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News From The Mountains



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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Park Plans Additional Prescribed Burn Operation in Little Cataloochee

April 16, 2019

Great Smoky Mountains National Park fire management officials plan to conduct a 780-acre prescribed burn in the Little Cataloochee area on Wednesday, April 17. The Little Cataloochee Trail will be closed to all public use from the Long Bunk Trail…

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Anakeesta Hosts Local Appreciation Days April 29 – May 5 Benefitting Friends of the Smokies

Residents and employees of Sevier, Cocke, Jefferson, Knox, and Blount Counties are invited to visit Anakeesta for just $5.00 from April 29th – May 5th. A portion of the proceeds from this week-long local appreciation days will be donated to…

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