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Every wondered how GSMNP counts its visitors?

The park has loop traffic counters on every park road that brings visitors into the park. Traffic counters record each vehicle that comes into the park on a daily basis and multiplies it by a factor of either 2.81 persons per vehicle for May through October or 2.5 persons per vehicle for November through April.

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When we captured these images in December 2015, signs were already pointing toward a record visitation year, which is exactly what happened -- a record 11,312,785 people visited this national park in 2016! Were you one of them?

Record Visitation?

In 1999, the Smokies had 10,283,598 visitors. At the end of November of this year, 10,145.090 visitors had visited the park. Due to unseasonably warm tempera...

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Park Sets Visitation Record in 2016

Throughout 2016, the park encouraged people to experience the park in honor of the National Park Service Centennial, and a record 11,312,785 did just that, a 5.6% increase over 2015. In addition, some 2,200 people joined Superintendent Cassius Cash in completing the Smokies Centennial Hike 100 challenge by exploring 100 miles of park trails.

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Great Smoky Mountains Association is growing. We're looking for sales professionals to help us spread the word about our work in support the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you enjoy meeting new people and forging relationships with park visitors and other professionals who feel the way you do about our beautiful national park, check below for details.

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We have seen our first significant snowfall of the year in the Great Smoky Mountains. About 4 inches of snow has accumulated in the lower elevations, with more significant snowpack in the upper elevations. The Rhododendron are like a thermometer and as the temperatures falls below 25°, the leaves droop and curl, and by 20°, they are curled very tightly that they look like green pencils. It...
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It's a snow day in the Smokies!

Park Facilities Closed Due to Inclement Weather

GSMNP officials closed all park facilities today, January 7, due to inclement weather. Sugarlands Visitor Center, Oconaluftee Visitor Center, and Cades Cove are closed.

Overnight, the park received 6 inches of snow in Cades Cove, 3 inches of snow at Mt. Le Conte, and 4.5 inches of snow near Park Headquarters....
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Temporary Road and Facilities Closures - Great Smoky Mountains National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

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Great Smoky Mountains Association is growing -- by two!

If you love the Smokies and you're looking for an exciting opportunity to work in our country's most visited national parks, one of these sales positions could be the perfect fit for you. We're looking for two people to help us spread the word about GSMA throughout the business communities around the park in Tennessee and North Carolina....
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Several trails closed due to the Chimney Tops 2 Fire have reopened.

The following areas are now open: Gatlinburg Trail, Sugarland Valley Nature Trail, Huskey Gap Trail, Backcountry Campsite 21, and quiet walkways along Newfound Gap Road between Sugarlands Visitor Center and Newfound Gap. Hikers are reminded to stay on established trails and to be cautious of overhead limbs and trail hazards...
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Several members of the GSMA team are making plans to attend the Public Lands Alliance Convention and Trade Show in February. And here's why...

Top 5 Reasons GSMA will Attend the 2017 Public Lands Alliance Convention

The Public Lands Alliance Tradeshow takes place in Washington DC on February 12th - 16th.

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Get a token of your great accomplishment of Hiking 100 miles for the NPS Centennial Challenge. This wooden ornament is custom made just for GSMA. It is locally made in Knoxville, TN. All sales benefit the park.

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It's been said that rising early for work is hard but easy for a day of hiking. Is that true? And how early have you set your alarm in anticipation of a day on the trail?
Smokies Guide, the official newspaper of GSMNP, has been updated since the November 28 Chimneys 2 Fire with two full pages of Q&A information about this 100-year event. See if your questions are answered below.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials reopened several trails that were closed due to the Chimney Tops 2 Fire. Hikers are reminded to stay on established trails and to be cautious of overhead limbs and trail hazards throughout the area.

The following areas are now open: Gatlinburg Trail, Sugarland Valley Nature Trail, Huskey Gap Trail, Backcountry Campsite 21, and quiet walkways along...
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Dennis Houk, our GSMA product foreman at our warehouse in Gatlinburg shows us how close the fire came to the building. The GSMA warehouse sits right on the edge of the park boundary. While we were fortunate and did not receive damage from the fires, many properties within the vicinity were completely destroyed and the fire burned very close to the property. The GSMA did take recent...
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Before-and-after pictures of the fire scars on Mt LeConte as visible from the Carlos Campbell Overlook. Interesting things to note: a lot of fire-adapted species like Table Mountain Pine were burned in this event, while a majority of the Cove Hardwood species still exist in the lower valley, where the understory was burned off, which will supply this biologically diverse forest with fresh...
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As producers of mountain music, GSMA knows how important musical instruments are to performers. That's why we were happy to learn about "Instruments From the Ashes," a fundraising effort with the sole purpose of donating instruments to local musicians affected by the Smoky Mountains wildfire.

And speaking of music, voting remains open for the "Top 10 Album of the Year" on WNCW Radio. Under...
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THANK YOU! The online NPS/GSMA Employees' Fire Relief Fund, which has raised nearly $160,000, has been closed. We feel it's time now to put these dollars to work helping the national park families who lost their homes during this tragedy.

In addition to our heartfelt thanks for your support, we ask that you consider supporting our area through these avenues:
- Friends of the Smokies -- For...
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GSMNP Ranger Brad Free explains that only about 2% of the national park was impacted by the Chimneys 2 Fire. While a few trails are closed at this time, a majority of the park is open to visitors, including all of Cades Cove, the entirety of North Carolina, Cosby and Big Creek areas.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park has developed an interactive map showing trail closures. Click on the link below, then put your cursor on the trail and the name will pop up.

Several areas within the park have reopened, including U.S. 441/Newfound Gap Road; however, several park trails remain closed due to crews still working on the areas damaged by the November 28 fire. #chimneytops2fire...
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