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2996 15 Dec 17, 2017
greatsmokynps: Last weekend’s snowfall was too beautiful not

Last weekend’s snowfall was too beautiful not to share again! What’s your favorite time of year to play in the park? We love to see our visitors getting out and enjoying nature in ALL seasons. Photo: Warren Bielenberg

1410 10 Dec 15, 2017
greatsmokynps: Feelin’ that Christmas spirit? In the mood for

Feelin’ that Christmas spirit? In the mood for some Christmas crafting, 🎄 good music, 🎶 hot cider, 🍎 and cookies? 🍪 Then join us Saturday for our annual Holiday Homecoming at Oconaluftee Visitor Center! Experience the traditions of an Appalachian Christmas: crafts & activities from 10 to 12; old time acoustic jam session from 1 to 3. Hope to see you there!

4616 19 Dec 13, 2017
greatsmokynps: Newfound Gap Road is open again thanks to

Newfound Gap Road is open again thanks to our hard-working road crews! Be safe and watch for slick spots on roads and trails as you get back out to explore the park.

3884 36 Dec 12, 2017
greatsmokynps: Calling all bird watchers, tree huggers, snail seekers,

Calling all bird watchers, tree huggers, snail seekers, tech wizards, map lovers, and anyone who’s ever thought to themselves, “I wonder where I can find ____ in the park?” It’s the Smokies Species Mapper! Use this page to see the ranges of hundreds of plants and animals that live in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. What do YOU want to find? Photo credit: Lynn Harrison http://bit.ly/SpeciesMapper

2608 5 Dec 11, 2017
greatsmokynps: Few plants bloom in cold winter climates, and

Few plants bloom in cold winter climates, and even fewer are as hardy as witch hazel. These bright winter blooms remind us that there is beauty in every season. Photo credit: Glenn Taylor

3708 26 Dec 10, 2017
greatsmokynps: Every December for the last 43 years, the

Every December for the last 43 years, the park has looked forward to an annual visit from Mrs. Wanneta Johnson. In 1974, rangers rescued Mrs. Johnson’ s 15-year-old-son, Eric, and a companion from chest-deep snow on the Appalachian Trail. Mrs. Johnson has returned every year since to thank rangers and deliver the biggest, most beautiful poinsettia she can find. “This gift of flowers is a small token of the love we have for all the Rangers who risked their lives for our son Eric,” she wrote. Rangers and park staff were happy to greet both her and Eric on Thursday!

11626 78 Dec 9, 2017
greatsmokynps: Newfound Gap draped in snow today! #snowysmokies

Newfound Gap draped in snow today!

1881 9 Dec 8, 2017
greatsmokynps: Take a step back in time to Christmas

Take a step back in time to Christmas of yesteryear this Saturday! Sugarlands Visitor Center will be hosting its 41st annual Festival of Christmas Past from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Join us for old-time mountain music, traditional shape note singing, mountain craft demonstrations, and a living history walk as we relive the traditions of Smoky Mountain Christmases long ago.

5361 34 Dec 6, 2017
greatsmokynps: Natural processes are amazing!  This tree was given

Natural processes are amazing! This tree was given life from the tree below. Do you know what this is called? Photo Credit: Rhonda Wise

6687 24 Dec 5, 2017
greatsmokynps: Winter is right around the corner, but cool

Winter is right around the corner, but cool weather hiking can be just as enjoyable as hiking during warmer months. Preparedness is key: dress warmly in layers, remember earlier sunset times, and stay hydrated!

4805 16 Dec 3, 2017
greatsmokynps: September 2017 Artist-In-Residence Ann Marshall has

September 2017 Artist-In-Residence Ann Marshall has returned home to Hoboken, NJ to work on some delightful Smokies illustrations. Enjoy! For more on the Artist-in-Residence program: http://bit.ly/SmokiesArt.

12607 47 Dec 1, 2017
greatsmokynps:

“What good is the warmth of summer without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?” –John Steinbeck Wishing you all a beautiful first day of December. Photo: Kristina Plaas