Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Headquarters to Be Restored to Original Glory

March 17, 2009, 8:02 am
As the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was being formed, the nation was sinking into the Great Depression, a convergence that brought benefits still reaped today by many national parks, including the Smokies.President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal programs such as the Civilian Conservation Corps, put thousands of young men ...

Modern Design Lessens Environmental Impact

March 16, 2009, 8:24 am
As the area's and one of the nation's most significant symbols of environmental protection, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park's first opportunity to exhibit its environmental chops is in the just-completed Twin Creeks Science and Education Center.It will be the first LEED-certified building in the park, said Dianne Flaugh, ...

Postwar Building Boom Used New Materials

March 16, 2009, 8:16 am
The iconic Clingman's Dome Tower, atop the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is a prime example of the Mission 66 era, from the mid 1950s through the mid-1960s when the National Park Service spent $1 billion to upgrade park facilities across the country.The 54-foot concrete ...

Spring Wildflower Programs Planned at Tenn. State Parks through May

March 16, 2009, 8:14 am
Spring wildflower programs are planned at Fall Creek Falls and other state parks starting this month and continuing through May.Tommy Solomon, a naturalist at Fall Creek Falls, said wildflower weekends in April and May are usually well-attended and include a variety of hikes and driving tours.He told the Chattanooga ...

Spate of New Construction Marks Smokies' Anniversary

March 16, 2009, 7:58 am
As it marks its 75th year, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is seeing, for it, a veritable spate of construction activity after going 45 years without a major new building project.The $4.5 million Twin Creeks Science and Education Center near Gatlinburg was completed last year. Soon, ground breaking ...

Smokies begins spring opening of facilities

March 12, 2009, 7:19 am
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is shaking off its winter slumber and has posted a schedule of when park facilities will reopen. The park will also be celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. New this year are brown bag and dining room lunches that dayhikers can buy at ...

New Visitor Center to Be Built in Smoky Mountains

March 10, 2009, 7:58 am
The National Park Service is cleared to build a new visitor center on the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.Park Superintendent Dale Ditmanson says an environmental study has found no significantimpact would take place from construction of a new Oconaluftee Visitor Center.The new building of ...

Alexander Plans Smokies’ 75th Anniversary Performance

March 6, 2009, 12:24 pm
 Sen. Lamar Alexander has confirmed that he will be on hand to play the piano with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra during the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s 75th Anniversary concert in Cades Cove.Alexander has confirmed his plans to appear as a guest pianist in the June 13 KSO performance. ...

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Celebrates its 75th Anniversary

February 20, 2009, 2:04 pm
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will celebrate a great milestone. One of America’s most popular national parks - with more than 9 million visitors annually – The Great Smoky Mountains have been treating people from far and near to its natural splendor, serving as a tranquil refuge and ...

Fewer Visitors Came to the Smokies in 2008

February 3, 2009, 7:40 am
Just over 9 million people visited the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as tourism dropped 4 percent, or 328,000 people, in ...

Snowfall Closes Several Roads in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

February 3, 2009, 7:15 am
Snowfall has closed several roads in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.Officials have closed Newfound Gap Road and the portion of Little River Road running from the Townsend entrance to Elkmont. Parks spokesman Bob Miller said the park will probably end up closing Little River Road all the way to ...

Wilderness Wildlife Week™ Cumulative Attendance Tops 25,000

January 28, 2009, 8:21 am
Wilderness Wildlife Week™, a Top 20 Event in the Southeast according to the Southeast Tourism Society, tallied a cumulative attendance of more than 25,300 in almost 300 classes, presentations, musical programs, hikes and ...

Davises a Part of Park's Start

January 5, 2009, 9:05 am
With the attention on this year's 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, some focus needs to be on Annie M. Davis, wife of Willis P. Davis, both of whom were instrumental in the park's ...

Stewardship Focus of Great Smoky Mountains National Park's 75th Anniversary

January 5, 2009, 9:00 am
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is celebrating a major milestone in 2009. The park, established June 15, 1934, will mark its 75th anniversary with a yearlong celebration of the people who made it possible and an emphasis on the stewardship required to keep it viable for the next 75 ...

Settling in: From Subsistence Farming to Hopes for a National Park

December 22, 2008, 2:01 pm
In the late 1780s, John Jacob Mingus and his family moved into Oconaluftee, a North Carolina valley that had been Cherokee territory for thousands of years. Among the first known white settlers of the area that would become the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Mingus became a prosperous farmer ...