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Category: Great Smoky Mountains National Park News

GSMNP hits record attendance in 2016

January 27, 2017

Hikers at Charlies Bunion

by Julie Dodd The Great Smoky Mountains National Park set a record for attendance in 2016 and was the most-visited national park in the country. A record 11,312,785 people visited the park, a 5.6 percent increase over 2015. National Park…

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Summer interns value GSMNP experiences

August 30, 2016

Summer Interns from NC and TN 2016

by Linden Jones Rising Junior at Asheville School Asheville, North Carolina Our six weeks in the Smokies were eye opening. We learned how to track elk using radio telemetry and triangulation. We helped out around the Oconaluftee and Sugarlands Visitor…

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Celebrating 100 Years of America’s Best Idea

August 25, 2016

When President Woodrow Wilson signed the¬†National Park Service Organic Act on August 25,¬†1916, there were only 35 national parks in the United States. Today, 413 units of the National Park Service cover 84 million acres in all 50 states and…

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