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Great Smoky Mountains National Park News

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  • Prepare for a busy Memorial Day weekend at the Smokies

    May 22, 2024 | 7:05 am

    The National Park Service is expecting high visitation at Great Smoky Mountains National Park over Memorial Day weekend.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • UPDATE: Park rangers find Timothy Cook in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    May 17, 2024 | 1:00 pm

    Park rangers found 62-year-old Timothy Cook safe on May 17 in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park would like to thank those who participated in the search and rescue efforts to locate Cook and those that provided information to the Tip Line. 

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Park rangers searching for missing man near the Chimney Tops Overlook area

    May 16, 2024 | 5:30 pm

    Park rangers are searching for a 62-year-old man near the Chimney Tops Overlook area of the park. Timothy Cook was last seen near the Chimney Tops overlook on Sunday, May 12 and his vehicle was found unoccupied in the Chimney Tops overlook parking area on May 14.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Synchronous firefly lottery and viewing dates announced for 2024

    April 23, 2024 | 8:24 am

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host the annual synchronous firefly viewing opportunity at Elkmont from Monday, June 3 through Monday, June 10.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park and partners to expand adaptive programs in 2024

    April 17, 2024 | 1:02 pm

    The National Park Service (NPS), in partnership with Catalyst Sports, Knox County, Kampgrounds of America Foundation, and Friends of the Smokies, is pleased to announce the expansion of adaptive ranger-led programs in 2024.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • NPS to implement weekday closures of Ramsey Cascades Trail starting April 15

    April 12, 2024 | 1:42 pm

    Starting April 15, the National Park Service (NPS) will close Ramsey Cascades Trail on weekdays while trail crews finish the full-scale rehabilitation work started in 2022.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Missing man found near Tremont this morning

    April 10, 2024 | 9:44 am

    Jacob Riggs was located around 8 a.m. today in the vicinity of Tremont by a park visitor who recognized that he was in need of care. The visitor brought Riggs to the Incident Command Post near the Townsend Wye. Riggs had minor injuries and exposure to weather. He was evaluated onsite and taken to a local hospital.  

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Park rangers searching for missing man

    April 9, 2024 | 2:45 pm

    Park rangers are searching for a 35-year-old man near the Townsend Wye, Tremont and Cades Cove areas of the park. Jacob Riggs was last seen in Maynardville, TN on April 7. His vehicle was found in the park on April 8.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • National Park Service invests $11 million to improve Newfound Gap Road at Gatlinburg entrance

    April 3, 2024 | 3:48 pm

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park received approximately $11 million in funding from the Great American Outdoors Act Legacy Restoration Fund to rehabilitate a two-mile section of Newfound Gap Road near Gatlinburg. The rehabilitation project will include single-lane closures starting as early as April 15.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Solar eclipse viewing at the Smokies

    April 3, 2024 | 2:21 pm

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park lies outside the path of totality but will experience an 86 to 87% obstruction of the sun during the event.

    Read more at nps.gov