Great Smoky Mountains National Park News
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Single-Lane Closure on the Spur through November 19
November 5, 2021 | 4:41 pm
Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced that a weekday, single-lane closure will be implemented along the southbound Spur between the Gatlinburg Bypass intersection and the city limits of Gatlinburg through Friday, November 19.
Public Input Period Extended for the Proposed Air Tour Management Plan
October 1, 2021 | 3:52 pm
The National Park Service (NPS) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are extending the public comment period on the draft Air Tour Management Plan (ATMP) proposed for Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Due to an error recently discovered on the project’s Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) home page, the comment period has been extended through October 13, 2021, to allow ample time to review materials.
Park Announces Cause of Death in 2020 Hazel Creek Fatality
August 19, 2021 | 9:30 am
The North Carolina Chief Medical Examiner recently released a final report confirming that Great Smoky Mountains National Park visitor Patrick Madura died last summer likely due to trauma caused by a bear.
Laurel Falls Congestion Management Pilot Project begins Sept. 7
August 17, 2021 | 2:36 pm
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that Laurel Falls Trail parking will be available by reservation only from Sept. 7 through Oct. 3, 2021 as part of the Laurel Falls Congestion Management Pilot Project.
Tourism to Great Smoky Mountain National Park creates $1.38 Billion in Economic Benefits
June 29, 2021 | 1:00 pm
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 12,095,721 visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2020 spent $1,024,024,000 in communities near the park. That spending supported 14,707 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $1.38 billion.
Park Announces Shuttle Opportunity for Cades Cove Vehicle-Free Wednesdays
June 28, 2021 | 2:03 pm
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials are pleased to announce a shuttle opportunity for visitors to access Cades Cove on Vehicle-Free Wednesdays beginning July 7 through September 1. The shuttle service will be provided by Rocky Top Tours from Townsend, TN to Cades Cove between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each Wednesday.
Fatal Single-Car Accident on Spur
May 3, 2021 | 8:00 am
Park Rangers responded to a fatality accident on the Spur at 3:06 a.m. on Sunday, May 2. Gian Montano Spagnolo, age 25, of Venezuela, was traveling south on the Spur when he lost control of his 2008 Nissan sedan near Caney Creek Road.
Park Announces Synchronous Firefly Viewing Dates
April 27, 2021 | 8:00 am
Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host the annual synchronous firefly viewing opportunity at Elkmont beginning Tuesday, June 1 through Tuesday, June 8. The public may apply for the limited viewing opportunity by entering a lottery for a vehicle pass through www.recreation.gov. The lottery opens for vehicle pass applications on Friday, April 30 at 10:00 a.m. through Monday, May 3 at 11:59 p.m.
Greenbrier Area Closure Extended through May 15
April 22, 2021 | 8:00 am
Park officials announced that the Greenbrier area will remain temporarily closed beyond the Greenbrier Ranger Station to all motorists and pedestrians through May 15. The repairs were expected to be complete at the by April 23, but the work has been delayed due to the availability of construction materials for the Ramsey Prong bridge replacement and the Porters Creek culvert replacement.
Motorcycle Fatality on Clingmans Dome Road
April 20, 2021 | 8:00 am
Park Rangers responded to a report of a motorcycle wreck on Clingmans Dome Road at 4:08 p.m. on Sunday, April 18. Maynoy Alexander Ardon, age 20, of Guatemala, was traveling down Clingmans Dome Road when he lost control of his motorcycle near Collins Gap.