Mount LeConte is the third highest peak in the Smokies at 6,593 feet in elevation. Only accessible by trail, it can be quite a trek to get to the top! Catching the sunset from Cliff Tops is a breathtaking experience that will leave you in awe! #SunsetSunday

Photo courtesy of Bob Carr
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in partnership with the Great Smoky Mountains Institute, has been monitoring tree phenology since fall of 2010 and has been a part of the National Phenology Network's tree phenology monitoring project since fall of 2013. The park is also a partner, with the NPN, in a related project, called A.T. Seasons, to monitor tree phenology along the length of the...
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Rusty patched bumblebees have been listed as endangered. We haven't seen this bee in the park since 2001. Park Entomologist, Becky Nichols, explains that "loss of habitat, pesticides, diseases, all of these things contribute to overall decline of pollinators."
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Species of bumblebee added to the endangered list
Spring has officially arrived, and soon visitors will be treated to bursts of color as wildflowers bloom! Did you know that Great Smoky Mountains has over 1,500 species of flowering plants?! #FactoidFriday

Photo courtesy of Kristina Plaas, Sharp-lobed Hepatica (H. acutiloba)
Women of Chestnut Flats, Cades Cove, ca. 1910. #WomensHistoryMonth #WomenOfTheSmokies #ThrowbackThursday
Deputy Superintendent Clayton Jordan welcomes participants in the park's Science Colloquium. Research in the park helps us to better protect our amazing natural resources. Thank you scientists! #parkscience
Middle Prong Trail is considered by some to be the best waterfall hike in the Smokies! Especially with recent rains, the cold mountain waters are gushing over numerous cascades! Located in the Tremont area, the trail also offers glimpses into the logging history of what is now Great Smoky Mountains National Park. #WaterfallWednesday

Photo courtesy of Bob Carr
Get all 29 park Topographic Maps on your mobile device! Install the free Visit [ Link ] to install the free GPS map app, then [ Link ] to download the free park topo maps directly to the app. Use the app to find coordinates and record GPS waypoints and track logs of your park adventure. #MarchMapness
The lookout tower atop Mount Cammerer yields spectacular views like this, but the climb isn't for the faint of heart! The most direct route follows steep switchbacks on Low Gap Trail from Cosby Campground before leveling out along the Appalachian Trail. At a strenuous 11 miles roundtrip, this hike is sure to delight those looking for a rewarding challenge! #TuesdayTrails

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Another great photo from the Gatlinburg-Pittman High School Chapter of Friends of the Smokies from the 4th Annual "Discover the Smokies" Photography Contest!

Today, please enjoy this 3rd Place Photo by Katie Messer entitled "King of Cataloochee.” Katie's image captured a large male elk grazing peacefully against fall scenery in Cataloochee Valley. We hope it inspires you on #TravelTuesday!
Going to the Smokies and I’m gonna get married….Planning a wedding in the park? Let our wedding planner map help you pick the best location. Visit [ Link ] and once you pick your spot, be sure to get the necessary permit.

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"Fourteen years after the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid invaded Shenandoah National Park, it had made its way almost 500 miles south to Great Smoky Mountains National Park . By then, in 2002, forester Jesse Webster and his staff at Great Smoky had developed one of the country’s most ambitious adelgid treatment programs."

“ 'This won’t be the next chestnut blight,' Webster says, referring to the...
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Sharing a little Smokies green on St. Paddy's Day!

Photo courtesy of Kristina Plaas.
Women dancing the 'green corn dance' at the Cherokee Indian Fair, October 1926, Cherokee, N.C. #WomensHistoryMonth #WomenOfTheSmokies #ThrowbackThursday #TBT
Newfound Gap is a March #WinterWonderland today with over 6 inches of snow still on the ground!
Special Thanks to the Gatlinburg-Pittman High School Chapter of Friends of the Smokies for sharing their photos from the 4th Annual "Discover the Smokies" Photography Contest!

Today, please enjoy this 4th Place photo by Sophomore, Wes Fortner, who took this image of the distant Great Smoky Mountains entitled "Sleeping Mountain." We hope it inspires you on #TravelTuesday!
The parks wetland communities have a strong chance for victory during this month’s March Mapness! Did you know that some of the most diverse species abundance you’ll see in one place in the park can be found in a wetland? Visit [ Link ] to see a story map about park wetlands. Explore the maps and post back: what trails would you hike on to find a Persistent, Emergent Palustrine...
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Researchers have been collecting ticks in the park and identifying which species they are to monitor for the species which is a vector for Lyme disease. So far the researcher has NOT found this species (Ixodes scapularis). Good news!

#ParkScience #ScienceSaturday
Crowds are going MAP for park sounds! Listen to the park on your computer at [ Link ]. What does silence sound like? View the maps to compare the park soundscape with, and without noise. Which do you prefer?
Night skies are pulling past the solar eclipse in tournament play! Check out the artificial radiance maps located at [ Link ]. The Smokies are the best place to get away from light pollution and observe the landscape above us! #MarchMapness