Explore, learn, and share you time and talent while helping us protect this special place!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is seeking volunteers to assist rangers with managing traffic and establishing safe wildlife viewing areas within the Cataloochee Valley area. Volunteers will receive information and training in wildlife behavior, safe viewing practices, and cultural history.
To...
View details ⇨
Explore learn and share you time and talent while helping us protect this special place

Volunteer - Great Smoky Mountains National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

nps.gov
Sharon Plyler
Hip hip hooray for Ramsay Cascades!

Ramsey Cascades Trail will reopen on Thursday, April 27 following the installation of a new foot log. The trail has been closed since August 2016 when the foot log was damaged by a fallen tree.

Add this adventure to your vacation.
Hip hip hooray for Ramsay Cascades Ramsey Cascades Trail will reopen on

Ramsey Cascades - Great Smoky Mountains National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

nps.gov
Don Mroczko
Billie Jo Bordelon Campbell
Lloyd Seay
This year's firefly viewing dates in Elkmont have been announced...
This year's firefly viewing dates in Elkmont have been announced

Park Announces 2017 Synchronous Firefly Viewing Dates

smokiesinformation.org
LA McAllister
Benard Deb
Mike Waalkes
As the foliage begins to emerge from deciduous trees in the Great Smokies, it's becoming evident which areas experienced severe wildfire activity.
As the foliage begins to emerge from deciduous trees in the Great
Jason Walters
Barbara W. Brandt
Charles Bane
State officials sent their congratulations to GSMA for our "New Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music" album's recent achievements in the form of an official joint resolution. Check it out...
State officials sent their congratulations to GSMA for our New OldTime Smoky

Tennessee Senate honors On Top Of Old Smoky - Bluegrass Today

bluegrasstoday.com
Anthony J Bertucci Jr
Re M Valentine
Just in time for Earth Day -- mountain laurel is blooming in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. How are you marking Earth Day where you are?
Just in time for Earth Day mountain laurel is blooming in Great
Charity Codey Drake
Michele Becker
Roma L Chabot
GSMNP host a volunteer work day at the Mountain Farm Museum near Cherokee, N.C., on Tuesday, April 25. The park received a $5,000 grant from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area to create a modified fencing to protect the gardens from elk.

“Since the elk have returned, the corn field and vegetable garden have provided an attractive food source for them,” said Park Ranger Lynda Doucette....
View details ⇨
GSMNP host a volunteer work day at the Mountain Farm Museum near
Casey Rayls
Cathy Blackburn
Joe Harris
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is renowned for its variety of wildflowers. Over 1,500 species grow in the Smokies, more than in any other North American national park. This outstanding example of flame azalea was spotted on a hiking trail near Gatlinburg just this week.

GSMA provides our members exclusive access to an updated list of wildflowers blooming in the park throughout the...
View details ⇨
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is renowned for its variety of wildflowers
Debbie Dean Bowman
Laura J Pearson
Donna Randazzo
Meet the Author - Jeff Alt will discuss his collection of hiking-related books at Sugarlands Visitor Center Sunday, April 23, beginning at 10 a.m. He is the author of "The Adventures of Bubba Jones," "Get Your Kids Hiking" and "A Walk for Sunshine." Bring your copies or purchase new ones when you arrive. Jeff will be happy to sign them for you. All purchases support the national park.
Meet the Author Jeff Alt will discuss his collection of hikingrelated books
Sara Lucas
Teresa Strange Curtis
Rosemary Deitzer
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials hosted a celebration for the commencement of the final capstone-paving project for Foothills Parkway. Read more...
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials hosted a celebration for the commencement

Auto- Touring | Great Smoky Mountains Association

smokiesinformation.org
Babs Adams Des Marteau
Peggy Jackson
Greta Cline
Found a gorgeous patch Yellow Trillium (Trillium luteum) and young Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) behind Sugarlands Visitor Center.

What wildflower are you going to look for when you come to the Smokies?
Found a gorgeous patch Yellow Trillium Trillium luteum and young Jackinthepulpit Arisaema
Tina Dyer K
Shirley Mckinney
Rachel Rabalais
Kathy Smith Hamill
Jane Murphy Manspeaker
Sarah Bergeron McDuffie
If you’re in the Sylva area on April 22, be sure to stop by the GSMA booth at Greening Up the Mountains and say, “Hi.” We’ll be there to help you make or renew your connection with Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

[ Greeningupthemountains.com Link ]
If youre in the Sylva area on April 22 be sure to
Kim Ellis Melton
Show support for the Smokies and get in gear for Friends of the Smokies Cades Cove Loop Lope! Pre-registered runners will have a choice of the full 11 mile loop or a 3.5 mile loop course. Registration will open on August 1st.

For GSMNP Superintendent Cassius Cash, the race marks an opportunity to connect with the next generation of public lands stewards who are active in our national parks....
View details ⇨
Show support for the Smokies and get in gear for Friends of

Cades Cove Loop Lope – Friends of the Smokies

friendsofthesmokies.org
Sharon Owens
R Wesley Endres
Linda Miller Craig
GSMA collaborated with Liz Domingue and Just Get Outdoors for an All Womens Backpacking adventure where they hiked Porters Creek trail to pitch tents and sleep under the stars.

Thanks Liz Domingue for supporting GSMA and helping our members connect with the Smokies. We are looking forward to more 2017 adventures with you.

Women in the backcountry rock!
GSMA collaborated with Liz Domingue and Just Get Outdoors for an All
Just Get Outdoors
Sharon Daunhauer Renfro
Teresa Kientz
Thank you, Bluegrass Today, for your shout-out to our album of old-time Smoky Mountain music. Get your copy today and help support the Smokies: [ Smokiesinformation.org Link ]
Thank you Bluegrass Today for your shoutout to our album of oldtime

Another award for On Top Of Ole Smoky - Bluegrass Today

bluegrasstoday.com
LeRoy Hogan
Springtime is here and camping season is around the corner!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the largest protected areas in the eastern United States where black bears can live in wild, natural surroundings. Though populations are variable, biologists estimate that roughly 1,500 bears live in the park. This equals a population density of approximately two bears per square mile....
View details ⇨
Springtime is here and camping season is around the corner

Appalachian Bear Rescue – A black bear care facility

appalachianbearrescue.org
Lynda Herrmann Cippoletti
Are you bringing your family to the Smokies and looking for something the kids can do?

Help them celebrate Junior Ranger Day and National Parks Week in the Great Smoky Mountains!

Saturday, April 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. your family can participate in special activities at the Sugarlands Visitor Center, Cades Cove Visitor Center, and Oconaluftee Visitor Centers. Kids of all ages are...
View details ⇨
Are you bringing your family to the Smokies and looking for something the kids can do
Brenda Hart
If you’re in the Sylva area on April 22, be sure to stop by the GSMA booth at Greening Up the Mountains and say, “Hi.” We’ll be there to help you make or renew your connection with Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

[ Greeningupthemountains.com Link ]
If youre in the Sylva area on April 22 be sure to
Elkmont Historic District demolition project updated schedule:

Little River Trail: Closed from the trailhead to the junction with Cucumber Gap Trail Monday-Friday until May 5. All campsites & shelters in the backcountry will remain open and can be accessed using routes that do not include the closed section of the Little River Trail.

Jakes Creek Trail: Closed from the trailhead to the...
View details ⇨
Elkmont Historic District demolition project updated schedule:
Lolly Winn
Beth McWhorter Adams
Laurie Smalley