Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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National Parks Are Overcrowded and Closing Their GatesAs pandemic-weary Americans head for the most popular parks this s...
06/13/2021
National Parks Are Overcrowded and Closing Their Gates

National Parks Are Overcrowded and Closing Their Gates
As pandemic-weary Americans head for the most popular parks this summer, nearby towns are getting overrun

Some tourists say their visits are less enjoyable, as they spend their days in hourslong lines and, when they finally get to popular attractions like the free-standing Delicate Arch in Arches, are surrounded by Disneyland-caliber crowds. “Out of the five national parks, this is probably one of the most unique, but I definitely wouldn’t say it’s my favorite because there’s too many people,” said Susan Mathews, who traveled to Utah’s national parks with her husband from Texas.

Funding for the national parks hasn’t increased in proportion to visitation. Between 2011 and 2019, the National Park Service lost 16% of its staffing capacity while at the same time witnessing a 17% increase in visitation. Between 2010 and 2019, Arches lost 7% of its base full-time staff, but was able to make up for those losses based on revenue from fees, according to John Garder, senior director of budget and appropriations with the National Parks Conservation Association, a nonpartisan organization that advocates on behalf of the national park system. Canyonlands lost 20% of its base full-time staff during that time.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/national-parks-are-overcrowded-and-closing-their-gates-11623582002

As pandemic-weary Americans seek to visit the most popular national parks this summer, towns are struggling to keep up with demand.

Which U.S. National Parks Are The Most Dangerous?Danger Parks: Which U.S. National Parks Are The Most Dangerous?Examples...
05/04/2021
Danger Parks: Which U.S. National Parks Are The Most Dangerous? - Outforia

Which U.S. National Parks Are The Most Dangerous?
Danger Parks: Which U.S. National Parks Are The Most Dangerous?

Examples:
1. Grand Canyon – 134 deaths
3. Great Smoky Mountains – 92 deaths
6. Mt. Rainier – 51 deaths
8. Rocky Mountain – 49 deaths
9. Grand Teton – 48 deaths
10. Zion – 43 deaths
16. Big Bend – 22 deaths
21. Cuyahoga – 15 deaths
26. Hawaii Volcanoes – 22 deaths

https://outforia.com/danger-parks/#all-data

One of the best things about escaping into the great outdoors is the natural beauty of it all. But which national park can be crowned the most beautiful?

The NPS App One app, every park at your fingertips. The NPS App is the new official app for the National Park Service wi...
04/30/2021
The NPS App - Digital (U.S. National Park Service)

The NPS App
One app, every park at your fingertips. The NPS App is the new official app for the National Park Service with tools to explore more than 400 national parks nationwide. Find interactive maps, tours of park places, on-the-ground accessibility information, and much more to plan your national park adventures before and during your trip.

The free app is currently available for iOS and Android devices

Features
The NPS App was created by National Park Service staff—people who know national parks—to help you make the most of your visit. The NPS App takes authoritative information from park rangers and combines it with a great suite of features. Here’s a quick look at some of those features.

Interactive Maps: Each park has a detailed map that includes points of interest, along with roads, trails, and other information to plan your trip.

Park Tours: What is there to see? Self-guided tours take you to interesting places in the park. Discover popular destinations as well as places off the beaten track. It’s like having a ranger by your side to guide your trip, giving you suggestions for places to go, directions to get there, and things to do once you arrive.

Amenities: It's the little—and sometimes not so little—things that can make or break a park visit. Learn where you can find and access transportation, food, restrooms, shopping, and more.

Accessibility: The app offers a fully accessible experience with tools to benefit visitors with accessibility needs, such as audio descriptions of exhibits along trails and roads and in visitor centers.

Offline Use: No internet access? No problem! You can download content from entire parks for offline use. It’s especially handy if you’re exploring remote areas in parks or concerned about data limits.

Share Your Visit: Tell your friends and family about the fun things you did by creating and sharing virtual postcards with scenes from the park.

Things to Do: What do you want to do in a park—hike? Take a bus tour or scenic drive? Visit a museum? Join a ranger program? Become a junior ranger? Discover all the fun, entertaining, and educational activities parks have to offer.

News, Alerts & Events: What’s happening? Get news and events for all parks—or selected parks of your choosing.

https://www.nps.gov/subjects/digital/nps-apps.htm

One app, every park at your fingertips. The NPS App is the new official app for the National Park Service with tools to explore more than 400 national parks nationwide. Find interactive maps, tours of park places, on-the-ground accessibility information, and much more to plan your national park adve...

Light up the night: Dates announced for 2021 synchronous firefly viewing in Great Smokieshttps://wlos.com/news/local/lig...
04/28/2021
Light up the night: Dates announced for 2021 synchronous firefly viewing in Great Smokies

Light up the night: Dates announced for 2021 synchronous firefly viewing in Great Smokies

https://wlos.com/news/local/light-up-the-night-dates-announced-for-2021-synchronous-firefly-viewing-in-great-smokies

A beloved outdoor, annual tradition is returning once again to the mountains. Officials withGreat Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) announced it will be hosting the annualsynchronous firefly viewing opportunity at Elkmont beginning Tuesday, June 1 through Tuesday, June 8. People can apply for th...

Outside: An Appalachian Trail Horror Story | Outside Online.When we venture into the wilderness, we accept that there ar...
04/24/2021
An Appalachian Trail Horror Story

Outside: An Appalachian Trail Horror Story | Outside Online.

