Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a dynamic place where even the wildest-feeling landscapes from Cades Cove to Cataloochee Valley need our help at times to stay ecologically balanced and healthy. At National Park Trips, we feel traveling more sustainably on the way to and in our national parks is more important than ever. Since 2018, we have partnered with Boulder-based EcoVessel to spread the word about why using reusable water bottles, instead of single-use plastic bottles, during your national park vacation is a simple way to reduce your carbon footprint in the parks.
Along with raising awareness about the negative impacts of single-use plastic in the parks, there are many other initiatives to protect wild animals and the natural ecosystems inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park and its surrounding landscapes. Here are some of them.