Tag Archives: Smokies

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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Great Smoky Mountains National Park remains closed today due to hazardous weather conditions. Park roads are covered with ice and snow. Sub-freezing temperatures are expected throughout today. 

Most park roads are closed including Newfound Gap, Little River, Gatlinburg Bypass, Cherokee Orchard at park boundary, Laurel Creek, Cades Cove Loop, Upper Tremont, Foothills Parkway East & West, Wears Cove Gap, Old NC 284, Lakeview Drive, Greenbrier, Cataloochee Entrance and Tom Branch. All park facilities, including visitor centers, are …

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Park closed today due to hazardous conditions

GATLINBURG, Tenn. — Great Smoky Mountains National Park is closed today due to current hazardous weather conditions. Most park roads are closed including Newfound Gap, Little River, Gatlinburg Bypass, Cherokee Orchard at park boundary, Laurel Creek, Cades Cove Loop, Upper Tremont, Foothills Parkway East & West, Wears Cove Gap, Old NC 284, Lakeview Drive, …

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Lake Fire contained in Great Smoky Mountains National Park 

GATLINBURG, Tenn.—Firefighters have successfully contained the 10-acre Lake Fire near backcountry campsite 87 in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Firefighters will continue to monitor the fire through the weekend. Smoke may be visible as the fire smolders in leaf litter and brush. Campsite 87 remains closed.  The Lake Fire was …

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Park rangers scaling back on search for Gordon Kaye 

GATLINBURG, Tenn.—Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers and search teams will begin to reduce the scale of the search for Gordon Kaye. Kaye, from Tampa, FL, was reported missing on April 26. He was last seen on April 23 near a backcountry campsite in the Deep Creek area.  The search …

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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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Park rangers searching for missing man near Deep Creek

GATLINBURG, Tenn.—Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers are searching for a 69-year-old man in the Deep Creek area of the park. Gordon Kaye from Tampa, FL was last seen in the lower loop of Deep Creek Campground on Saturday, April 22. His family reported him missing yesterday, April 26. Kaye …

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Synchronous firefly lottery and viewing dates announced 

GATLINBURG, Tenn.—Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host the annual synchronous firefly viewing opportunity at Elkmont from Sunday, June 4 through Sunday, June 11. The public may apply for the limited viewing opportunity by entering a lottery for a vehicle reservation through www.recreation.gov. The lottery opens for reservation applications on …

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