News From The Mountains

Bull elk, Jon Phillips
Haywood County TDA Grant supports Friends of the Smokies and Elk Bugle Corps

October 4, 2017

WAYNESVILLE, NC – Friends of the Smokies received a $2,650 grant from Haywood County Tourism and Development Authority in support of enriching the Cataloochee Valley elk viewing experience. The funds provided training, uniforms, and materials for the Elk Bugle Corps…

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Park to Open Chimney Tops Trail October 6

October 3, 2017

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials will open the Chimney Tops Trail to a newly developed observation point starting Friday, October 6, 2017. The entire trail has been closed to the public since the Chimney Tops 2 Fire event occurred…

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Sport the Bear Plate and Support the Smokies on the Road

WAYNESVILLE, NC – Scenic drives are not the only way to appreciate the mountains of Western North Carolina from a vehicle. Sales of Friends of the Smokies specialty plates for the first half of 2017 exceeded $230,000, a 6% increase…

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Park Hosts Volunteer Trail Opportunity for National Public Lands Day

September 19, 2017

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting a volunteer trail maintenance workday on Saturday, September 30 in celebration of the 24th annual National Public Lands Day. Participants are invited to participate on a trail rehabilitation project along the Clingmans Dome…

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