News From The Mountains

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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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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