News From The Mountains



Friends of the Smokies, Great Smoky Mountains Association to Reopen Park Visitor Centers for MLK Jr. Weekend

January 18, 2019

KODAK, Tenn. – Friends of the Smokies announced Friday that it will temporarily fund the reopening of Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, Tenn., and Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee, N.C., from Friday through Monday, Jan. 18-21. Visitation to the park…

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Park to Restore Accessibility and Some Basic Visitor Services

January 14, 2019

Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced today that recently closed areas of the park will once again be accessible to visitors beginning Sunday, January 13. Some basic visitor services, including campgrounds and restrooms, will reopen using revenue generated by recreation…

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Park Remains Accessible During Partial Government Shutdown

December 22, 2018

During the partial shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, Great Smoky Mountains National Park will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. Roads and trails that are seasonally open…

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Tree Removal Work on Spur and Newfound Gap Road

December 6, 2018

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced temporary, single-lane closures along the Spur and a four-mile section of Newfound Gap Road from Sugarlands Visitor Center to the Chimney Tops Trailhead beginning Monday, December 11 through Friday, March 15 for tree…

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