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Volunteers are wanted to help track nature's calendar in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with training sessions planned for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg and Saturday, March 3, at Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee. Recruits will ...
Originally from Indiana, Lee is a graduate of Ball State University in Indiana and a 30-year veteran of the National Park Service, starting his career as a seasonal ranger and wildland firefighter in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He has extensive experience working with NPS staff, partners, ...

Take a minute and help a project that rehabilitates trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park get some recognition. Trails Forever, a program that rebuilds and restores trails in the Smokies, is in the running for an "Outstanding Public Engagement" award from the Public Land Alliance. Voting will be ...
Monthly guided day hikes of varying length and difficulty raise money for the Trails Forever endowment to help maintain the nearly 900 miles of trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Mountain vistas, historic structures, wildflowers, and waterfalls are just a few of the highlights participants can ...
Originally from Indiana, Lee is a graduate of Ball State University in Indiana and a 30-year veteran of the National Park Service, starting his career as a seasonal ranger and wildland firefighter in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He has extensive experience working with NPS staff, partners, ...
Dan Pierce is UNC-Asheville's National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Professor in the Humanities. He's written several books on the history of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Pierce attributes his love of the park to first passing through it on Highway 441 when his family moved to ...

GSMNP (WVLT) -- The Great Smoky Mountains National Park welcomed a record number of visitors in 2017, according to park officials. 11,338,894 people visited the park in 2017, a .2% increase over 2016. "We strive each year to provide exceptional services to the visitors who come to enjoy the Smokies," ...
Locally operated visitors centers will step into the gap for hikers and other travelers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this week while rangers remain furloughed during the federal government shutdown. East Tennessee's flagship national park remains mostly open, but anyone looking for a ...
play. CLOSE. Knox County Schools teachers take part in a new workshop in Great Smoky Mountains National Park designed to help students learn through interaction with the park. ... What does the federal government shutdown mean for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park? In a nutshell, some ...
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK — Camping in the country's favorite national park will cost more this spring, but the Smokies can still be considered a bargain when it comes to mountain-view and stream-side camping in the mountains. The fees, which are increasing between 10 percent to ...
Snowy stream in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. "This time of year, January or early-February, will not impact that much," said Ken Maples, a city commissioner in Pigeon Forge who also manages a hotel and promotes tourism in Sevier County. "Valentine's Day is the next big weekend for our ...
Park facilities and most park roads were closed in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Wednesday due to the freezing temperatures and snow. No major incidents occurred in Swain County overnight due to the weather. Brian Burch, NC DOT Division 14 acting division engineer, said DOT began ...
The Waynesville town board took a symbolic stand in support of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway by adopting a resolution calling for federal funding to address crumbling infrastructure in the national park system. Mayor Gavin Brown noted that the Smokies and the ...
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Facilities at Great Smoky Mountains National Park closed Wednesday due to inclement weather, according to park officials. Sugarlands Visitor Center, Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Park Headquarters and all administrative offices were closed. Most park roads were also closed ...
Great Smoky Mountains National Park says it is raising fees for front-country campgrounds and picnic pavilions by 10 to 25 percent. The park said in a news release Tuesday that the rate increases are scheduled to begin March 1st. Park officials say rate increases are needed to meet rising operations costs ...
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is increasing fees at frontcountry campgrounds and picnic pavilions starting March 1. The increase, which ranges from 10 to 15 percent, has been determined over the past year, after examining public comments, operating costs and projected budget levels, Park ...
Yet the most visited park in the system — Great Smoky Mountains National Park — does not charge for entry. Under an agreement that transferred the land to NPS in the '30s, the iconic park must remain open to anyone free of charge in perpetuity. All told, NPS maintains 417 parks across the country.