When we venture into the wilderness, we accept that there are certain dangers, like bears and snakes and crazy weather. Truth be told, a bit of risk is what attracts many people to the backcountry (even if normal urban life is much riskier). But there are times when the usual natural threats are replaced by something far more menacing: an aggressive human. In this gripping story from our friends at Backpacker’s Out Alive podcast, we hear the tragic tale of a group of hikers who found themselves out in the woods in the worst kind of trouble.
https://www.outsideonline.com/2422613/appalachian-trail-horror-story

Sometimes the biggest threat in the wilderness is another human

National Park Service announces free-admission dates for 2021.For 2021, six fee-free dates include: April 17: First day ...
04/17/2021
National Park Service announces free-admission dates for 2021

National Park Service announces free-admission dates for 2021.

For 2021, six fee-free dates include:

April 17: First day of National Park Week
August 4: One-year anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
August 25: National Park Service's 105th Birthday
September 25: National Public Lands Day
November 11: Veterans Day

https://www.foxnews.com/travel/national-park-service-free-admission-dates

Each year, the federal government designates several days when entrance fees are waived for all visitors at every single NPS site. For 2021, six fee-free dates have been announced.

National Park Service announces free-admission dates for 2021.For 2021, six fee-free dates include: April 17: First day ...
04/16/2021
National Park Service announces free-admission dates for 2021

National Park Service announces free-admission dates for 2021.

For 2021, six fee-free dates include:

April 17: First day of National Park Week
August 4: One-year anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
August 25: National Park Service's 105th Birthday
September 25: National Public Lands Day
November 11: Veterans Day

https://www.foxnews.com/travel/national-park-service-free-admission-dates

Each year, the federal government designates several days when entrance fees are waived for all visitors at every single NPS site. For 2021, six fee-free dates have been announced.

National Park Service announces free-admission dates for 2021.For 2021, six fee-free dates include: April 17: First day ...
04/15/2021
National Park Service announces free-admission dates for 2021

National Park Service announces free-admission dates for 2021.

For 2021, six fee-free dates include:

April 17: First day of National Park Week
August 4: One-year anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
August 25: National Park Service's 105th Birthday
September 25: National Public Lands Day
November 11: Veterans Day

https://www.foxnews.com/travel/national-park-service-free-admission-dates

Each year, the federal government designates several days when entrance fees are waived for all visitors at every single NPS site. For 2021, six fee-free dates have been announced.

Which U.S. National Parks Are The Most Dangerous?Danger Parks: Which U.S. National Parks Are The Most Dangerous?Examples...
04/04/2021
Danger Parks: Which U.S. National Parks Are The Most Dangerous? - Outforia

Which U.S. National Parks Are The Most Dangerous?
Danger Parks: Which U.S. National Parks Are The Most Dangerous?

Examples:
1. Grand Canyon – 134 deaths
3. Great Smoky Mountains – 92 deaths
6. Mt. Rainier – 51 deaths
8. Rocky Mountain – 49 deaths
9. Grand Teton – 48 deaths
10. Zion – 43 deaths
16. Big Bend – 22 deaths
21. Cuyahoga – 15 deaths
26. Hawaii Volcanoes – 22 deaths

https://outforia.com/danger-parks/#all-data

One of the best things about escaping into the great outdoors is the natural beauty of it all. But which national park can be crowned the most beautiful?

These are the National Park Service's most popular sites from 2020National Parks saw a 28% decline in visitors because o...
03/18/2021
These are the National Park Service's most popular sites from 2020

These are the National Park Service's most popular sites from 2020
National Parks saw a 28% decline in visitors because of temporary closures, coronavirus restrictions last year

Though it was only the third-most visited NPS site overall, Great Smoky Mountains National Park was the most popular "national park" out of the agency’s 62 specifically designated national parks. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been the most visited national park since 1944, according to the NPS.

Yellowstone National Park in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, followed in second place for national parks, with 3.8 million visitors and Zion National Park in Utah came in third, with 3.6 million visitors.

https://www.foxnews.com/great-outdoors/most-popular-national-park-sites-2020

The National Park Service revealed its most popular sites and parks from 2020.

Which U.S. National Parks Are The Most Dangerous?Danger Parks: Which U.S. National Parks Are The Most Dangerous?Examples...
03/04/2021
Danger Parks: Which U.S. National Parks Are The Most Dangerous? - Outforia

Which U.S. National Parks Are The Most Dangerous?
Danger Parks: Which U.S. National Parks Are The Most Dangerous?

Examples:
1. Grand Canyon – 134 deaths
3. Great Smoky Mountains – 92 deaths
6. Mt. Rainier – 51 deaths
8. Rocky Mountain – 49 deaths
9. Grand Teton – 48 deaths
10. Zion – 43 deaths
16. Big Bend – 22 deaths
21. Cuyahoga – 15 deaths
26. Hawaii Volcanoes – 22 deaths

https://outforia.com/danger-parks/#all-data

One of the best things about escaping into the great outdoors is the natural beauty of it all. But which national park can be crowned the most beautiful?

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Hello, I am hoping to find the gentleman who had a movie camera and recorded a woman walking up to a bear in the fall of 1965. The woman was my mother and she was pregnant with me at the time. She thought the bears were tame so she was walking up to it to take it's picture.
Is 441 road still open from Cherokee NC to Gatlinburg? Any information would be much appreciated.
The weather is starting to warm up. Time to go camping!