

Part of the fun of the National Park System is exploring the various units to see what they have to offer. Here's a look at parks the Traveler "explored" in 2012.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Friends Of The Smokies Team Up To Hang Bear Wires In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A joint effort by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Friends of the Smokies has made it a wee bit safer for backcountry travelers in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

"Old-time Mountain Music" CD From Great Smoky Mountains National Park Earns Grammy Nomination

In 1939 a young graduate student named Joseph S. Hall spent nine months getting to know the people living in and around the newly created Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and recording their music and stories. Over 60 years later part of his work is included in a CD," Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music" that's been nominated for a Grammy.

Add To Your Collection Of National Park Memorabilia

How do you collect your national park memories?

Creature Feature: Some Squirrels Really Can Fly

Humans weren't the only ones stocking up for a feast this month. Flying squirrels, which call a number of national parks home, have been busy with their own meals with winter coming.

Emerald Ash Borer Infests The Backcountry Of Great Smoky Mountains

Last week, Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced and infestation of emerald ash borer (EAB). Park Biologist, Glenn Taylor, said, “The 1/2 inch-long metallic green emerald ash borer beetle lays eggs on the bark on all species of ash trees. That creates feeding tunnels that cut off nutrient and water flow to the tree, killing it in three to five years.

Saving Ginseng In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s ginseng poaching prevention program is equal parts science, conservation, and crime scene investigation. How the park approaches ginseng poaching is addressed in the following article from Friends of the Smokies.

Festival Of Christmas Past Coming To Great Smoky Mountains National Park On December 8

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be offering its annual Festival of Christmas Past on December 8. Co-sponsored by the park and Great Smoky Mountains Association, this will be the 37th edition of the festival that takes place each year on the second Saturday of December.

Update: Stranded AT Hiker In Great Smoky Mountains National Park Rescued

A 56-year-old North Carolina man stranded by wintry weather along the Appalachian Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park was rescued Friday afternoon by a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter crew.

Updated: "Superstorm Sandy" Brings Heavy Snows, Flooding, And Towering Waves To National Park System

Sunrise today showed deep, heavy snow in national parks in the Appalachians, flooding along coastal and barrier island parks, and waves towering more than two stories along some lakeshores farther inland.

Tallest Native Hardwood Tree In North America Is Located In A National Park

If you were looking for the tallest native hardwood tree in North America, where might you begin? A group of dedicated volunteers from the Native Tree Society has found the answer, and it's in a national park. Do you know which one can claim the honor?

Good News For The Popular Chimney Tops Trail At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The spectacular views from the Chimney Tops Trail make the two-mile route one of the most popular in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but heavy use and steep terrain have resulted in major resource damage and safety issues. Here's good news: phase one of a project to rehab the trail has just been completed.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Planning To Implement Backcountry Fees In 2013

A backcountry fee system will be implemented in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2013, unless a legal challenge derails it.

Reader Participation Day: Should Campground Reservations Be Mandatory In The National Park System?

Should campground reservations be mandatory in the National Park System, or should all campsites be on a first-come, first-served basis?

Obama Administration Report Says "Sequestration" Would Cut $218 Million From NPS Budget

Unless Congress averts a staggering budget "sequestration" early next year the National Park System will be devastated by underfunding that could force the Park Service to shutter more than 100 parks, according to the National Parks Conservation Association.

Man Who Claimed He Was Shot In Great Smoky Mountains National Park Changes Story

A man who claimed last week that he was shot in the leg while hiking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park has changed his story and now says the shooting occurred outside the park.

Fall Color Forecast: High Expectations For Bright Foliage In Eastern National Parks

With autumn in the offing, the question for leaf lookers heading to Eastern national parks is—what’s the foliage forecast for fall 2012? Howard S. Neufeld has some good news for you—but the reasons why aren’t simple.

Man Reports Being Shot Twice In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A backcountry hiker in Great Smoky Mountains National Park was transported to a hospital Friday afternoon with two gunshot wounds in his leg.

NPS Director Jarvis’ "Call to Action" Answered By New Program At Great Smoky Mountains Institute

When National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis exhorted conservationists to find ways to celebrate the 2016 anniversary of the NPS, the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont came up with the Youth Leadership Class of 2016.

Remains Found At Great Smoky Mountains National Park Belonged To Missing Tennessee Man

Remains found last month in Great Smoky Mountains National Park have been identified as those of a Tennessee man who went missing in the park back in March.

Legal Challenge Coming To Backcountry Fee At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

It might not cost you extra to venture off into the backcountry of Great Smoky Mountains National Park for an overnighter next year. That's because the park's intentions to levy a $4 per person per night charge is going to face a legal challenge.

Star Gaze Southern Appalachian National Parks In September

You’ll get startlingly close to galaxies, nebulae, planets and more at three great September star-gazing events at the loftiest viewing locations in Eastern America, thanks to Southern Appalachian National Parks.

Help Your Essential Friends: Suggestions On Contributing To National Park Friends Groups

Throughout the summer we've been celebrating the work of national park friends groups. While the summer is coming to an end, their good work continues throughout the year. And with that in mind, they could use your support to fund that work. Here's a look back at some of the park system's "essential friends" and how you can support them.

Trails I've Hiked/Video: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

September 4th, the popular National Park Exploration Video Series releases "The Great Smoky Mountains: Crown Jewel of the Appalachians." The video's on-camera guide is Randy Johnson, Traveler's travel editor and author of "Best Easy Day Hikes of Great Smokies." Our 10-minute video preview showcases why the Smokies is such a great place to hike.

Human Remains Found In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Human remains found in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are thought to be those of a man who went missing in the park this past March.

Fall Is The Best Time To Make Discoveries At The National Parks

If you’re in mood to travel, September and October are wonderful months to spend in the national parks. The crowds have departed, the animals are busy, and the fall color beckons. Now is the time park friends also host an array of workshops tailor-made for life-long learners.
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