Heavy Rainstorm Results in Rock Slides, Downed Trees, and Motorist Fatality on Spur

At approximately 3:00 p.m., August 1, 2019, the northern area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Gatlinburg, TN experienced extremely heavy rainfall causing multiple small rock slides, downed trees, and flash flooding along the Spur and Gatlinburg Bypass.

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Interagency Search Effort Leads to Successful Outcome

After spending four nights lost in the backcountry of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Kevin Mark Lynch was found by searchers.  At approximately 4:25 p.m. searchers discovered Lynch, alert and responsive, in the southeast area of the park near the Cataloochee Divide Trail. Earlier this afternoon, grid search team members discovered the first significant leads … Continue reading Interagency Search Effort Leads to Successful Outcome

Look Rock Picnic Area Reopens

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that Look Rock Picnic Area will reopen to the public on Friday, July 26, 2019. Park crews recently completed the first phase of a rehabilitation project allowing the site to reopen after being closed in 2013.

Upcoming Single-Lane Closure on the Spur

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have issued permission allowing a temporary, single-lane closure on the Spur to accommodate roadwork near the park boundary. Work crews will implement the single-lane closure on the north end of the northbound Spur on Sunday, July 28 and Monday, July 29, 2019, from 7:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. each night.

High School Girl Scouts in the Smokies

Great Smoky Mountains National Park recently benefited from the hard work of eight Girl Scouts who completed 80 hours of service in the park rehabilitating trails, cleaning campgrounds, removing invasive plant species, and providing educational programs to visitors. The high school girls came from across the country to participate in a unique service opportunity offered through the Student Conservation Association (SCA) and the Girl Scouts of America.

Unidentified human body found

Searchers in Great Smoky Mountain National Park found the remains of an unidentified human body after being notified of the remains by an off-trail hiker. The remains were found in an off-trail area of the park off of Laurel Creek Road and appear to be several months old. The cause of death is under investigation. No further information is available at this time.

Synchronous Firefly Viewing Dates for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have announced the dates for firefly viewing in Elkmont. Shuttle service to the viewing area will be provided on Thursday, May 30 through Thursday, June 6, 2019. All visitors wishing to view the synchronous fireflies at