News From The Mountains

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

May 2, 2019

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is pleased to announce the selection of Joy Absher as the 2018 “Employee of the Year” in concert with celebrating Tourism Week with local communities. This marks the 35th anniversary of an important partnership between…

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Smokies License Plates Pass New Milestone in Tennessee and North Carolina

April 29, 2019

KODAK, Tenn. – Twenty years after the launch of the program, drivers in Tennessee and North Carolina have raised more than $15 million in support of Friends of the Smokies through specialty license plate sales. The iconic black bear is…

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Great Smokies education ranger’s ‘remarkable passion’ wins her national award (Citizen Times)

April 24, 2019

via Karen Chavez, Asheville Citizen Times CHEROKEE – Susan Sachs’ love of dirt had become contagious. Sixth-graders from a Gatlinburg, Tennessee, elementary school were gleefully digging in it outside the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They…

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Park Announces Synchronous Firefly Viewing Dates

April 23, 2019

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have announced the dates for firefly viewing in Elkmont. Shuttle service to the viewing area will be provided on Thursday, May 30 through Thursday, June 6. All visitors wishing to view the synchronous fireflies…

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