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News From The Mountains



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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Trillium Gap Trail Rehabilitation Begins May 13

May 7, 2019

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that a 2-year trail rehabilitation project will begin next week on Trillium Gap Trail. Due to the construction process on the narrow trail, a full closure is necessary for the safety of both…

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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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