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News From The Mountains



Park Visitation Rises in 2018 with New Foothills Parkway

February 21, 2019

Great Smoky Mountains National Park welcomed a record 11,421,203 visitors in 2018. The 0.7% increase over 2017 is due to the opening of the new section of the Foothills Parkway between Walland and Wears Valley in November. In just two…

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Park Announces Paving Project on Little River Road

February 15, 2019

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that a pavement preservation project will begin Tuesday, February 19 on Little River Road. A thin pavement overlay will be applied to the entire length of the 16.5-mile roadway between Sugarlands Visitor Center…

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Panel to Discuss Smokies 900-Miler Trail Challenge

February 4, 2019

ASHEVILLE, NC – One of the best ways to explore a national park is on foot, and few parks offer a trail system as extensive as Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s nearly 900 miles. On Tuesday, February 19 at 7:00pm,…

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Park Resumes Full Operations

January 28, 2019

With the enactment of the continuing resolution, staff at Great Smoky Mountains National Park resumed regular operations beginning Saturday, January 26. Many basic services were accessible to visitors on weekends and holiday periods throughout the shutdown period using a combination…

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