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"Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope."...Martin Luther King, Jr. An honor to be a part of the #MLK parade in Knoxville and be reminded of these great words that bring so much hope to our community then and now!
During 2016, a group of volunteers known as Centennial Ambassadors carried out the mission of connecting with and creating the next generation of park visitors, supporters, and advocates. They devoted over 2,300 hours of their time and made contact with over 26,000 people while representing the park at a myriad of outreach events across the region. Please join us in thanking these dedicated...
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Did you know Great Smoky Mountains NP is home to hundreds of wetlands? Learn more about these special ecosystems in our new interactive story map! #ParkScience #ScienceSaturday
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Along the trail to Mt. LeConte, February 1928 #ThrowbackThursday
PARK SETS VISITATION RECORD IN 2016!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park welcomed over eleven million visitors in 2016. Throughout the year, the park encouraged people to experience the park in honor of the National Park Service Centennial. In 2016, a record 11,312,785 people visited the national park, a 5.6% increase over 2015. In addition, over 2,200 people joined Superintendent Cassius...
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Thanks to the hard-working road crews, Newfound Gap Road is open! Enjoy the views along the way! #WildernessWednesday (Photo courtesy of Jim Bennett)
The sun has set on our Centennial year and we are kicking off our second century of service! Where was your favorite Smokies adventure during 2016? What's on the top of your list to do in the park this year? #TravelTuesday (Photo courtesy of Joshua Moore.)
With overnight lows of -7 at Mt. Le Conte, -3 at Cades Cove, and -1 at Park Headquarters, most park roads remain closed. Sugarlands and Oconaluftee Visitor Centers are open. Enjoy a few photos, courtesy of our hard-working road crew! #littleriverroad #thesinks
The first significant snowfall for 2017 closed park roads and facilities today including Sugarlands Visitor Center, Oconaluftee Visitor Center, and Cades Cove. 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 at Park Headquarters. Temperatures across the park this morning ranged from 3 degrees at Mt. Le Conte to 17 degrees at...
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A group of college students from Ohio State University spent part of their winter break helping the veg crew pull English Ivy at Elkmont. After lunch by the creek they turned their attention to Elkmont Campground and cleared storm debris from the campground roads and campsites. Thank you OSU!
#ScienceSaturday #ServiceSaturday #ParkScience
Let it snow! Park Headquarters received some accumulation last night, and more is predicted for this evening into Saturday morning. As a precaution, Newfound Gap Road (HWY 441) has been closed from Gatlinburg to Cherokee until further notice due to unsafe road conditions.
Hikers along Alum Cave Bluff. #ThrowbackThursday
New Year’s Day is tomorrow—what is your resolution? How about pledging to #FindYourPark? Or to #GetOutside more often? See you in 2017!

Here is the trail map to get you started ;) [ Go.nps.gov Link ]

Photo credit: Todd Amacker Conservation Visuals
Winter snows on Newfound Gap, ca. 1960's #ThrowbackThursday
Winter fog is commonplace in the Smokies. While it can create stunning views like these, it can also create treacherous driving conditions. Be sure to use your lights and take it slow on those mountain curves when it's foggy out there! #TravelTuesday (Photos: J. Renfro)
We haven’t seen any reindeer in the sky quite yet— have you? While reindeer are bit more famous, we still love seeing their cousins—white-tailed deer. Both reindeer and white-tailed deer are members of the Cervidae family. This family has hooves and antlers that are shed each year.

Can you think of another member of the Cervidae family that calls the park home? #ParkScience #ScienceSaturday
The Smokies takes on the Mannequin Challenge in Sugarlands Visitor Center, one of the busiest visitor centers in the National Park Service. Happy Holidays from Great Smoky Mountains National Park. #MannequinChallenge #FindYourPark
Park Lifts Campfire Ban Effective Friday, December 23

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials will lift the fire ban on Friday, December 23. Campfires and open grills have been banned in the backcountry since November 1 and throughout the park and frontcountry areas since November 15. Beginning Friday, visitors can have campfires and use grills at established frontcountry and...
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Gatlinburg, Tennessee, ca. 1949 #ThrowbackThursday