Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Recent Rescues Demonstrate Dangers Of Going Off Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Inviting as the lushly vegetated landscape that wraps the trails that wind through Great Smoky Mountains National Park might be, heading off-trail can be incredibly dangerous, as two recent incidents in the park demonstrate.

Summer Special: Wildflowers in the National Parks

Gray's Lily on the MST on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Summer brings a wealth of flowers to those parks that have enjoyed spring flowers like Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It also brings flowers to Rocky Mountain National Park and the parks in Alaska where the snow is just melting.

Odds and Ends -- Bears and Guns, Shuttles, Roads, Cycling, and More -- From Around the National Park System

Clingmans Dome Road opening early in Great Smoky Mountains, spring cycling in Yellowstone National Park, and other tidbits from around the National Park System.

Traveler Welcomes Eastern National and O.A.R.S.

A cooperating association that has been developing educational and interpretive materials for units of the National Park System since 1947 and an outfitter that can take you down rivers in some of the West's most iconic national parks are the latest organizations and businesses to help keep the Traveler on-line.

Off The Well-Trod Path: The Mayna Avent Cabin In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

While much is known and obvious to national park visitors, there are somethings that are not well-known and often remain secret unless you either stumble upon them or learn of them from a local. Such just might be the case with the Mayna Avent cabin in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Adopt-A-Trail or Adopt-a-Campsite at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

If you enjoy hiking or backcountry camping at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, here's a chance to help make a difference for everyone who takes advantage of those opportunities. The park is recruiting for volunteers for its Adopt-a-Trail (AAT) and Adopt-a-Campsite (AAC) programs, and training is coming up soon.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Pioneer cabin copyright by QT Luong,

Proof of landscape resiliency -- and incredible diversity -- are on display in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Many stories are told within the park’s roughly 800 square miles that cover the Tennessee-North Carolina border like a rumpled blanket.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Opening Facilities For Summer Season

Some secondary roads and campgrounds in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are scheduled to open today, marking the start of the park's summer season as crews work to open roads and facilities that have been closed all winter.

Free Teacher Workshop At Great Smoky Mountains National Park on March 26

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a fount of inspiration and information for science teachers with its incredible biodiversity. With that in mind, park officials have scheduled a workshop for North Carolina teachers interested in bolstering their lesson plans.

Friends Of The Smokies Working To Save Great Smoky Mountains National Park's Hemlock Trees

From time to time we bring you stories about insecticide spraying in Great Smoky Mountains National Park to combat a non-native pest that is a threat to the park's stands of Eastern hemlock trees. Another chapter of that saga comes from Friends of the Smokies, which raises funds to help carry that battle to the pests.

Searching for Spring Flowers in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Azaleas on Gregory Bald
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world. The display of wildflowers is amazing from early March to late November. Here's where to find the best flower trails for Spring.

Hiking all the Trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Grapeyard Trail
The Smokies 900M Club recognizes those who have hiked all the trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. But are there similar clubs for other parks?
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Volunteer Opportunities at Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains NP

Clingman's Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park can claim some impressive superlatives. At 6,643 feet, the area is not just the highest point in the park and in the state of Tennessee, it's also the second-highest point in the country east of the Mississippi River. If you enjoy a long-range view, this is also the only location in any national park which offers the potential to see into parts of seven different states…but only if the visibility is exceptionally good.

National Park Mystery Plant 17 Revealed

It helped if you knew where van Gogh was from.

Road Work Planned for Newfound Gap Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

It's less than three miles of roadway, but when work begins on a stretch of Newfound Gap Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park next month, it will at times pinch the road down to one lane, according to park officials.

Updated: National Park Service Budget Would Grow by $138 Million Under President's FY12 Proposal

President Obama's FY12 budget request, if approved by Congress, would give the National Park Service a $2.9 billion budget, an increase of nearly $138 million above current funding levels.

Wildlife Experts Joining Calls Of Alarm Over White-Nose Syndrome In Bats

With traces of white-nose syndrome in bat colonies being found further and further west of the Northeast where it was first documented, more and more concern is being raised over the disease's potential to decimate bat species.

Record 2010 Visitation at Bryce Canyon National Park, Steady Visitation At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

While Bryce Canyon National Park counted a record number of visitors in 2010, at Great Smoky Mountains National Park visitation was flat from 2009.

Trails I've Hiked: The Smokemont Loop Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Bradley Fork on the Smokemont Loop
Hike the Smokemont Loop in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the winter. The hike offers streams, a cascade, and plenty of history.

Updated: Winter's Work: Plan Your Summer or Fall National Park Vacation Now

Now is the time to be planning your summer or fall vacations to the national parks.

Exhibit At Great Smoky Mountains National Park Addresses White-Nose Syndrome in Bats

The role of bats in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and a deadly disease that threatens their existence, is the subject of an exhibit at the park's Sugarlands Visitor Center.

Coalition Plans To Sue Federal Agencies Over Air Pollution Affecting National Parks, Wilderness Areas, and Wildlife Refuges

A coalition announced plans today to sue federal agencies, including the Interior Department and Environmental Protection Agency, for failing to protect airsheds over national parks, wilderness areas, and wildlife refuges.

Reader Participation Day: How Important Are National Park Visitation Data to You?

How important is it to you to know that Glacier National Park saw record visitation in 2010, that visitation to Great Smoky Mountains National Park dipped, or that overall visitation to the National Park System declined by 1 or 2 percent or rose by 1 or 2 percent in any one year?

Grant Will Help Blue Ridge Parkway Ranger Collect Oral Histories

A National Park Foundation grant will enable a ranger at Blue Ridge Parkway to collect oral histories from a number of workers who helped build the parkway in the 1930s and 1940s.

What Are The Top Issues Confronting The National Park System?

What are the top issues confronting the National Park System? A slew of answers could be tacked onto that question, ranging from sprawl outside park boundaries and habitat fragmentation to pollution.

111th Congress Did Well When it Comes to National Park Wilderness, But It Could Have Done Better

A review of how Congress acted on wilderness legislation shows that the National Park System benefited quite nicely during the 111th session, but it could have fared better.

Looking Back On 2010 Across the National Park System

What were the top stories across the National Park System in 2010? There were more than a few, ranging from the tragic loss of three Katmai National Park and Preserve employees to a small-plane crash to the ongoing controversy over whether birds, turtles and off-road vehicles can co-exist at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Let's take a look back through the year at some of the stories.

A Year's Worth of Trails to Hike in the National Parks

Hiking trails are one of the best ways to enjoy national parks. They lead you out into nature, get you some exercise, and quite often showcase some gorgeous vistas. Here's a look back at some of the great trails we've mentioned on the Traveler during the past 12 months.

Books We've Read, And Liked, in 2010

There were quite a few books relating to national parks that arrived in 2010, and while we didn't get to read them all, the ones we did we liked. Here's a look back at our Fireside Reads from the year.

Jennifer Pharr Davis Discusses Speed Hiking, Long-Distance Hiking, And Youth in the Outdoors

For some, hiking can be addicting. For Jennifer Pharr Davis, it became both an avocation and her vocation.
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