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Category: Friends of the Smokies

Park Hosts National Bat Week Program for Junior Rangers

October 18, 2019

From Great Smoky Mountains National Parks News Reports: Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host a Junior Ranger program in honor of National Bat Week on Saturday, October 19, from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. near the Oconaluftee Visitor Center…

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Photographing and viewing elk safely

October 17, 2019

elk in GSMNP - photo by Linda Spangler

by Julie Dodd Elk are one of the iconic animals of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and many park visitors are eager to view and photograph the elk. Most of the elk are located in North Carolina, in the…

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Trillium Gap Trail restoration work — highlight of Classic Hike

October 5, 2019

Trillium Gap Trail sign

by Julie Dodd The September Classic Hike of the Smokies was on one of the most popular trails in the Park – Trillium Gap Trail. Eleven hikers made the 13.1-mile roundtrip to Mt. Le Conte, which included hiking to Grotto…

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