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A steep climb over a rocky trail leads to a switchback, and the trail then follows along the side of Sugarland Mountain. more

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Family-friendly event scheduled Saturday, October 27. more

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Biologists estimate there are more than 1,500 black bears in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, for a population density of about two bear per square mile. more

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Town hosts heritage arts festival and music festival more

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Get out on foot

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All proceeds support Trails Forever, a partnership between Friends of the Smokies and the National Park Service. more

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Cheers

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Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this vibrant city is a scenic spot to explore alone. more

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The only North Carolina State Park still closed in the western region is Grandfather Mountain. more

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Photo Essay, August 2018

Carla Passmore

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All campgrounds on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia and North Carolina are under a mandatory evacuation order. more

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has issued safety reminders for Elk Breeding season, also known as the rut. The season lasts from September 1 through October 31. more

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Author and historian will speak about Civil Way battles in East Tennessee. more

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The September 11 hike is a fundraiser for Trails Forever, a partnership between Friends of the Smokies and the National Park Service. more

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Come early to watch bird banding and release. more

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Free event scheduled at the outdoor 17th century Cherokee Homestead Exhibit. more

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Share with us your favorite smells, sounds or sights of Spring. more

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Heavy rains from subtropical storm Alberto caused a portion of the road leading into the park and a retaining wall on the upper parking lot to collapse. more

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In 2017, contractors began repairing deteriorated areas on the tower’s concrete columns and walls, stabilized support walls at the base of the ramp, and repaired stone masonry. more

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Programs highlight activities in Great Smoky Mountains National Park more

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