News From The Mountains



Greenbrier Barn Party Tops $2 Million for National Park in 20th Year

May 14, 2018

KODAK, Tenn. – Friends of the Smokies hosted more than 600 guests at the 20th annual Greenbrier Barn Party on Friday, May 11th. The event raised more than $211,000 this year in support of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and…

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Park Invites Public Comment on Elkmont Wastewater Treatment Plant Project

May 11, 2018

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials invite the public to comment through May 31 on a draft environmental assessment (EA) for proposed upgrades to the Elkmont Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) in Sevier County, Tennessee. The plant serves the Elkmont Developed…

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Visitors Spend $923 million in Gateway Communities

May 4, 2018

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 11,338,893 visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2017 spent $922,947,100 in communities near the park. That spending supported 13,942 jobs in the local area. National park tourism is a…

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Park Celebrates Tourism Week with Local Communities, Employee of the Year

May 3, 2018

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is pleased to announce the selection of Michelle Bogart as the Park’s 2017 “Employee of the Year.” This marks the 34th anniversary of an important partnership between the park and its neighboring communities which recognizes…

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