Tag Archives: National Park Service

Solar eclipse viewing at the Smokies

Partial Solar eclipse GATLINBURG, Tenn.—On Monday, April 8, a total solar eclipse will be visible across a swath of the United States stretching from Texas to Maine. Great Smoky Mountains National Park lies outside the path of totality but will experience an 86 to 87% obstruction of the sun during …

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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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Great Smoky Mountains National Park and City of Gatlinburg launch bilingual Storybook Trails of the Smokies 

GATLINBURG, Tenn.—Great Smoky Mountains National Park, City of Gatlinburg-Parks and Recreation, Great Smoky Mountains Association, and Sevier County School System are launching bilingual Storybook Trails across public parks on Friday, May 19, 2023. A Storybook Trail is a fun, educational outdoor activity that takes the pages from a children’s book and …

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Greenbrier Road and Porters Creek Trail open 

GATLINBURG, Tenn.—Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that Greenbrier Road, Porters Creek Trail, Brushy Mountain Trail, and campsites 31, 32, and 33 are now open to public use. Old Settlers Trail and Grapeyard Ridge Trail re-opened to public use earlier this month.  Ramsey Cascades Road and Ramsey Cascades Trail …

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