Great Smoky Mountains National Park News
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325.5 million visits to national parks in 2023, 13 million visits at Great Smoky Mountains National Park
February 27, 2024 | 3:39 pm
Last week, the National Park Service announced that 400 national parks reported a total of 325.5 million visits in 2023, an increase of 13 million or 4% over 2022. At Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 2023 visitation was 3% higher than 2022.
Rangers investigating possible arson fire near Crib Gap Trail
February 7, 2024 | 4:33 pm
The National Park Service is investigating a possible arson fire off Laurel Creek Road near Crib Gap Trail that was extinguished Tuesday, February 6.
Prescribed burns planned for Cades Cove starting this weekend
February 2, 2024 | 12:50 pm
The National Park Service (NPS) plans to burn approximately 1000 acres of fields in Cades Cove at Great Smoky Mountains National Park between now and the end of March.
Crews continue to clear roads in Great Smoky Mountains National Park today, Saturday, January 20
January 19, 2024 | 8:44 am
Due to light snow and icy roads, Sugarlands Visitor Center will have a delayed start at 11 am. Oconaluftee Visitor Center and Deep Creek facilities are open
Park to reopen some roads and facilities
January 17, 2024 | 8:37 am
Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Sugarlands and Oconaluftee visitor centers will reopen today at 11 a.m. Cades Cove, Twin Creeks, and Tremont remain closed.
Celebrate “Christmas Across the Mountains” at Sugarlands and Oconaluftee visitor centers
December 4, 2023 | 9:55 am
The National Park Service invites visitors to experience the spirit of the season at Great Smoky Mountains National Park during two popular holiday events on Saturday, December 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Look before you click—National Park Service investigates online scamming attempt
November 30, 2023 | 12:30 pm
The National Park Service (NPS) is investigating an online scam selling fraudulent parking tags to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Someone posing as the National Park Service is directing individuals and organizations to a website titled "Smokies Park Pass." This website looks like it belongs to our park partner, Smokies Life, but it is not a Smokies Life or NPS website. Please don't visit or buy parking tags from this website.
Campfire ban lifted at Great Smoky Mountains National Park
November 29, 2023 | 11:03 am
Effective Wednesday, November 29, the burn ban is lifted at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Public assistance needed to identify those responsible for suspected arson fire in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
November 22, 2023 | 5:08 pm
The National Park Service is requesting the public’s help in identifying those responsible for the start of the Rich Mountain Fire in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The initial investigation indicates that two fires were started on Nov. 20 in the Rich Mountain area by an unknown arsonist. The fires were started under high wind conditions, a red flag warning and a park-wide burn ban. The Rich Mountain Fire was reported on Nov. 20 around 2:30 pm near the intersection of Old Cades Cove Road and Rich Mountain Road. The fire prompted an early-morning voluntary evacuation of homes near the park boundary on Nov. 21.
Roads and facilities start to reopen across park
November 21, 2023 | 5:18 pm
After assessing conditions and removing downed trees, debris and other hazards, park rangers and park maintenance staff have started reopening roads in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.