Press Releases

Park Implements Vehicle-Free Wednesdays in Cades Cove

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced the implementation of vehicle-free access along the Cades Cove Loop Road each Wednesday, from June 17 through September 30, as part of a pilot

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Park Superintendent Launches Smokies Hikes for Healing

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent Cassius Cash invites the public to participate in a new initiative he developed called Smokies Hikes for Healing. Up to ten people can join the

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Anakeesta Opens Tower, Taking Downtown Gatlinburg to “New Heights”

With the opening of its new AnaVista Tower, now the highest point in downtown Gatlinburg, Anakeesta is literally taking guests in the Smoky Mountains to new heights. During a Grand Opening Ceremony on

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Wedding Bells Echo Throughout Gatlinburg

There’s a reason why the title “Wedding Capital of the South” has been bestowed upon the Gatlinburg area. When you imagine a place filled with as much romance as the misty valleys and sun-dappled

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Great Smoky Mountains Reopening Update

The following park roads and facilities opened Saturday, May 9. Hikers should plan ahead to choose routes with accessible trailheads for parking. Open Roads: Newfound Gap Road Little River Road

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Park Extends Closure to Support Regional COVID-19 Prevention Efforts

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that all park areas, except the Foothills Parkway and Spur, will remain closed until further notice. All-access to the park, including trails

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Latest News on COVID-19 for Local and State

Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Order 17 | Sunday, March 22, 2020 NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed Executive Order 17 calling for businesses across the state to

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Park Modifies Campground, Picnic Area, and Restroom Operations to Implement Latest Health Guidance

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that campgrounds, picnic areas, and restrooms will be closed on Monday, March 23 through Thursday, April 30, in a continuing effort to support

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Gatlinburg Named the 'South’s Best Mountain Town' by Southern Living

The following is a press release courtesy of Meredith Corporation and the Southern Living Brand. (NEW YORK, NY, March 10, 2020)—Meredith Corporation’s (NYSE: MDP) Southern Living announced today the

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Cades Cove Reopens Following Tunnel Work

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that Cades Cove will reopen on Saturday, February 29, following a two-month closure for tunnel repairs. Bryant’s Land and Development Industries

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Gatlinburg Kicks off Year-Long Celebration of 75th Anniversary

City Releases Special Edition Vacation Guide and Commemorative Videos; Showcases Stories of People and Places Behind Gatlinburg’s Heritage The city of Gatlinburg has kicked off its year-long

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Ole Smoky Distillery, Most Visited in the World

Ole Smoky Distilleries were once again the most visited distilleries in the world in 2019. According to on-premise traffic counters, Ole Smoky’s four Tennessee distilleries welcomed 4.5 million

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