It's not clear from the release whether any other fire survivors will appear on the episode, or how much - if at all - the show will deal with the wildfire itself, which began after high-speed winds fanned a five-day-old blaze inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the midst of a drought and drove the ...
Officials with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have announced fee increases at frontcountry campgrounds and picnic pavilions, starting on March 1, 2018. The increases range from 10 to 15 percent, which average out to about $3 to $5, depending on the area. For example, a camping spot in ...
When I came to Knoxville to work for the News Sentinel 50 years ago this month, Duncan was a congressman. Duncan is still a congressman. But they aren't the same person. They're father and son. I've been thinking about what's different and what's the same in politics and news since walking into the ...
The hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) invaded the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2002. The tiny insect from Asia has killed millions of hemlock trees in the Eastern U.S. The pest gets its name from the white woolly coating that surrounds and protects the nymphs while they feast on hemlock trees in ...
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is closing a few roads ahead Christmas Eve due to the potential for cold winds and possible ice and snow. At 7 p.m. on Sunday, U.S. Highway 441/Newfound Gap Road will be closed due to potential high winds and snow between Gatlinburg, Tenn. and Cherokee, ...
The signs of the holiday season are all around in Sevier County, and the draw of the mountains is strong as ever. “We come here every year for Christmas,” said Jimmy Dunn, of McMinnville. “We have for at least the last five years anyway.” Dunn and his wife, Wanda, travel to Gatlinburg to celebrate the ...
Poor communication by Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers with Gatlinburg authorities undermined the initial response to last year's deadly wildfire and cost lives, a report released Tuesday found. "Insufficient warning by (the park) contributed to a dramatically reduced time frame to conduct ...
A boy fly fishes in a Smokies stream during the 2017 Great Smoky Mountains Trout Adventure Camp. Registration is open for this year's camp, to be held June 18-23 at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Contributed Photo. Facebook · Twitter · Email ...
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Representatives from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park said 2017 was another record year for visitation with more than 11 million people visiting the park. New numbers released by the national park showed the Smokies as the most ...
Rangers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have a new warning for hikers on the Chimney Tops trail who may be ignoring posted ...
These treasured fish are native to the streams of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and restoring this magnificent species to its original ...
GSMNP, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Rangers said visitors should be aware that the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is expected to receive high ...
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK - A New York man died in a single motorcycle crash early Saturday morning, according to a ...
GSMNP (WVLT) -- The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Rangers and the Gatlinburg Fire Department said a 74-year-old man died in a ...
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials will reopen Friday the Chimney Tops Trail that's been closed since the Chimney Tops 2 wildfire ...
“We are excited to complete the work on the Chimney Tops Trail in time for the fall color season in Great Smoky Mountains National Park,” said ...
Tree trunks remain from trees cut down during renovation work in the Historic Elkmont District of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. (Photo: ...
Anderson Design Group of Nashville, Tenn. has partnered with UNC Asheville historian Daniel S. Pierce to create the Illustrated Guide to Great ...
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) – It doesn't feel like fall, but it's starting to look like it in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Fall leaves are ...
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) – Rangers with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are investigating after five vehicles were found ...
Two separate motorcycle crashes Sunday evening in Great Smoky Mountains National park killed one man and the second operator was ...
But the worst of the worst was in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Chimney Tops Fire was first reported on Nov. 23. A small ...
The chief ranger at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been repeating himself about the poached plant for around 30 years.
GATLINBURG - Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials say the storm is expected to create high winds and heavy rains throughout the ...
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Rangers and Gatlinburg Fire Department responded to a report of a single motorcycle accident on Little ...
Black Mountain resident and historian Dan Pierce will present a book talk on "The Illustrated Guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park" at ...
Knox County Schools teachers take part in a new workshop in Great Smoky Mountains National Park designed to help students learn through ...
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) – It doesn't feel like fall, but it's starting to look like it in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Fall leaves are ...
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) – Rangers with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are investigating after five vehicles were found ...
Two separate motorcycle crashes Sunday evening in Great Smoky Mountains National park killed one man and the second operator was ...
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK Overnight, the park experienced winds across ridges of the higher elevations with sustained ...
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will close Newfound Gap Road and Little River Road on Monday at 5 p.m. due to the high winds ...
Senator Lamar Alexander and Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke address the upcoming Gatlinburg fire review and fielded questions from the ...


 

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