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Jan 29 Experience Your Smokies Posted on Jan 29, 2015 by Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in conjunction with Great Smoky Mountain Association and the Friends of the Smokies, announces a special opportunity to experience the Smokies. Read More
Jan 28 January 2015 - Where in the park are we? Posted on Jan 28, 2015 by Follow social media the way I do (not 24/7, but close), and you’re bound to stumble upon more than a few disagreements. Take for example the heated discussion taking place on Hike the Smokies’ Facebook page. Read More
Jan 20 GSMA to attend 25th WWW Posted on Jan 20, 2015 by Renew your membership. Buy a winter scene long-sleeve t-shirt. Learn more about how Great Smoky Mountains Association supports this amazing national park. Read More
Jan 16 New Firewood Regs designed to combat invasive species Posted on Jan 16, 2015 by Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced regulation changes that will help protect park forests by limiting the type of firewood brought into the park. Read More
Jan 09 More than 10 million people visit park in 2014 Posted on Jan 9, 2015 by Great Smoky Mountains National Park welcomed more than 10 million visitors in 2014, just the fourth time in 80 years and the first time since 2000.... Read More
Dec 10 GSMA completes $3.4M investment in North Carolina side of the Smokies Posted on Dec 10, 2014 by With the opening of the Swain County Visitor Center in downtown Bryson City this past September, Great Smoky Mountains Association wrote its final check toward a $3.46 million investment.... Read More
Dec 08 Alum Cave Trail to close for repairs Posted on Dec 8, 2014 by Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that the next full-scale, Trails Forever restoration will begin on Alum Cave Trail in 2015. Read More
Dec 04 Cassius Cash Named Superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park Posted on Dec 4, 2014 by ATLANTA -- National Park Service Southeast Regional Director Stan Austin named Cassius Cash, a native of Memphis, Tenn., as the new superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.... Read More
Nov 14 Collections Preservation Center Groundbreaking Posted on Nov 14, 2014 by National Park Service officials were joined by representatives from Senator Bob Corker’s office, Representative John Duncan’s office, Friends of the Smokies, Great Smoky Mountains Association.... Read More
Oct 20 Our Southern Highlanders Update released Posted on Oct 20, 2014 by Great Smoky Mountains Association announced this week the release of a new edition of “Our Southern Highlanders,” the classic collection of essays on mountain life and lore by author Kephart.... Read More
Oct 14 Mountains for the Masses Posted on Oct 14, 2014 by As one of the largest and wildest national parks in the East and as America’s most visited national park, Great Smoky Mountains has a long history that is both dramatic and highly influential..... Read More
Jul 08 Carroll Best and the White Oak String Band Posted on Jul 8, 2014 by Recently recovered recordings of Haywood County, N.C., musicians made nearly 60 years ago – which an Appalachian music expert describes as “the missing link between old-time string music and bluegrass”... Read More
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