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Explore Fall Foliage on the Blue Ridge Parkway

October 12, 2012, 8:53 am
By Heather Crowley Across the country, millions of visitors travel thousands of miles to enjoy the majestic beauty that is the National Park System. From the famed Yellowstone National Park to the lesser knowns, each brings its own unique landscape to the attention of the public. In 2011, the National Park ...

Backcountry Fees Coming to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

March 7, 2012, 11:06 am
by Kurt Repanshek, National Parks Traveler Those who head off into the backcountry of Great Smoky Mountains National Park for a night or two will have to pay for the privilege beginning in 2013 under a plan approved by the National Park Service. The proposal, which has drawn a fair amount ...

Friends of the Smokies license tags available again

February 21, 2012, 11:32 am
North Carolina motorists can once again show their support for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with a license tag featuring the familiar black bear. “We’re excited that the bear is back,” said Holly Demuth, North Carolina director of Friends of the Smokies. New sales of the popular Friends of the ...

Friends of the Smokies donates 20 acres to Park

December 20, 2011, 6:51 am
Great Smoky Mountains National Park got an early Holiday gift on Wednesday, Dec. 14, when the Friends of the Smokies officially transferred 20 acres of new land to be added to the Park. The land lies along Soak Ash Creek in the Pittman Center, Tenn. community just east of ...

Top Ten Park Train Rides

September 14, 2011, 12:13 pm
1.) Grand Canyon National Park - Grand Canyon Railway With the Arizona heat looming, hop the train to Grand Canyon National Park and enjoy the comfortable ride. The Grand Canyon Railway departs daily at 9:30 a.m. from Williams, Arizona, about 30 miles west of Flagstaff. The train travels almost due ...

Species Spotlight: Elk

September 14, 2011, 7:04 am
By: Heather Crowley Odds are if you’ve traveled to National Parks in the West, you’ve spotted elk. These loveable ungulates reside in a multitude of America’s National Parks, including Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone and Theodore Roosevelt. Elk once lived in a much larger range, however humans killed off a large portion ...

Explore National Parks by Taking the Shuttle

June 16, 2011, 10:21 am
Vacations are meant to be relaxing, not spent in traffic. If you are planning to visit a national park during peak season, consider taking a shuttle. Not only do you avoid the hassle of driving, but you’re helping reduce emissions and noise in the park.   Acadia National Park From late June ...

Firefly Light Show at Great Smoky

June 9, 2011, 8:58 am
Synchronous fireflies (Photinus carolinus) are one of 14 species of fireflies that live in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They are the only species in America whose individuals can synchronize their flashing light patterns. The fireflies put on a stunning synchronized light show every year. Peak flashing for synchronous ...

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Smokies Road Status Now Available via Texts or Twitter

February 3, 2011, 1:40 pm
Great Smoky Mountains National Park visitors and local travelers may now sign up to receive status updates about the park’s most frequently used roads via text message or Twitter. In the past, travelers had to place phone calls to the park to determine the status of the roads, which ...

Podcast spreads the word about threat to Smokies’ bats

January 27, 2011, 1:58 pm
A podcast released by Great Smoky Mountains National Park outlines efforts to save bats from White-nose syndrome, a potentially fatal disease sweeping through the Smokies’ bat population. The park is home to at least 11 species of bats, a primary group of flying mammals that play a critical role in ...

Experts shed light on synchronized fireflies

July 19, 2010, 12:52 pm
For two weeks every June, busloads of visitors gather in the Smoky Mountains for a sight that scientists once believed to be impossible: thousands of fireflies blinking in near-perfect unison, like strings of Christmas lights in the night air. "From the right angle, you can see an entire hillside flashing ...

Dollywood theme park celebrates 25th anniversary

May 24, 2010, 8:38 am
"They always say you can't go home again," says 64-year-old country music icon Dolly Parton, who skedaddled to the bright lights of Nashville from her sharecropper family's two-room cabin on the Little Pigeon River the day after her high school graduation. "Well," adds the self-proclaimed Backwoods Barbie, "I've certainly proved ...

Caves Remain Closed at Great Smokies to Protect Bats

May 20, 2010, 7:34 am
Biologists at Great Smoky Mountains National Park have received confirmation that one Little Brown bat collected from its hibernating refuge in the Park’s White Oak Blowhole cave tested positive for Geomyces destructans [the fungus and the presumptive causative agent of White Nose Syndrome (WNS)]. White Oak Blowhole cave contains ...

5 Great Smoky Mountains Trout Destinations

April 27, 2010, 7:08 am
These five trout-fishing spots in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park provide some of the finest fishing for wild trout east of the Rockies My long-suffering wife once, in a moment of richly deserved frustration focusing on my returning late from one of my countless forays into the more remote ...

Gatlinburg Blooms with Springtime Events

April 21, 2010, 8:06 am
Springtime in Gatlinburg is bursting with exciting events that capture the spirit of the Smokies. With a supporting cast of fresh wildflowers and clean mountain air, finding your inspiration is a walk in the park. Let Gatlinburg’s lineup of upcoming events lead the way to your perfect springtime getaway. The ...