Tag Archives: Great Smoky Mountains

American Sign Language Day programs offered at Cades Cove April 13

GATLINBURG, Tenn.—Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s Signs of Spring event celebrating National American Sign Language Day will be back for the second year in Cades Cove on Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s theme will be “A Peek Behind the Scenes.” Stations throughout Cades Cove will …

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Multiple park roads closed due to downed trees 

GATLINBURG, Tenn.—Most roads in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are closed following a high wind event that occurred overnight. Trees are down across roads and trails. Crews are assessing conditions, clearing trees and will open roads when it is safe to do so.  The following roads are closed as of …

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Whiteoak Sink group size limited for wildflower viewing

GATLINBURG, Tenn.—Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced group size limits for the popular wildflower season at Whiteoak Sink. Individuals and small groups of eight or fewer people may access the Whiteoak Sink area throughout the wildflower season Monday, April 1 through Sunday, May 5. Whiteoak Sink is a unique, …

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Campfire ban lifted at Great Smoky Mountains National Park 

Campfire on the night party GATLINBURG, Tenn.—Effective Wednesday, November 29, the burn ban is lifted at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Although precipitation, cooler temperatures and shorter days allow for campfires to resume, fire danger is still high across the park and the area is experiencing drought.Campers may only have …

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Park adds two new members to its management team

GATLINBURG, Tenn.— Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials are pleased to welcome two new members to the Park Management Team. Katie Liming will serve as the Management Assistant and Daniel “Boone” Vandzura will serve as the Chief Ranger to oversee the Visitor and Resource Protection Division.   As the park’s Management Assistant, which functions as …

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Search continues for man missing in Deep Creek area 

GATLINBURG, Tenn.—Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers, with assistance from 29 area agencies, continued searching the Deep Creek area this weekend for missing 68-year-old Gordon Kaye, of Tampa, FL. Search teams focused on trails and areas in and around the Deep Creek Campground. Crews are prepared to continue search operations …

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