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News From The Mountains



Park Tourism Generates $953 million in Visitor Spending

May 23, 2019

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 11,421,203 visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2018 spent $953 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 13,737 jobs in the local area. National park tourism is…

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Park Hosts Star Gazing Event at Purchase Knob

May 22, 2019

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting a stargazing event on Friday, May 31 at the Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center in North Carolina. Located on Purchase Knob at 5,000 feet in elevation, the learning center provides one of the…

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TVA Grant Funds Park Programs for Boys & Girls Club

May 16, 2019

KODAK, Tenn. – Friends of the Smokies has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to fund summer programs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) for urban youth in partnership with the Boys & Girls…

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Park Invites Volunteers to an Appalachian Trail Work Day

May 8, 2019

Great Smoky Mountains National Park staff and partners invite volunteers to participate in a service opportunity in celebration of National Trails Day on Saturday, June 1. The national park is once again working with the Friends of the Smokies, the…

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