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Volunteer Group Repairs Historic Palmer Barn in Cataloochee

Volunteer Group Repairs Historic Palmer Barn in Cataloochee

Great Smoky Mountains National Park recently received help to restore key elements of the historic Palmer Barn. Asheville building contractor Sean Perry and his crew partnered with the park and Friends of the Smokies to preserve the structural integrity of the barn and improve visitor safety through the renovation project in Cataloochee in the North Carolina section of the park. ...

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Dollywood’s Splash Country Hosts Ninth Annual Water Safety Day

Dollywood’s Splash Country Hosts Annual Water Safety Day

Swimming lessons save lives. Because of its passion for safety, Dollywood’s Splash Country once again is hosting Water Safety Day to raise awareness and is offering a discounted ticket so more guests will take advantage of this opportunity to learn. This ninth annual event includes a free 30-minute swim lesson on Thursday, June 21. Water park guests also are invited ...

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TWRA Holds Free Fishing Day for Adults, Free Fishing Week for Kids

TWRA Holds Free Fishing Day for Adults, Free Fishing Week for Kids

Tennessee’s annual Free Fishing Day and the Youth Free Fishing Week are a great way to get outdoors and introduce someone you know to the sport of fishing. The 2018 Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 9 when anyone may fish free without a license in Tennessee’s public waters. The day allows anyone the opportunity to try this great outdoor ...

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Clingmans Dome Observation Tower Temporarily Closing for Rehabilitation

Clingmans Dome Observation Tower Temporarily Closed for Rehabilitation

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that the Clingmans Dome Observation Tower will be closed Monday, June 4 through Friday, June 15, 2018 to complete a rehabilitation project that began last year. Workers need to apply a final surface overlay along the tower ramp. While visitors will not be able to climb the tower, the Clingmans Dome parking overlook ...

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TWRA Urges Boating Safety as Memorial Weekend Kicks Off Summer Boating Season

TWRA Urges Boating Safety as Memorial Weekend Kicks Off Summer Boating Season

The 2018 Memorial Day holiday weekend is May 25-28 and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency wants to emphasize the use of life jackets along with boating in a safe and responsible manner. The Memorial Day holiday weekend is regarded as the unofficial start to the summer boating season and is one of the year’s busiest boating weekends. Last year, there ...

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UT Gardens’ May 2018 Plant of the Month: Cheyenne Spirit

UT Gardens’ May 2018 Plant of the Month: Cheyenne Spirit

Coming from the Greek word for hedgehog due to its spiny, unique center, Echinacea, or coneflower, has always been one of my favorite perennials. The plant’s overabundance of summer-blooming flowers attracts a multitude of beneficial pollinators to the garden, plus the cultivars bloom in a rainbow of colors. One of the AAS Trial Winners for 2013, Echinacea x hybrida Cheyenne ...

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Great Smoky Mountains Association’s 2017 Aid-to-Park Funding Tops $2M

Great Smoky Mountains Association’s 2017 Aid-to-Park Funding Tops $2M

Great Smoky Mountains National Park may have experienced an eclipse in 2017, but the support it received from one of its largest retail partners was anything but eclipsed, with more than $2 million contributed to a vast array of activities during the year by Great Smoky Mountains Association. In its recently released annual report of activity for 2017, GSMA listed ...

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Smokies Celebrates 20 Years of New Species Discoveries through Biodiversity Inventory

Smokies Celebrates 20 Years of New Species Discoveries through Biodiversity Inventory

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is celebrating 20 years of conducting biodiversity inventories. Park managers, biologists, educators, and non-park scientists initiated an effort to discover all life in the Smokies through an All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) on Earth Day in 1998. The non-profit partner Discover Life in America (DLIA), created in 1998, coordinates the inventory. Over the last 20 ...

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Registration Open for Branch Out Events in Smokies

Registration Open for Branch Out Events in Smokies

Cultural history, natural surroundings, park cemeteries, and sweat-inducing, blood-pumping hikes. These are just a few of the topics to be explored in Great Smoky Mountains Association’s Branch Out activity series this May. Those interested in learning more about our country’s most visited national park are encouraged to join any of these programs set within Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Program: ...

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