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September Art After Dark celebrates Smoky Mountains National Park anniversary

August 31, 2009, 8:06 am
WAYNESVILLE — The Waynesville Gallery Association will present Art After Dark from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 4. This month's theme celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.Participating studios and galleries are on Main and Depot streets, and in Historic Frog Level, including Burr Studio and Gallery, ...

Missing Smokies hiker back home with family

August 31, 2009, 8:03 am
A 70-year-old hiker who spent more than eight days in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park after becoming lost was airlifted to safety Sunday morning, according to the National Park Service.Morgan Briggs of Pigeon Forge didn't require medical attention and went home with his family, said Park Service spokeswoman ...

Little River Road reopens in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

August 21, 2009, 7:30 am
The eight-mile section of Little River Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park that was closed on Friday because of a rock slide reopened Tuesday evening.The slide was located about two miles west of the Elkmont campground junction. The affected section of road was located between this junction and ...

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Rock Slide Expected to Close Little River Road Through Tuesday

August 17, 2009, 7:21 am
Great Smoky Mountains Chief of Facility Management Alan Sumeriski has announced that a rockslide is expected keep Little River Road between the Elkmont Campground and the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area closed through Tuesday evening, August 18. The slide is located about two miles west of the Elkmont Campground junction. Sumeriski said, "When the slide ...

Uncompleted sections of Foothills Parkway re-opened to non-motorized use

August 4, 2009, 11:49 am
Two uncompleted sections of the Foothills Parkway have been reopened to non-motorized recreational use, according to the National Park Service.Bikers, hikers and horse riders can use either the nine-mile section from Walland to a dead end or the four-mile section from Wears Valley to a dead end. The Park expects ...

Scripps grant to help maintain Smokies trails

July 27, 2009, 7:54 am
A $25,000 grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation will help maintain trails through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for years to come.Bruce Hartmann, publisher of the News Sentinel, secured the grant for the Friends of the Smokies, which works to preserve and promote the park. The grant will ...

Smokies set to start $64M in improvements

July 15, 2009, 8:37 am
Great Smoky Mountains National Park expects this summer to award the first round of construction contracts using the $64 million the park received under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.The park hopes to award the contracts by late August so work can begin right after Labor Day.The first phase ...

At 75, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is at its peak

June 29, 2009, 8:19 am
The ancient blue-green mountains with breathtaking vistas and distinctive mists are home to black bears, 19th-century log cabins, waterfalls and 800 miles of trails.It’s small wonder the Great Smoky Mountains attract more than 9 million visitors a year, twice as many as any other national park in the United ...

On top of Old Smoky

June 29, 2009, 8:07 am
These eastern mountains that straddle the juncture of Tennessee and North Carolina come by their name honestly, shrouded as they are with lush forests accented by near constant bluish mist.Like smoke. Long before white explorers called them the Smokies, the Cherokee who made their home in the mountains described ...

Local students win History Day competition with focus on park

June 26, 2009, 7:25 am
In honor of its 75th Anniversary, Great Smoky Mountains National Park collaborated with the Western North Carolina National History Day competition and invited area middle and high school students to submit entries focused on an individual who was important in the park's creation or history.A different theme is chosen ...

Internationally recognized Smokies a gift to us all

June 26, 2009, 6:57 am
Imagine a gift of immeasurable value, one so precious, so unique, that it can never be replaced, so large that no amount of gift paper can wrap it.We are all the recipients and should consider ourselves custodians of this gift known as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, celebrating ...

Park officials cull 500 wild hogs

June 23, 2009, 11:21 am
In a given year, officials with Great Smoky Mountains National Park trap and shoot close to 300 wild hogs. This year, they've already killed more than 500 and officials say those won't be the last."They are a very destructive animal in the park," said park spokesperson Nancy Gray.Gray says the small ...

National park trail closes due to extensive bear activity

June 23, 2009, 10:29 am
Thousands of people flock to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park every summer to get a glimpse of East Tennessee wildlife.But one of the most popular creatures drawing tourists to the park is now keeping them off a busy trail.Tourists who stopped by the Abrams Falls trailhead Saturday described ...

Great Smoky Mountains National Park--Cataloochee Valley in the words of its people

June 10, 2009, 7:07 am
Rich in cultural heritage, Cataloochee is an isolated valley that was home to the largest and most prosperous settlement in the area that became the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Many of the early structures still remain—a school, churches, a barn, and several homes. Elk that were released in ...

Fireflies put on a show at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

June 10, 2009, 6:50 am
One of the greatest shows in the Smokies is going on right now. Every year at this time, the fireflies at Elkmont blink in unison. It's part of their mating behavior. The sight has become so popular that Park officials began managing the number of visitors to the trailhead. Visitors are ...