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News From The Mountains



Park Announces Spring Opening Schedule

April 16, 2019

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials finalized the 2019 spring opening schedule for park facilities. Most campgrounds, picnic areas, and roads will open this Friday, April 19, in time for Easter weekend. The remainder of the facilities will open between…

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Park Plans Prescribed Burn Operation in Little Cataloochee

April 4, 2019

Great Smoky Mountains National Park fire management officials plan to conduct a 284-acre prescribed burn in the Little Cataloochee area on Thursday, April 4. The Little Cataloochee Trail will be closed to all public use from the Long Bunk Trail…

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Park and EBCI Finalize Agreement Allowing Sochan Gathering

March 26, 2019

Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians (EBCI) finalized a gathering agreement that allows the gathering of sochan (Rudbeckia laciniata) for traditional purposes by 36 permitted tribal members. Park Superintendent Cassius Cash and Principal…

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Olympian-Guided Hiking Series Kicks off 21st Year with Friends of the Smokies

March 13, 2019

KODAK, Tenn. – “Get on the Trail with Friends & Missy” is kicking off its 21st year as a guided hiking series to raise funds to support Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The series features day hikes in the Smokies…

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