Great Smoky Mountains National Park News
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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.
Upcoming Single-lane Closures on Spur for Maintenance Activity
April 8, 2021 | 8:00 am
Park maintenance crews will implement temporary, single-lane closures along the north and southbound Spur between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, beginning Monday, April 12 through Thursday, April 29. Roadside work will include litter removal, string trimming, mowing, shoulder reconditioning, culvert cleaning, and survey work in the tunnel. These temporary closures better ensure the safety of workers along the narrow shoulders on the heavily trafficked road.
Greenbrier Area Temporarily Closed at Ranger Station through April 23
April 6, 2021 | 12:00 pm
Park officials announced that the Greenbrier area will be temporarily closed, effective today, at the Greenbrier Ranger Station to all motorists and pedestrians through April 23. Previously the closure was in place at the picnic area. The closure area has been expanded due to pedestrian use beyond the picnic area into the construction zone which poses an unacceptable safety risk to visitors and workers.