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News From The Mountains



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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Friends of the Smokies, GSMA Continue Funding Weekend Visitor Center Openings Through President’s Day

January 24, 2019

Friends of the Smokies announced Thursday that the organization will continue funding to temporarily reopen Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, Tenn. and Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee, N.C. on weekends through President’s Day, Monday, February 18, if needed due to…

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Friends of the Smokies, Great Smoky Mountains Association to Reopen Park Visitor Centers for MLK Jr. Weekend

January 18, 2019

KODAK, Tenn. – Friends of the Smokies announced Friday that it will temporarily fund the reopening of Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, Tenn., and Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee, N.C., from Friday through Monday, Jan. 18-21. Visitation to the park…

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Park to Restore Accessibility and Some Basic Visitor Services

January 14, 2019

Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced today that recently closed areas of the park will once again be accessible to visitors beginning Sunday, January 13. Some basic visitor services, including campgrounds and restrooms, will reopen using revenue generated by recreation…

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