Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced a temporary ban on campfires in the park’s backcountry effective immediately. Due to extremely dry weather conditions and the amount of fresh leaf litter on the ground, the potential for escaped fires to occur in the backcountry has dramatically increased. The fire restriction will be in effect until further notice.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Bridge repairs will require the temporary closure of roads within the Greenbrier section of Great Smoky Mountains National Park during the month of November. The Ramsey Prong Road will be closed from the turnoff to the trailhead on Tuesday, November 1, through Monday, November 14, to allow repairs on two bridges.
Newly released US Topo maps for Great Smoky Mountains National Park provide more detail on the park, displaying the locations of trails, campgrounds, visitor centers, boundaries and other visitor information for the national park.
Cross your fingers for clear skies on October 8, as that's when a stargazing event is planned for Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s Inventory and Monitoring Branch has partnered with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the School of Arts at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to create a new web application called Species Mapper.
There's something about the Appalachians. Perhaps it was due to my college days in West Virginia, but the history and culture held in the mountains and hollows has always intrigued me. I felt that pull again earlier this week during a short visit to Shenandoah National Park. If you have felt it, too, you might want to visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park this weekend for the annual Mountain Life Festival.
Information Sought By Park Users, And That Provided By The National Park Service, Can Be Miles Apart
The information highway between park managers and park users can be full of curves and hills, as a recent situation at Great Smoky Mountains National Park demonstrated when it comes to what some users want in terms of information, and what parks routinely provide and even how they provide it.
A Georgia woman who got out of her car to look at a snake along Foothills Parkway in Great Smoky Mountains National Park was killed when she was hit by an oncoming vehicle.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Cumberland Gap National Historical Park rangers are leading a variety of summer programs for youth from the Knoxville Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley including Adventure Camps. Youth participating in the camps will spend three days in the Great Smoky Mountains and one day in Cumberland Gap learning about the unparalleled diversity of plant and animal life, rich cultural history, and numerous opportunities for recreation in our national parks.
Nearly four decades have passed since Congress directed the National Park Service to establish visitor carrying capacities for the National Park System, yet few parks have done so, according to a review by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.