Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Camper Killed As Severe Storm System Thrashes Natchez Trace Parkway

On April 26th and 27th, a 300-mile stretch of the Natchez Trace Parkway was impacted by several major storm systems that inflicted heavy property damage and killed a camper in his tent.

Former Seasonal Employee At Great Smoky Mountains National Park Sentenced For Killing Wildlife In Park

Federal authorities say a former seasonal employee of Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been sentenced to pay $3,000 in fines and restitution, and ordered not to hunt or accompany anyone while hunting, anywhere in the world, for two years, for killing a black bear and white-tailed deer in a national park.

Construction Making It Tough To Drive The Blue Ridge Parkway This Summer

Cruising the Blue Ridge Parkway end-to-end won't be easy this summer due to construction involving 28 miles of the handsome stone guardwalls that line the route.

Inn Step With Asheville, The Blue Ridge Parkway’s Premier Place to Pause

Even if you don’t explore the Blue Ridge Parkway’s miles of easy “leg-stretcher” trails, this meandering, 45-mph-motor-trail delivers the explosive bloom of Appalachian spring right through the windshield.

Save Money On Your Next Visit To More than 100 Units of the National Park System

Interested in saving some money while enjoying the national parks? Click over to Eastern National from the Traveler and you can save 10 percent on your entire purchase of maps, guidebooks, and other interpretive materials.

White-Nose Syndrome Confirmed In Bats At New River Gorge National River

Another unit of the National Park System has detected white-nose syndrome in its bat populations.

Trails I've Hiked: Spruce Flat Falls in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Spruce Flat Falls is one of the hidden gems of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The hike is about a mile each way, not too rugged, but with a bit of a climb. The trail passes through a thicket of Mountain Laurel, which will be in bloom the first week or two in May. It's also a wonderful spot for photography.
The National Parks: Our American Landscape If the cover photo of The National Parks, Our American Landscape, doesn't encourage you to call in sick and head into the national parks, well, perhaps one of the hundreds of other images inside this book will.

Kicking Off National Park Week By Getting Dirty At Joshua Tree National Park

National Park Week arrived in Southern California with hot, dry, sunny weather, and a volunteer effort indicative of the good that can be done for national parks when the need is demonstrated.

Plans To Shut Down Coal-Fired Power Plants Should Help Clear Air Over Great Smoky Mountains National Park

While much of the haze that inspired the name for Great Smoky Mountains National Park is natural, more than a little is the result of pollution from coal-fired power plants. But a landmark agreement should soon lead to less pollution over the park, which will be good for both views and your health.

Mammoth Cave National Park Officials Taking Added Precautions Against White-Nose Syndrome

White-nose syndrome, a deadly disease that's spreading through bat colonies in the eastern half of the United States, has been detected in Kentucky, prompting officials at Mammoth Cave National Park to step up their safeguards against the disease.

Sixty Years Later, "Permanent" Oconaluftee Visitor Center Opens In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Oconaluftee Visitor Center
The new Oconaluftee Visitor Center on the North Carolina side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is airy, spacious and so beautiful.The museum focusses onthe cultural history of the 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, www.terragalleria.com/parks

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.
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