Find news about happenings in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and communities such as Gatlinburg, Cherokee and Bryson City.

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5 Things to Know About Great Smoky Mountains Travel Amid COVID-19

In light of the spread of COVID-19, trying to find out what is open and closed in our national parks is a moving target these days. Here are updates.

Illustrated Guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

New Illustrated Book about Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Packed with engaging trivia, historical photos and maps, former ranger quotes, and 40 original hand-illustrated poster designs and paintings.

Solar Eclipse

Witness the Total Solar Eclipse at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Mark your calendar for an extraordinary cosmic spectacle happening across the U.S. On Aug. 21, there will be a total solar eclipse visible over Tenn. and N.C.


Wildfires Lead To Closure of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Wildfires burning in and near the national park, closed the park on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016 and caused residents in fire-impacted areas to flee from their homes.

The baggage claim area  at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville has been transformed into an immersive visit to nine NPS units including GSMNP. Photo by YouTube

New Murals of National Parks at McGhee Tyson Airport

On April 21st, 2016 new murals showcasing the regional National Parks of Eastern Tennessee were revealed at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville.

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4th Graders Can Visit Parks Free For a Year

Students in the 4th grade can get a free annual entry pass for their family to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks.