Events and Demonstrations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

One of the most exciting things to do in the Great Smoky Mountain national park is to take advantage of the events and ranger guided programs. There are programs for park visitors of all ages and special programs for kids who want to become Junior Rangers. Parents are welcome to join is as well!

Most programs and events that take place in the Great Smoky Mountains national park take place from April through November. All programs are free unless listed next to event. Donation are always welcome and you can find donation boxes at all of the visitor centers.

All programs are subject to cancellation without notice most often due to bad weather for outdoor programs or road conditions in the GSMNP due to snow and ice in the early spring or fall.

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Past Programs and Events in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

September 2016 Events in the Great Smoky Mountains Natl Park

  • Saturday September 17, 2016  10:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Mountain Life Festival The Mountain Farm Museum will make Smoky Mountains history come alive as demonstrators make soap, apple cider, sorghum molasses, hominy, and of course real Appalachian mountain music. Taking place at the Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center from 10am-4pm.
     

June 2016 Events in the Great Smoky Mountains Natl Park

  • Saturday June 18, 2016  10:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Womens Work Festival Discover the roles rural women held in the family and community in days past with live demonstrations from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Mountain Farm Museum right next to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     

May 2016 Events in the Great Smoky Mountains Natl Park

  • Wednesday May 11, 2016  12:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Bike or Hike The Cades Cove Loop Cades Cove Loop Road does not open to any vehicles until 10:00am on Wednesday and Saturday mornings so that bicycle riders and pedestrians can enjoy biking or hiking around all or part of the 11 mile loop without traffic.

    This is the best way to see the abundant wildlife in Cades Cove such as black bear, deer and turkey. Bikes are available for rent at the Cades Cove store. For more information go to the Smokies Biking Page.
     

April 2016 Events in the Great Smoky Mountains Natl Park

  • Saturday April 23, 2016  10:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Blacksmith Demonstration: Being able to repair broken metal objects or making new ones was an important skill to have back in the day. See a live Blacksmithing presentation and actual metal working at the Blacksmith building near the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area at the back end of the Cades Cove Loop from 10am-4pm.
     
  • Saturday April 23, 2016  10:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    National Junior Ranger Day: From 10 am to 2pm your kids can join Park Rangers at the Cades Cove Visitor Center for a fun-filled day of hands-on activities and earn a junior ranger patch and certificate!
     
  • Saturday April 23, 2016  10:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    National Junior Ranger Day: From 10 am to 2pm your kids can join Park Rangers at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center for a fun-filled day of hands-on activities and earn a junior ranger patch and certificate!
     
  • Saturday April 23, 2016  10:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    National Junior Ranger Day: From 10am to 2pm your kids can join Park Rangers at the Sugarlands Visitor Center for a fun-filled day of hands-on activities and earn a junior ranger patch and certificate!
     
  • Saturday April 16, 2016  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Back Porch Old-Time Music Jam: Bring an acoustic instrument and join us on the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Back Porch from 2-4pm for a musical jam session with traditional Appalachian music. All levels of playing are welcome and audience members are encouraged to tap their feet!
     
  • Friday April 15, 2016  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Science Friday: Join a scientist on the 3rd Friday of the month at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 1:00 to 3:00 pm to learn about and engage in on-going scientific research happening inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The topics discussed in this exciting program vary every month.
     
  • Tuesday April 12, 2016  3:00pm at Cataloochee area of GSMNP
    Return of the Elk: Come enjoy a guided moderate hike of less than a mile to where the elk acclimation pen was located and explore how, when, and why the elk returned to the Smokies. Meet at the Rough Fork Trailhead in Cataloochee Valley at 3:00pm for an hour and a half of fun!
     
  • Wednesday April 06, 2016  3:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    April Cades Cove Hayrides: The best way to end a spring day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:00-4:30pm. Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables and arrive early as Hayrides can fill up quickly and they are first-come, first-served. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     

March 2016 Events in the Great Smoky Mountains Natl Park

  • Tuesday March 29, 2016  11:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Precious Memories: Discover the importance of the Cades Cove Primitive Baptist Church in the everyday life of the people that lived in Cades Cove. Programs are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11-11:30am and 1-1:30pm at the Cades Cove Primitive Baptist Church.
     
  • Tuesday March 29, 2016  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    School Days at Little Greenbrier: Take a trip back in time and learn what it was like to live in a community in the Smoky Mountains and attend school in a one-room schoolhouse. This program is conducted by someone who intimately knows firsthand the people who inhabited this part of the park. This program is fun for all ages and great for Junior Rangers, but space is limited so please arrive 15 minutes before program starts. Takes place Tuesdays from 11am to Noon and 1pm-2pm in the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area.
     
  • Sunday March 27, 2016  1:30pm at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Old Town of Elkmont: Stroll through Elkmont with a ranger from 1:30-3pm Sundays and learn about it when it was a turn-of-the-century logging boom town. Meet behind Elkmont Campground Entrance Station.
     
  • Sunday March 27, 2016  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Down on the Farm: See ongoing demonstrations on Sundays from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. Here you will get to see the kinds of activities 19th century families may have been engaged with, such as hearth cooking, woodworking, or gardening.
     
  • Saturday March 26, 2016  10:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Coffee with a Ranger: Join a Great Smoky Mountains national park ranger for a cup of coffee and find out what is happening in the park! Coffee provided, but please bring a cup if you have one. Takes place on Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:00am at the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday March 26, 2016  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Join a real Park Ranger by the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area on Saturdays from 1-1:45 for a hands-on exploration of the Smokies and its inhabitants. Earn credit towards for getting a Junior Ranger badge and certificate for attending and participating in this program.
     
  • Saturday March 26, 2016  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Stories that Flowers Tell: If flowers could actually talk what stories do you think they would tell you? Take a guided walk in the Sugarlands to hear some interesting folklore about the flowers the Smokies are famous for, and get to know your favorites a little bit better as well. Saturdays 1:00-2:30pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday March 26, 2016  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    WILD By Design Program: Experience a talk with hands-on demonstration with a Ranger of what lives in the park and makes them so fascinating Saturdays from 2:30-3:00pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Friday March 25, 2016  10:30am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    A Walk in the Woods: Take a leisurely guided stroll away from the hustle and bustle and discover stories of Smokies history and nature along a easy to navigate scenic, wooded trail. Your hike begins at the Sugarlands Visitor Center on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 10:30am to 12 noon.
     
  • Friday March 25, 2016  11:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Charismatic Mega-Fauna: Everyone loves big beautiful wild animals and here is your opportunity to find out what you can find in the Great Smoky Mountains national park and where you can find them from a ranger on Fridays from 11:00 to 11:30am at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch.
     
  • Friday March 25, 2016  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Creature Feature: Did you know that one of the most diverse places in the world is the Great Smoky Mountains? Join a national park ranger to learn about some of the interesting creatures that live here in the Smokies during this Rangers Choice style program that takes place every day at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 2:00 to 2:30 pm.
     

December 2015 Events in the Great Smoky Mountains Natl Park

  • Saturday December 19, 2015  10:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Holiday Homecoming: Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas celebration in the Smokies with traditional music from 10:00am to Noon at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday December 12, 2015  9:30am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Festival of Christmas Past: Join us to celebrate an old-fashioned Smoky Mountains Christmas in the mountains at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 9:30am to 4:00pm.
     

November 2015 Events in the Great Smoky Mountains Natl Park

  • Saturday November 21, 2015  1:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Back Porch Old Time Music Jam: Bring an acoustic instrument and join us on the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Back Porch from 1-3pm for a musical jam session with traditional Appalachian music. All levels of playing are welcome and audience members are encouraged to tap their feet!
     
  • Saturday November 07, 2015  1:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Back Porch Old Time Music Jam: Bring an acoustic instrument and join us on the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Back Porch from 1-3pm for a musical jam session with traditional Appalachian music. All levels of playing are welcome and audience members are encouraged to tap their feet!
     

October 2015 Events in the Great Smoky Mountains Natl Park

  • Saturday October 17, 2015  1:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Back Porch Old Time Music Jam: Bring an acoustic instrument and join us on the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Back Porch from 1-3pm for a musical jam session with traditional Appalachian music. All levels of playing are welcome and audience members are encouraged to tap their feet!
     
  • Saturday October 10, 2015  10:30am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Get Your Kids Hiking! There is no better way for the family to enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains than to take a leisurely stroll to admire its beauty. Family hiking expert and author of Get Your Kids Hiking, Jeff Alt, teams up with Great Smoky Mountains National Park Rangers to lead kids and accompanying adults on a short hike 1 hour loaded with hands-on family hiking tips and ways to explore the outdoors. Learn how a few simple techniques and some basic equipment can turn any walk in the woods into a safe, fun-filled adventure. Children must be accompanied by an adult and walks that are less than one mile are open to children of all ages. 10:30 to 11:30am at Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday October 03, 2015  1:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Back Porch Old Time Music Jam: Bring an acoustic instrument and join us on the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Back Porch from 1-3pm for a musical jam session with traditional Appalachian music. All levels of playing are welcome and audience members are encouraged to tap their feet!
     
  • Friday October 02, 2015  10:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Coffee with a Ranger: Join a Great Smoky Mountains national park ranger for a cup of coffee and find out what is happening in the park! Coffee provided, but please bring a cup if you have one. Takes place on Fridays from 10:00 to 10:45am at the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     

September 2015 Events in the Great Smoky Mountains Natl Park

  • Thursday September 24, 2015  11:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Welcome Home! North American Elk have returned to the Smokies after more than century of being gone. Relax, have a seat on the visitor center porch and hear the story about the return of the largest animal in the Great Smoky Mountains. Wednesdays from 11:00 to 11:30pm on the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Wednesday September 23, 2015  11:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Forecasting the Future with Mother Nature: Nuts were fair and the berries were late. You may have seen several morning fogs and there were rings around the moon in August. Does this mean a hard winter or a mild one? What about how much snow will we get this year? How did people in the past use nature to forecast the upcoming winter and did it really work? Takes place on Wednesdays from 11:00 to 11:30am at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch.
     
  • Tuesday September 22, 2015  10:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Longing for the ”Good Ol’ Days”: Take a walk with a Great Smoky Mountains national park ranger Tuesdays from 10:00am-10:45 with a ranger to learn what life was like on a real Appalachian mountain farm and see in fact if it was really the Good Ol Days. Meet at the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Monday September 21, 2015  2:30pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Black Bears: Big, Smelly and Smart. Discover the wondrous ways that black bears in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park adapt to their environment as well as how bears prepare for the upcoming winter season. Takes place Mondays from 2:30 to 3:00pm at the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Sunday September 20, 2015  11:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Longing for the ”Good Ol’ Days”: Take a walk with a Great Smoky Mountains national park ranger Sundays from 11:00am-11:45 with a ranger to learn what life was like on a real Appalachian mountain farm and see in fact if it was really the Good Ol Days. Meet at the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday September 19, 2015  10:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Mountain Life Festival: The Mountain Farm Museum will make Smoky Mountains history come alive as demonstrators make soap, apple cider, sorghum molasses, hominy, and of course real Appalachian mountain music. Taking place at the Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center from 10am-4pm.
     
  • Saturday September 19, 2015  1:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Back Porch Old Time Music Jam: Bring an acoustic instrument and join us on the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Back Porch from 1-3pm for a musical jam session with traditional Appalachian music. All levels of playing are welcome and audience members are encouraged to tap their feet!
     
  • Saturday September 05, 2015  1:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Back Porch Old Time Music Jam: Bring an acoustic instrument and join us on the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Back Porch from 1-3pm for a musical jam session with traditional Appalachian music. All levels of playing are welcome and audience members are encouraged to tap their feet!
     
  • Saturday September 05, 2015  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Bear-mania! Do you want to know a lot about the symbol of the Smokies which is our black bears? Learn from a ranger all about them and other wildlife in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     

August 2015 Events in the Great Smoky Mountains Natl Park

  • Saturday August 29, 2015  8:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Full Moon Hike: See Cades Cove a whole new way as an easy 2 mile hike at night under the stars and with a full moon! Meet at the Orientation Shelter at the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop Road for a walk that goes from 8:30-10:30pm. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
     
  • Sunday August 16, 2015  11:00am at Smokemont area of GSMNP
    Old Time Mountain Religion: Join a GSMNP ranger and discover how old-time mountain religion met the Smoky Mountains communitys spritual and social needs. Tales places on Sundays from 11:00 to 11:45am at the Smokemont Baptist Church which is near the Smokemont Campgrounds entrance.
     
  • Saturday August 15, 2015  11:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Smoky Mountain Elk: How do North American elk stay warm in the winter? How much do their antlers weigh and how often do they lose them? Ask a Ranger these and any other of your elk questions. Takes place Saurdays from 11:00 to 11:30am on the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch.
     
  • Saturday August 15, 2015  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Explore Cades Cove This interactive, fun program will cover things such as the wildlife and history that makes Cades Cove such and awesome place. Takes place on Saturdays from 1:00 to 1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area which is halfway around the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday August 15, 2015  1:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Back Porch Old-Time Music Jam: Bring an acoustic instrument and join us on the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Back Porch from 1-3pm for a musical jam session with traditional Appalachian music. All levels of playing are welcome and audience members are encouraged to tap their feet!
     
  • Friday August 14, 2015  5:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Feeding time! Join Great Smoky Mountains National Park staff as they close up the Mountain Farm Museum for the evening. You will even get the chance to help feed the pigs and chickens if you want to! Taking place from 5:00 to 5:30pm at the Mountain Farm Museum next to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday August 11, 2015  12:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Hike to the Chimney Tops: Join a Ranger as part of the Family Hike Series from 9:00am to 1:00pm and get your heart pumping on this very, very steep hike on a newly rehabilitated hiking trail. If the climb does not take your breath away the view from the Chimney Tops surely will! Bring a picnic lunch. Recommended for youth ages 10 and up. Maximum of 25 participants. This hike is 4 miles round-trip and is strenuous with some rock scrambling required. Sign up at Sugarlands Visitor Center to ensure a spot for your entire family!
     
  • Tuesday August 11, 2015  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Black Bears in the Smokies: There is danger everywhere, high and low but always close especially if you are an American ursis. Learn how we are the greatest danger to the American black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains national park were presently more than 2 bear per square mile live. Tuesdays from 2:00 to 2:45pm at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch.
     
  • Monday August 10, 2015  11:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Mill Tour: Join a ranger for a walk around and through several of the historic structures in Cades Cove that were important to the community. Taking place Mondays from 11:30-noon and 12:30-1:00pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area halfway around the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Monday August 10, 2015  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Eeek! Bats! Eeek! Bats! Do bats really suck blood? Do they really get caught in your hair? Are they a friend or foe? Let the ranger tell you the truth about these amazing creatures and the silent enemy among them. Meet on the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch on Mondays from 2:00 to 2:45pm.
     
  • Sunday August 09, 2015  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Work & Play: Experience what it was like to work on a farm in Cades Cove and work as a family to get chores done from 1:00 to 2:00pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday August 09, 2015  1:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Cherokee Culture: Cherokee have been here in the Smokies for more than 13,000 years. Join Cherokee Friends on Thursdays and Sundays from 1:00-3:00 pm to learn about the Cherokee culture and history through demonstrations and storytelling. Takes place at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch Area.
     
  • Sunday August 09, 2015  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Bear-mania! Do you want to know a lot about the symbol of the Smokies which is our black bears? Learn from a ranger all about them and other wildlife in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Sundays from 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday August 08, 2015  10:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Blacksmith Demonstrations: Being able to repair broken metal objects or making new ones was an important skill to have back in the day. See a live Blacksmithing presentation and actual metal working at the Blacksmith building near the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area at the back end of the Cades Cove Loop from 10am-4pm.
     
  • Saturday August 08, 2015  11:30am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Mingus Mill Demonstration: Go back in time and chat with a miller and feel the rumble of this historic gristmill in action from 11:30-Noon and from 12:30-1:00pm. The Mingus mill is located a half-mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on US441 (Newfound Gap Road).
     
  • Saturday August 01, 2015  1:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Back Porch Old-Time Music Jam: Bring an acoustic instrument and join us on the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Back Porch from 1-3pm for a musical jam session with traditional Appalachian music. All levels of playing are welcome and audience members are encouraged to tap their feet!
     

July 2015 Events in the Great Smoky Mountains Natl Park

  • Saturday July 25, 2015  10:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Blacksmith Demonstrations: Being able to repair broken metal objects or making new ones was an important skill to have back in the day. See a live Blacksmithing presentation and actual metal working at the Blacksmith building near the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area at the back end of the Cades Cove Loop from 10am-4pm.
     
  • Friday July 24, 2015  7:30pm at Clingmans Dome area of GSMNP
    Clingmans Dome Sunset Hike: Meet Clingmans Dome Visitor Center Fridays from 7:30 to 9:00pm so you can walk with a Ranger up the Clingmans Dome Trail as the light fades from the sky. Enjoy the sun setting from the highest peak in Tennessee and walk back down amongst the stars. Limited to 50 participants so you must sign-up at Sugarlands Visitor Center starting on the Wednesday preceding the program.
     
  • Tuesday July 21, 2015  10:00am at Cosby area of GSMNP
    Hike to Hen Wallow Falls: Join a Ranger as part of the Family Hike Series from 10:00am to 2:00pm and beat the crowds at this hidden gem in the Cosby part of the Great Smoky Mountains national park. On this hike you get to see a beautiful waterfall, as well as search for salamanders, and see some of the Smokies oldest trees along with damage from huge storm. Bring a picnic lunch. Recommended for youth ages 7 to 10 with a Maximum of 30 participants. This 4.3 miles round-trip hike is considered moderately difficult. Sign up at Sugarlands Visitor Center to ensure a spot for your entire family!
     
  • Saturday July 18, 2015  11:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Get Your Kids Hiking! There is no better way for the family to enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains than to take a leisurely stroll to admire its beauty. Family hiking expert and author of Get Your Kids Hiking, Jeff Alt, teams up with Great Smoky Mountains National Park Rangers to lead kids and accompanying adults on a short hike 1 hour loaded with hands-on family hiking tips and ways to explore the outdoors. Learn how a few simple techniques and some basic equipment can turn any walk in the woods into a safe, fun-filled adventure. Children must be accompanied by an adult and walks that are less than one mile are open to children of all ages. 10:30 to 11:30am at Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday July 18, 2015  1:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Back Porch Old-Time Music Jam: Bring an acoustic instrument and join us on the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Back Porch from 1-3pm for a musical jam session with traditional Appalachian music. All levels of playing are welcome and audience members are encouraged to tap their feet!
     
  • Tuesday July 14, 2015  3:00pm at Cataloochee area of GSMNP
    Return of the Elk: Come enjoy a guided moderate hike of less than a mile to where the elk acclimation pen was located and explore how, when, and why the elk returned to the Smokies. Meet at the Rough Fork Trailhead in Cataloochee Valley at 3:00pm for an hour and a half of fun!
     
  • Sunday July 12, 2015  2:00pm at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    Shaped-Note Singing School: Singing schools in the mountains were scheduled when people were not occupied with their work and were held when regular ”literary” schools were adjourned. These singing schools taught the rudiments of music to the general population by the use of shape notes (also know as Old Harp singing). Come and participate in this very special program or just listen. Song books will be provided. Takes place at the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse from 2:00 to 4:00pm.
     
  • Friday July 10, 2015  9:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Slimy Salamanders The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the salamander capital of the world. Now you can join a Ranger to explore the damp, dark world of the park’s most popular amphibian. Be prepared to get a little wet and even a little dirty as we search for this slimy creature in their natural environment. You should wear closed-toed shoes that can get wet if possible. Takes place at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 9:00 to 10:30am.
     
  • Tuesday July 07, 2015  3:00pm at Cataloochee area of GSMNP
    Return of the Elk: Come enjoy a guided moderate hike of less than a mile to where the elk acclimation pen was located and explore how, when, and why the elk returned to the Smokies. Meet at the Rough Fork Trailhead in Cataloochee Valley at 3:00pm for an hour and a half of fun!
     
  • Saturday July 04, 2015  10:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Blacksmith Demonstrations: Being able to repair broken metal objects or making new ones was an important skill to have back in the day. See a live Blacksmithing presentation and actual metal working at the Blacksmith building near the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area at the back end of the Cades Cove Loop from 10am-4pm.
     
  • Saturday July 04, 2015  1:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Back Porch Old-Time Music Jam: Bring an acoustic instrument and join us on the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Back Porch from 1-3pm for a musical jam session with traditional Appalachian music. All levels of playing are welcome and audience members are encouraged to tap their feet!
     

June 2015 Events in the Great Smoky Mountains Natl Park

  • Saturday June 27, 2015  10:30am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Longing for the ”Good Ol’ Days”: Take a walk with a Great Smoky Mountains national park ranger from 10:30am-11:15 with a ranger on Saturdays to learn what life was like on a real Appalachian mountain farm and see in fact if it was really the ”Good Ol’ Days”. Meet at the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday June 27, 2015  12:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Down on the Farm: See ongoing demonstrations on Saturdays from noon to 2:00 pm at the Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. Here you will get to see the kinds of activities 19th century families may have been engaged with, such as hearth cooking, woodworking, or gardening.
     
  • Saturday June 27, 2015  1:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Eeek! Bats! Eeek! Bats! Do bats really suck blood? Do they really get caught in your hair? Are they a friend or foe? Let the ranger tell you the truth about these amazing creatures and the silent enemy among them. Meet on the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch on Saturdays from 1:00 to 1:45pm.
     
  • Saturday June 27, 2015  3:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger program: Stream Splashers Come to Oconaluftee, roll up your pants and wade through a Smoky Mountains stream to look for salamanders, damselflies, and other critters. Be prepared to get wet and have fun! Taking place Saturdays 3-4:30pm at the Oconaluftee River adjacent to the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. Wearing closed toe shoes that you can get wet is recommended.
     
  • Saturday June 27, 2015  5:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Find Your Park Join a Ranger on Saturdays for a look into National Parks across the country and find out which one might be yours at the Tree Cookie area adjacent to Oconaluftee Visitor Center from 5:00 to 6:00pm.
     
  • Friday June 26, 2015  9:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Slimy Salamanders The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the salamander capital of the world. Now you can join a Ranger to explore the damp, dark world of the park’s most popular amphibian. Be prepared to get a little wet and even a little dirty as we search for this slimy creature in their natural environment. You should wear closed-toed shoes that can get wet if possible. Takes place at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 9:00 to 10:30am.
     
  • Friday June 26, 2015  10:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Batteries Not Included Join a ranger to discover what kinds of toys kids played with in the old days before video games, iPods and iPads. When it is over you will be able to take home a buzz button of your very own. All ages welcome. Takes place Fridays from 10-10:30am, 10:30-11am, 11-11:30am, 11:30-noon at the Mountain Farm Museum, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Friday June 26, 2015  10:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Blacksmithing Limited to children ages 10 to 12 with group size of no more than 8 children, this hands on program teaches you about the blacksmith and you get to create your own item to take home. Meet at the Blacksmith Shop at the Mountain Farm Museum, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on Fridays at 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am and 11:30am.
     
  • Friday June 26, 2015  12:30pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Leave No Trace When you explore the wilderness, can anyone tell you have been there? How can you minimize the impact you leave behind? Join a ranger to find out on the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch on Fridays from 12:30 to 1:15pm.
     
  • Friday June 26, 2015  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Animal Defenses Skunks aren’t the only animals that defend themselves in the woods. Join a Ranger Thursdays from 2:00 to 2:45pm at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch to find out other fascinating ways animals defend themselves in the wild.
     
  • Friday June 26, 2015  2:30pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    What is Land Worth? Join a GSMNP ranger for a guided walk at the Mountain Farm Museum to explore the history of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Take place on Fridays at the Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center from at 2:30 to 3:15pm.
     
  • Thursday June 25, 2015  12:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Appalachian Life Guided Walk: Why did people settle the Great Smoky Mountains? What made the Smokies area attractive to call home? Join a GSMNP ranger for a walk at the Mountain Farm Museum to discover what life was like ”in the old days.” Takes place Thursdays at the Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center from noon to 12:45 pm.
     
  • Thursday June 25, 2015  4:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Mammal Mania! Otters, and elk, and bears, oh my! Join a ranger for a hands on discovery of mammals that live in the Great Smoky Mountains national park. Take place Thursdays from 4 to 4:45pm at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center South Porch.
     
  • Wednesday June 24, 2015  1:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Pack Your Day Pack If you want to see scenic vistas, waterfalls and old homesites you have to hike on trails. What should you take with you on a day hike? Join a ranger and learn what it is you must pack before you hit the trails on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 1:45pm at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch.
     
  • Wednesday June 24, 2015  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Welcome Home! North American Elk have returned to the Smokies after more than century of being gone. Relax, have a seat on the visitor center porch and hear the story about the return of the largest animal in the Great Smoky Mountains. Wednesdays from 2:00 to 2:45pm on the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday June 23, 2015  10:30am at Greenbrier area of GSMNP
    Hike to Fern Branch Falls: Join a Ranger from 10:30am to 2:00pm as part of the Family Hike Series by Hiking 3.6 miles round trip to Fern Branch Falls along Porters Creek in the South end of the Greenbrier area of the Great Smoky Mountains national park. While you will be learning about hiking in the Smokies you will see how hikers played a role in the preservation of the Park. While hiking along beautiful Porters Creek you will be exploring the Smokies history, wildflowers and waterfalls. Bring a picnic lunch. Recommended for youth ages 5 to 8. Maximum of 30 participants. Sign up at Sugarlands Visitor Center to ensure a spot for your entire family!
     
  • Tuesday June 23, 2015  3:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Find Your Park Join a Ranger on Tuesdays for a look into National Parks across the country and find out which one might be yours at the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center from 3:00 to 4:00pm.
     
  • Monday June 22, 2015  9:30am at Smokemont area of GSMNP
    Kephart Prong Trail Hike: Join a Ranger Mondays 9:30am to Noon and explore the remains on a moderate 2 mile hike of an old logging camp, which later became on the Great SMoky Mountains national parks Civilian Conservation Corp camps. Discover what signs of history are still visible today and what life was like back then. Meet at the Kephart Prong Trailhead on Newfound Gap Road.
     
  • Monday June 22, 2015  11:00am at Smokemont area of GSMNP
    Old-Time Mountain Religion: Join a Ranger Mondays from 11:00 to 11:45am and discover how old-time mountain religion met spiritual, social, and community needs. Meet at the Smokemont Baptist Church near Smokemont Campground entrance.
     
  • Monday June 22, 2015  4:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    You’re Not Wanted Here: Join a Ranger Mondays on the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center from 4:00 to 4:45pm to discover things you may not know about two unwanted visitors to the park.
     
  • Sunday June 21, 2015  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Down on the Farm: See ongoing demonstrations on Sundays from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. Here you will get to see the kinds of activities 19th century families may have been engaged with, such as hearth cooking, woodworking, or gardening.
     
  • Sunday June 21, 2015  5:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    From Snout to Tail: Everything But the Squeal! Join a Ranger on the Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on Sundays from 5:00 to 5:45pm to learn about the mountain farmer’s best friend.
     
  • Sunday June 21, 2015  8:45pm at Smokemont area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Night Hike Ever wonder what goes Grrr in the night? What creatures are out there moving under the cover of darkness? Take an easy 1 mile walk with a Ranger Saturdays and Sundays from 8:45 to 9:45pm on the dark side and learn about some of the mysteries and wonders found only after the sun goes down. This program is limited to 25 participants. Call (828)497-1904 up to four days in advance to make reservations. Meet at the Bradley Fork Trailhead in the D-Loop of the Smokemont Campgrounds.
     
  • Saturday June 20, 2015  10:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Womens Work Festival: Discover the roles rural women held in the family and community in days past with live demonstrations from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Mountain Farm Museum right next to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday June 20, 2015  10:30am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Get Your Kids Hiking! There is no better way for the family to enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains than to take a leisurely stroll to admire its beauty. Family hiking expert and author of Get Your Kids Hiking, Jeff Alt, teams up with Great Smoky Mountains National Park Rangers to lead kids and accompanying adults on a short hike 1 hour loaded with hands-on family hiking tips and ways to explore the outdoors. Learn how a few simple techniques and some basic equipment can turn any walk in the woods into a safe, fun-filled adventure. Children must be accompanied by an adult and walks that are less than one mile are open to children of all ages. 10:30 to 11:30am at Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday June 20, 2015  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Animal Olympics Compares your abilities to the animals that live in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in this interactive and fun activity taking place Saturdays at 1-1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday June 20, 2015  1:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Back Porch Old-Time Music Jam: Bring an acoustic instrument and join us on the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Back Porch from 1-3pm for a musical jam session with traditional Appalachian music. All levels of playing are welcome and audience members are encouraged to tap their feet!
     
  • Saturday June 20, 2015  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Bear-mania! Do you want to know a lot about the symbol of the Smokies which is our black bears? Learn from a ranger all about them and other wildlife on Saturdays from 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday June 20, 2015  8:30pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    See the Stars in the Smokies: One of the great things about national parks are dark the night skies can be. Come learn the stories of some of the most popular constellations and get to use a telescope to get up close and personal with the stars. You must sign up in advance at Sugarlands Visitor Center is first come, first serve, beginning on Friday morning preceding the program. A Maximum of 40 participants will be allowed. Those who are signed up can meet at Sugarlands Visitor Center Saturday nights from 8:30 to 10:00pm.
     
  • Friday June 19, 2015  8:00pm at Clingmans Dome area of GSMNP
    Clingmans Dome Sunset Hike: Meet Clingmans Dome Visitor Center Fridays from 8:00 to 9:30pm so you can walk with a Ranger up the Clingmans Dome Trail as the light fades from the sky. Enjoy the sun setting from the highest peak in Tennessee and walk back down amongst the stars. Limited to 50 participants so you must sign-up at Sugarlands Visitor Center starting on the Wednesday preceding the program.
     
  • Thursday June 18, 2015  10:00am at Clingmans Dome area of GSMNP
    On Top of Old Smoky: Join a Ranger on a guided hike to the highest peak in the park Thurdays and Saturdays at the Clingmans Dome Visitor Center from 10:00 to 11:30am to take in 360 degree views and learn about the unique Canadian Zone environment. Discover some of the GSM parks most influential people, or hear stories behind the places in the parks names. Each hike the topics vary, but you are sure to be inspired by the stories behind the scenery, and of course the great views!
     
  • Thursday June 18, 2015  10:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Creepy Critters Join a Smoky Mountains ranger on this adventure into the dark and mysterious world of bugs and macro-invertebrates. Oohs and ahs are allowed as you get up close and personal and use sciemtific equipment such as ”sucky-uppy-things”, leaf litter boxes and magnifying glasses. Thursdays from 10:00 to 11:00am at the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area Pavilion.
     
  • Thursday June 18, 2015  10:00am at Smokemont area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Guided Hike to Chasteen Creek Waterfall Pack a snack and water and join a ranger on Thursdays from 10:00am to 1:00pm for a moderate 4-mile round-trip hike along side Bradley Fork to Chasteen Creek Falls. Meet at the Bradley Fork Trailhead in the D-Loop of the Smokemont Campgrounds.
     
  • Thursday June 18, 2015  1:00pm at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Family Adventure Advent Cabin Not sure how to safely explore the Smokies with the whole family? Learn good hiking basics that are Smokies Ranger tested and kid approved as we hike up an old railroad grade. Our final destination will be one of the lesser known historic log cabins in the Smokies that is hidden off any established trail. Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring plenty of water for this easy 2-1/2 mile round trip hike. Takes place Thursdays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Jakes Creek Trailhead in Elkmont.
     
  • Thursday June 18, 2015  2:00pm at Roaring Fork area of GSMNP
    Highland Homeland: Noah Bud Ogle Cabin Sit a spell on the front porch of the Ogle cabin on Cherokee Orchard Road and learn about the families who once lived here through demonstrations and activities will vary throughout the season on Thursdays from 2:00 to 2:45 pm in the Roaring Fork section of the GSMNP.
     
  • Thursday June 18, 2015  9:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    I Remember When: Explore the Smokies and create family memories to take home and last a lifetime at the Cades Cove amphitheater next to the campground store. Thursdays from 9:00 to 10:00pm.
     
  • Wednesday June 17, 2015  8:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Early Bird Hike: Laurel Falls and Old-Growth Forest While hiking to Laurel Falls is one of the Smokies most popular hikes, few go beyond the falls to one of the nicest and most accessible remaining old-growth forests in the Smokies. Beat the heat and the crowds for 2-1/2 hours with this moderate 3 mile guided hike. Meet at the Laurel Falls Trailhead off Little River Road Wednesdays at 8am.
     
  • Wednesday June 17, 2015  10:30am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Stream Splashers Come to Metcalf Bottoms, roll up your pants and wade through a Smoky Mountains stream to look for salamanders, damselflies, and other critters. Be prepared to get wet and have fun! Takes place Wednesdays 10:30am to Noon at the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area Pavilion.
     
  • Wednesday June 17, 2015  11:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Neighbors or Nuisances? Join GSMNP park staff Wednesdays from 11:00 to 11:45am at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch to learn about three small animals found right here around the Mountain Farm Museum. As cute as they may be, you decide whether they are friend or foe!
     
  • Wednesday June 17, 2015  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Ranger’s Choice Join a ranger Wednesdays and Fridays to learn all about the wondrous diversity of life in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With so much to learn about in the Smokies such as salamanders, black bears, to wildflowers who knows what you will learn! Bring the family for a hands-on exploration of the Smokies. Participation counts towards credit for earning a Junior Ranger badge and certificate. takes place at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area half way around the Cades Cove Loop Road from 1:00 to 1:45pm.
     
  • Wednesday June 17, 2015  1:00pm at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Family Adventure Schoolhouse Hike Not sure how to explore the Smokies with the whole family? Learn hiking basics that are both Park Ranger tested and kid approved as we hike along a mountain stream to the Little Greenbrier one-room schoolhouse where we will learn what is was like to be a student back then. Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring plenty of water for this easy 1.5 mile hike starting at the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area Pavilion that takes place on Wednesday from 1:00 to 3:00pm.
     
  • Wednesday June 17, 2015  8:15pm at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Old Elkmont Town by Lantern Light: Join a Smokies park volunteer to hear the stories of Elkmont’s heyday, whilst walking amongst the remnants of the old resort community at twilight. Limited to 25 participants who must sign-up at Sugarlands Visitor Center beginning on the Tuesday preceding the program. This special program is first come, first served. Takes place Wednesdays from 8:15 to 9:15pm in the Elkmont Campgrounds. Meet first at Little River Trailhead.
     
  • Tuesday June 16, 2015  10:00am at Clingmans Dome area of GSMNP
    Andrews Bald Hike for Families: Toss your day pack with snacks and plenty of water in the car and join a Ranger on Tuesdays 10:00am to 1:00pm for on a moderate 3.6 mile round trip hike through one of the Smoky Mountains best-known ecosystems. This hike will take you out to Andrews Bald on a moderate trail that goes down about 600 feet in elevation. Enjoy a leisurely hike back to the parking lot on your own after reaching the bald. Sturdy footwear is recommended. Meet at the Forney Ridge Trailhead by the Clingmans Dome Parking Lot.
     
  • Tuesday June 16, 2015  10:00am at Clingmans Dome area of GSMNP
    Salamanders! Join a Ranger to explore the world of salamanders where you will learn why the Smokies are the Salamander Capital of the World as we search for and collect monitoring data on these sometimes elusive critters. Takes place Tuesdays at the Mingus Mill Parking Area from 10:00 to 11:30 am.
     
  • Tuesday June 16, 2015  10:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Yucky Animal Stuff Want to know some gross stuff about animals? Check out some skulls, smells, and scat and learn some disgusting facts along the way. Join a ranger on Tuesdays for this fun and entertaining program at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 10:00 to 11:00am.
     
  • Tuesday June 16, 2015  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Blacksmithing Limited to children ages 8 to 12 with group size of no more than 8 children, this hands on program teaches you about the blacksmith and you get to create your own item to take home. Other Junior Ranger programs will be going on simultaneously for younger kids. Meet at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area, halfway around the Cades Cove Loop Road Tuesdays at 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm and 3:00pm.
     
  • Tuesday June 16, 2015  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Animal Olympics Compares your abilities to the animals that live in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in this interactive and fun activity taking place Tuesdays at 10:30 to 11:15am and 1:00 to 1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Tuesday June 16, 2015  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: School Days at Little Greenbrier Take a trip back in time and learn what it was like to live in a community in the Smoky Mountains and attend school in a one-room schoolhouse. This program is conducted by someone who intimately knows firsthand the people who inhabited this part of the park. This program is fun for all ages, but space is limited so please arrive 15 minutes before program starts. Takes place Tuesdays from 11:00am to noon and again from 2:00 to 3:00 pm in the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area.
     
  • Tuesday June 16, 2015  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Blue and Gray The Civil War needs young folks to enlist for the Union or Confederacy! Bring the family and join a park ranger to see how the Civil War affected communities in the Smokies such as Cades Cove while you learn about the life of a Civil War soldier as a recruit in either army. Tuesdays 11:30am-12:30 and 2-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area at the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Tuesday June 16, 2015  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Find Your Park Join a Ranger on Tuesdays for a look into National Parks across the country and find out which one might be yours at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 1:00 to 2:00pm.
     
  • Tuesday June 16, 2015  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Stream Splashers Come to Oconaluftee, roll up your pants and wade through a Smoky Mountains stream to look for salamanders, damselflies, and other critters. Be prepared to get wet and have fun! Taking place Tuesdays 2-3:30pm at the Oconaluftee River adjacent to the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. Wearing closed toe shoes that you can get wet is recommended.
     
  • Tuesday June 16, 2015  5:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. Tuesdays from 4:30-6:30pm. Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables and arrive early as Hayrides can fill up quickly and they are first-come, first-served. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Monday June 15, 2015  8:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Early Bird Hayride: Join a park ranger for an early morning hayride viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of life and some history of Cades Cove. If you love the Cove, thsi is a great way to see it and learn about things you never knew. Mondays and Fridays 8:00 to 10:00am for $14.00 per person. Meet at Cades Cove Riding Stables.
     
  • Monday June 15, 2015  10:30am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Being A Kid in the Mountains Join a ranger from Mondays from 10:30-11:30am at the Sugarlands Visitor Center to learn what it was like to grow up in the Great Smoky Mountains before any of the modern conveniences we enjoy today. Learn from a park ranger about the chores that kids did as well as what they did for fun.
     
  • Monday June 15, 2015  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Eager Weaver See what life was like in the old days by joining a ranger and learning the art of weaving using a loom. You even get to take home your handicraft! Mondays from 1-1:45 pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Monday June 15, 2015  1:00pm at Clingmans Dome area of GSMNP
    Islands in the Sky: The high elevation forest of the Smokies is one of the most interesting and endangered ecosystems in the Eastern United States. Come learn more about what makes this beautiful area in the Smokies so unique. Taking place Mondays and Tuesdays from 1:00 to 1:45pm at the Viewing Area below Clingmans Dome Visitor Center.
     
  • Monday June 15, 2015  1:00pm at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Creepy Critters Join a Ranger on this adventure into the dark and mysterious world of bugs and macro-invertebrates. Get up close and personal with the use of real scientific equipment such as sucky-uppy-things, leaf litter boxes and magnifying glasses. Mondays at the Elkmont Amphitheater from 1:00 to 2:00pm.
     
  • Monday June 15, 2015  3:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Welcome Home! North American Elk have returned to the Smokies after more than century of being gone. Relax, have a seat on the visitor center porch and hear the story about the return of the largest animal in the Great Smoky Mountains. Mondays from 2:00 to 2:45pm on the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Monday June 15, 2015  6:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Feeding Time Join Great Smoky Mountains national park park staff as they close up the Mountain Farm Museum for the evening. You will even be able to help feed the pigs and chickens at the farm! Weekdays at the Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center from 6:00 to 6:30pm.
     
  • Monday June 15, 2015  9:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Night Hike: What could be more magical than listening to the spirits of Cades Cove while enjoying this popular 2.5 mile night-time walk in the Cove? Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. Mondays and Fridays from 9:00 to 11:00pm. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Orientation shelter at the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday June 14, 2015  11:30am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Endangered Species: How can you help ensure that the Great Smoky Mountains does not lose any more plants or animals? Join a ranger to learn how to protect all the park has to offer! Takes place Sundays at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch from 11:30am to 12:15pm.
     
  • Sunday June 14, 2015  11:30am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11:30am-12:30pm.
     
  • Sunday June 14, 2015  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Blue and Gray The Civil War needs young folks to enlist for the Union or Confederacy! Bring the family and join a park ranger to see how the Civil War affected communities in the Smokies such as Cades Cove while you learn about the life of a Civil War soldier as a recruit in either army. Sundays 1:00 to 2:00pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area at the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday June 14, 2015  2:00pm at Newfound Gap area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Geology Rocks! Amaze your friends with newfound knowledge about how the Great Smoky Mountains were born, how huge they once were and how they keep changing over time. Takes place Sundays from 2-2:45pm at the Newfound Gap Overlook.
     
  • Sunday June 14, 2015  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    A Wondrous Diversity of Life: Come learn more about reintroduced species, non-native insects, slimy salamanders or the secret lives of black bears in the Great Smoky Mountains. Topics discussed vary, but you are sure to be amazed by the Smokies biodiversity and beauty. Meet at Sugarlands Visitor Center Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:00 to 2:45pm.
     
  • Sunday June 14, 2015  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Wild by Design Program: Experience a talk with hands-on demonstration with a Ranger of what lives in the park and makes them so fascinating Saturdays and Sundays from 2:30-3:15pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday June 14, 2015  5:30pm at Cataloochee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk Cataloochee is the best place to see our reintroduced herd of North American Elk. Come to the yellow Palmer House in Cataloochee Valley Sundays from 5:30-6:15pm to learn about the history of the elk through show and tell activities along with the connection and balance in nature to insure survival for elk and other species living together in an ecosystem. When the program is over watch the elk from a safe distance come into in the fields!
     
  • Sunday June 14, 2015  8:00pm at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Elkmont Campfire Program: Join a Ranger from the Great Smoky Mountains National for a National Park tradition; the evening campfire program. Topics vary from week to week, but you are guaranteed to learn something new about the Smokies and have a good time. Fridays and Sundays at the Elkmont Campground Amphitheater from 8:00 to 9:00pm.
     
  • Saturday June 06, 2015  10:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Blacksmith Demonstrations: Being able to repair broken metal objects or making new ones was an important skill to have back in the day. See a live Blacksmithing presentation and actual metal working at the Blacksmith building near the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area at the back end of the Cades Cove Loop from 10am-4pm.
     
  • Saturday June 06, 2015  1:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Back Porch Old-Time Music Jam: Bring an acoustic instrument and join us on the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Back Porch from 1-3pm for a musical jam session with traditional Appalachian music. All levels of playing are welcome and audience members are encouraged to tap their feet!
     

May 2015 Events in the Great Smoky Mountains Natl Park

  • Wednesday May 27, 2015  11:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Old-Time Toy Demonstration: Designing and making simple toys from wood added some fun to the life of children from Cades Cove, so what they made and how they did it on Wednesdays from 11:00am-3:00pm at the Blacksmith Building in the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday May 24, 2015  10:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Blacksmith Demonstration: Being able to repair broken metal objects or making new ones was an important skill to have back in the day. See a live Blacksmithing presentation and actual metal working at the Blacksmith building near the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area at the back end of the Cades Cove Loop from 10am-4pm.
     
  • Saturday May 23, 2015  10:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Blacksmith Demonstration: Being able to repair broken metal objects or making new ones was an important skill to have back in the day. See a live Blacksmithing presentation and actual metal working at the Blacksmith building near the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area at the back end of the Cades Cove Loop from 10am-4pm.
     
  • Sunday May 17, 2015  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Mammal Mania! Opossum, and elk, and bears, oh my! Join a ranger for a hands on discovery of mammals that live in the Great Smoky Mountains national park. Take place from 2 to 2:45pm at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center South Porch.
     
  • Saturday May 16, 2015  1:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Back Porch Old Time Music: Join us on the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Back Porch from 1-3pm for a musical jam session. All levels of playing are welcome and audience members are encouraged to tap their feet!
     
  • Sunday May 10, 2015  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Mammal Mania! Opossum, and elk, and bears, oh my! Join a ranger for a hands on discovery of mammals that live in the Great Smoky Mountains national park. Take place from 2 to 2:45pm at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center South Porch.
     
  • Saturday May 09, 2015  10:30am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Longing for the Good Ol’ Days: Take a walk from 10:30am-11:15 with a ranger to learn what life was like on a real Appalachian mountain farm. Meet at the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday May 09, 2015  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program in Cades Cove: Join a Park Ranger for a hands-on exploration of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Participation counts towards credit for earning a Junior Ranger badge and certificate however everyone will learn and have fun while doing so from 1:00 to 1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday May 09, 2015  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Flowers, Flowers Everywhere. Join a ranger to see how good your wildflower identification skills are, or maybe discover some skills you did not even know you had. This is a great program for both families and beginning wildflower enthusiasts. Takes place from 1:00 to 2:30pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center Patio.
     
  • Saturday May 09, 2015  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Wild by Design Program: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Friday May 08, 2015  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Forks of the River: Take a guided walk with a ranger and learn about the area known as "Forks of the River" where the present Great Smoky Mountains national park headquarters and the Sugarlands Visitor Center is and well as the vibrant communities of Sugarlands and Fighting Creek.
     
  • Thursday May 07, 2015  11:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Precious Memories: Discover the importance of the Cades Cove Primitive Baptist Church in the everyday life of the people in Cades Cove’s. Programs at 11-11:30am and 1-1:30pm at the Cades Cove Primitive Baptist Church
     
  • Thursday May 07, 2015  11:00am at Clingmans Dome area of GSMNP
    Hike to Andrews Bald: Join a ranger for a 3 mile day-hike to Andrews Bald from 11am to 2pm. Meet at the Forney Ridge Trailhead at Clingmans Dome parking area.
     
  • Thursday May 07, 2015  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    The Stories that Flowers Tell: If flowers could actually talk what stories do you think they would tell you? Take a guided walk in the Sugarlands to hear some interesting folklore about the flowers the Smokies are famous for, and get to know your favorites a little bit better as well. 1:00-2:30pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Wednesday May 06, 2015  9:00am at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Old Town of Elkmont: Stroll through Elkmont with a ranger from 9-10:30am and learn about it when it was a turn-of-the-century logging boom town. Meet behind Elkmont Campground Entrance Station.
     
  • Tuesday May 05, 2015  11:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Precious Memories: Discover the importance of the Cades Cove Primitive Baptist Church in the everyday life of the people in Cades Cove’s. Programs at 11-11:30am and 1-1:30pm at the Cades Cove Primitive Baptist Church
     
  • Tuesday May 05, 2015  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    Little Greenbrier School: Take a trip back in time and learn what it was like to live in a community in the Smoky Mountains and attend school in a one-room schoolhouse. This program is conducted by someone who intimately knows firsthand the people who inhabited this part of the park. This program is fun for all ages, but space is limited so please arrive 15 minutes before program starts. Takes place from 11am-12 and 2-3pm in the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area.
     
  • Tuesday May 05, 2015  1:00pm at Greenbrier area of GSMNP
    In the Heart of Greenbrier: Enjoy a beautiful guided walk through an emerald green forest to one of the Great Smoky Mountains hidden gems in what was once a thriving comiunity. Along the way you will a wonderful waterfall, a babbling brook and have teh opoertunity learn to identify some lovely wildflowers along the way. Hike lasts from 1:00 to 4:00pm. Meet at the Porters Creek Trailhead in Greenbrier.
     
  • Monday May 04, 2015  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    Five Sisters Cove - The Walker Sisters of Little Greenbrier: Join a ranger for an easy 2.2 mile roundtrip hike to learn about the famous Walker Sisters of Little Greenbrier. The ranger will talk about adaptation and the flexibility required of these strong-willed sisters to live in the old-fashioned way. Takes place 11am to 1:30pm. Meet at Little Greenbrier School, near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area.
     
  • Sunday May 03, 2015  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    So You Wanna Take a Hike? Do you know how should you prepare for either a day hike or an overnight trip in the Smokies? Learn the do’s and don’ts in this fact-filled program for all ages and experience levels. Taking place 1-1:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center Patio.
     
  • Saturday May 02, 2015  10:30am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Longing for the Good Ol’ Days: Take a walk from 10:30am-11:15 with a ranger to learn what life was like on a real Appalachian mountain farm. Meet at the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday May 02, 2015  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program in Cades Cove: Join a Park Ranger for a hands-on exploration of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Participation counts towards credit for earning a Junior Ranger badge and certificate however everyone will learn and have fun while doing so from 1:00 to 1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday May 02, 2015  1:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Back Porch Old Time Music: Join us on the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Back Porch from 1-3pm for a musical jam session. All levels of playing are welcome and audience members are encouraged to tap their feet!
     
  • Saturday May 02, 2015  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Flowers, Flowers Everywhere. Join a ranger to see how good your wildflower identification skills are, or maybe discover some skills you did not even know you had. This is a great program for both families and beginning wildflower enthusiasts. Takes place from 1:00 to 2:30pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center Patio.
     
  • Saturday May 02, 2015  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Wild by Design Program: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday May 02, 2015  8:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Full Moon Walk: See Cades Cove a whole new way as an easy 2 mile hike at night under the stars and with a full moon! Meet at the Orientation Shelter at the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop Road for a walk that goes from 8-10pm. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.
     
  • Friday May 01, 2015  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Friday May 01, 2015  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Forks of the River: Take a guided walk with a ranger and learn about the area known as "Forks of the River" where the present Great Smoky Mountains national park headquarters and the Sugarlands Visitor Center is and well as the vibrant communities of Sugarlands and Fighting Creek.
     

March 2015 Events in the Great Smoky Mountains Natl Park

  • Saturday March 21, 2015  12:00am at Tremont area of GSMNP
    Great Smoky Mountains Scavenger Hunt: Spend Saturday scouring the National Park for answers to the hunt questions. This family-friendly event puts your Smokies knowledge to the test with questions from the minds of Tremont naturalists. Takes place a the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont.
     

November 2014 Events in the Great Smoky Mountains Natl Park

  • Sunday November 30, 2014  10:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Sorghum Molasses Making Demonstration: Learn how sweet sorghum molassess is made and how it was used from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill Area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday November 29, 2014  10:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Sorghum Molasses Making Demonstration: Learn how sweet sorghum molassess is made and how it was used from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill Area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Friday November 28, 2014  10:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Sorghum Molasses Making Demonstration: Learn how sweet sorghum molassess is made and how it was used from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill Area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday November 23, 2014  10:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Sorghum Molasses Making Demonstration: Learn how sweet sorghum molassess is made and how it was used from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill Area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday November 22, 2014  10:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Sorghum Molasses Making Demonstration: Learn how sweet sorghum molassess is made and how it was used from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill Area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Friday November 21, 2014  10:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Sorghum Molasses Making Demonstration: Learn how sweet sorghum molassess is made and how it was used from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill Area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday November 16, 2014  10:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Sorghum Molasses Making Demonstration: Learn how sweet sorghum molassess is made and how it was used from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill Area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday November 15, 2014  10:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Sorghum Molasses Making Demonstration: Learn how sweet sorghum molassess is made and how it was used from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill Area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Friday November 14, 2014  10:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Sorghum Molasses Making Demonstration: Learn how sweet sorghum molassess is made and how it was used from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill Area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Tuesday November 11, 2014  10:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Sorghum Molasses Making Demonstration: Learn how sweet sorghum molassess is made and how it was used from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill Area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Monday November 10, 2014  10:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Sorghum Molasses Making Demonstration: Learn how sweet sorghum molassess is made and how it was used from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill Area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday November 09, 2014  10:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Sorghum Molasses Making Demonstration: Learn how sweet sorghum molassess is made and how it was used from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill Area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday November 01, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program in Cades Cove: Join a Park Ranger for a hands-on exploration of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Participation counts towards credit for earning a Junior Ranger badge and certificate however everyone will learn and have fun while doing so from 1:00 to 1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday November 01, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    WILD by Design: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     

October 2014 Events in the Great Smoky Mountains Natl Park

  • Friday October 31, 2014  8:00pm at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Indians, Bushwhackers, and Conscripts: Civil War in the Smokies Gather round under the stars and learn about how the Civil War divided people in the Smoky Mountains and how it affected their daily lives before and after the war at the Elkmont Campground Amphitheatre from 8:00 to 8:45pm.
     
  • Thursday October 30, 2014  6:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Twilight in the Forest: Enjoy a twilight walk in the woods with a ranger and learn about the critters in the Smokies that are comfortable in darkness than they are in the light of day. From 6-7:30pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Wednesday October 29, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Wilderness Wednesday Talk: The Wilderness Act signed by President Lyndon Johnson is 50 now years old! Learn why and how wilderness areas are created, along with some of the history surrounding the passage of this important legislation from 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday October 28, 2014  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    School Days at Little Greenbrier: Take a trip back in time and learn what it was like to live in a community in the Smoky Mountains and attend school in a one-room schoolhouse. This program is conducted by someone who intimately knows firsthand the people who inhabited this part of the park. This program is fun for all ages, but space is limited so please arrive 15 minutes before program starts. Takes place from 11-noon and 2-3pm in the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area.
     
  • Tuesday October 28, 2014  4:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 4:30-6:30pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Monday October 27, 2014  2:30pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Selu: The Legacy of the Corn Mother No matter what form it took such as Hoe cakes, hominy, mush, cornbread, hush puppies, or white lightning, corn played an important role in history of the Great Smoky Mountains. Come learn about this versatile plant and what it meant to the Cherokee and Europeans that settled in the Smokies. Sugarlands Visitor Center from 2:30 to 3:15pm.
     
  • Sunday October 26, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program in Cades Cove: Join a Park Ranger for a hands-on exploration of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Participation counts towards credit for earning a Junior Ranger badge and certificate however everyone will learn and have fun while doing so from 1:00 to 1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday October 26, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Longing for the "Good Ol’ Days" Take a walk from 2-2:45 pm with a ranger to learn what life was like on a real Appalachian mountain farm. Meet at the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Sunday October 26, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    WILD by Design: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday October 26, 2014  5:30pm at Cataloochee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk Cataloochee is the best place to see our reintroduced elk herd. Come to the yellow Palmer House in Cataloochee Valley from 5:30-6:15pm to learn about the history of the elk through “show and tell” activities and then watch the elk come into in the fields!
     
  • Saturday October 25, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program in Cades Cove: Join a Park Ranger for a hands-on exploration of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Participation counts towards credit for earning a Junior Ranger badge and certificate however everyone will learn and have fun while doing so from 1:00 to 1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday October 25, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    WILD by Design: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Friday October 24, 2014  8:00pm at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Indians, Bushwhackers, and Conscripts: Civil War in the Smokies Gather round under the stars and learn about how the Civil War divided people in the Smoky Mountains and how it affected their daily lives before and after the war at the Elkmont Campground Amphitheatre from 8:00 to 8:45pm.
     
  • Thursday October 23, 2014  6:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Twilight in the Forest: Enjoy a twilight walk in the woods with a ranger and learn about the critters in the Smokies that are comfortable in darkness than they are in the light of day. From 6-7:30pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Wednesday October 22, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Wilderness Wednesday Talk: The Wilderness Act signed by President Lyndon Johnson is 50 now years old! Learn why and how wilderness areas are created, along with some of the history surrounding the passage of this important legislation from 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday October 21, 2014  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    School Days at Little Greenbrier: Take a trip back in time and learn what it was like to live in a community in the Smoky Mountains and attend school in a one-room schoolhouse. This program is conducted by someone who intimately knows firsthand the people who inhabited this part of the park. This program is fun for all ages, but space is limited so please arrive 15 minutes before program starts. Takes place from 11-noon and 2-3pm in the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area.
     
  • Tuesday October 21, 2014  4:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 4:30-6:30pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Monday October 20, 2014  2:30pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Selu: The Legacy of the Corn Mother No matter what form it took such as Hoe cakes, hominy, mush, cornbread, hush puppies, or white lightning, corn played an important role in history of the Great Smoky Mountains. Come learn about this versatile plant and what it meant to the Cherokee and Europeans that settled in the Smokies. Sugarlands Visitor Center from 2:30 to 3:15pm.
     
  • Sunday October 19, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program in Cades Cove: Join a Park Ranger for a hands-on exploration of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Participation counts towards credit for earning a Junior Ranger badge and certificate however everyone will learn and have fun while doing so from 1:00 to 1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday October 19, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Longing for the "Good Ol’ Days" Take a walk from 2-2:45 pm with a ranger to learn what life was like on a real Appalachian mountain farm. Meet at the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Sunday October 19, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    WILD by Design: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday October 19, 2014  5:30pm at Cataloochee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk Cataloochee is the best place to see our reintroduced elk herd. Come to the yellow Palmer House in Cataloochee Valley from 5:30-6:15pm to learn about the history of the elk through “show and tell” activities and then watch the elk come into in the fields!
     
  • Saturday October 18, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program in Cades Cove: Join a Park Ranger for a hands-on exploration of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Participation counts towards credit for earning a Junior Ranger badge and certificate however everyone will learn and have fun while doing so from 1:00 to 1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday October 18, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    WILD by Design: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Friday October 17, 2014  8:00pm at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Indians, Bushwhackers, and Conscripts: Civil War in the Smokies Gather round under the stars and learn about how the Civil War divided people in the Smoky Mountains and how it affected their daily lives before and after the war at the Elkmont Campground Amphitheatre from 8:00 to 8:45pm.
     
  • Thursday October 16, 2014  6:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Twilight in the Forest: Enjoy a twilight walk in the woods with a ranger and learn about the critters in the Smokies that are comfortable in darkness than they are in the light of day. From 6-7:30pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Wednesday October 15, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Wilderness Wednesday Talk: The Wilderness Act signed by President Lyndon Johnson is 50 now years old! Learn why and how wilderness areas are created, along with some of the history surrounding the passage of this important legislation from 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday October 14, 2014  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    School Days at Little Greenbrier: Take a trip back in time and learn what it was like to live in a community in the Smoky Mountains and attend school in a one-room schoolhouse. This program is conducted by someone who intimately knows firsthand the people who inhabited this part of the park. This program is fun for all ages, but space is limited so please arrive 15 minutes before program starts. Takes place from 11-noon and 2-3pm in the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area.
     
  • Tuesday October 14, 2014  4:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 4:30-6:30pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Monday October 13, 2014  2:30pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Selu: The Legacy of the Corn Mother No matter what form it took such as Hoe cakes, hominy, mush, cornbread, hush puppies, or white lightning, corn played an important role in history of the Great Smoky Mountains. Come learn about this versatile plant and what it meant to the Cherokee and Europeans that settled in the Smokies. Sugarlands Visitor Center from 2:30 to 3:15pm.
     
  • Sunday October 12, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program in Cades Cove: Join a Park Ranger for a hands-on exploration of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Participation counts towards credit for earning a Junior Ranger badge and certificate however everyone will learn and have fun while doing so from 1:00 to 1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday October 12, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Longing for the "Good Ol’ Days" Take a walk from 2-2:45 pm with a ranger to learn what life was like on a real Appalachian mountain farm. Meet at the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Sunday October 12, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    WILD by Design: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday October 12, 2014  5:30pm at Cataloochee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk Cataloochee is the best place to see our reintroduced elk herd. Come to the yellow Palmer House in Cataloochee Valley from 5:30-6:15pm to learn about the history of the elk through “show and tell” activities and then watch the elk come into in the fields!
     
  • Saturday October 11, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program in Cades Cove: Join a Park Ranger for a hands-on exploration of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Participation counts towards credit for earning a Junior Ranger badge and certificate however everyone will learn and have fun while doing so from 1:00 to 1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday October 11, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    WILD by Design: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Friday October 10, 2014  8:00pm at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Indians, Bushwhackers, and Conscripts: Civil War in the Smokies Gather round under the stars and learn about how the Civil War divided people in the Smoky Mountains and how it affected their daily lives before and after the war at the Elkmont Campground Amphitheatre from 8:00 to 8:45pm.
     
  • Thursday October 09, 2014  6:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Twilight in the Forest: Enjoy a twilight walk in the woods with a ranger and learn about the critters in the Smokies that are comfortable in darkness than they are in the light of day. From 6-7:30pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Wednesday October 08, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Wilderness Wednesday Talk: The Wilderness Act signed by President Lyndon Johnson is 50 now years old! Learn why and how wilderness areas are created, along with some of the history surrounding the passage of this important legislation from 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday October 07, 2014  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    School Days at Little Greenbrier: Take a trip back in time and learn what it was like to live in a community in the Smoky Mountains and attend school in a one-room schoolhouse. This program is conducted by someone who intimately knows firsthand the people who inhabited this part of the park. This program is fun for all ages, but space is limited so please arrive 15 minutes before program starts. Takes place from 11-noon and 2-3pm in the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area.
     
  • Tuesday October 07, 2014  4:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 4:30-6:30pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Monday October 06, 2014  2:30pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Selu: The Legacy of the Corn Mother No matter what form it took such as Hoe cakes, hominy, mush, cornbread, hush puppies, or white lightning, corn played an important role in history of the Great Smoky Mountains. Come learn about this versatile plant and what it meant to the Cherokee and Europeans that settled in the Smokies. Sugarlands Visitor Center from 2:30 to 3:15pm.
     
  • Sunday October 05, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program in Cades Cove: Join a Park Ranger for a hands-on exploration of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Participation counts towards credit for earning a Junior Ranger badge and certificate however everyone will learn and have fun while doing so from 1:00 to 1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday October 05, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Longing for the "Good Ol’ Days" Take a walk from 2-2:45 pm with a ranger to learn what life was like on a real Appalachian mountain farm. Meet at the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Sunday October 05, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    WILD by Design: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday October 05, 2014  5:30pm at Cataloochee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk Cataloochee is the best place to see our reintroduced elk herd. Come to the yellow Palmer House in Cataloochee Valley from 5:30-6:15pm to learn about the history of the elk through “show and tell” activities and then watch the elk come into in the fields!
     
  • Saturday October 04, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program in Cades Cove: Join a Park Ranger for a hands-on exploration of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Participation counts towards credit for earning a Junior Ranger badge and certificate however everyone will learn and have fun while doing so from 1:00 to 1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday October 04, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    WILD by Design: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Friday October 03, 2014  8:00pm at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Indians, Bushwhackers, and Conscripts: Civil War in the Smokies Gather round under the stars and learn about how the Civil War divided people in the Smoky Mountains and how it affected their daily lives before and after the war at the Elkmont Campground Amphitheatre from 8:00 to 8:45pm.
     
  • Thursday October 02, 2014  6:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Twilight in the Forest: Enjoy a twilight walk in the woods with a ranger and learn about the critters in the Smokies that are comfortable in darkness than they are in the light of day. From 6-7:30pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Wednesday October 01, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Wilderness Wednesday Talk: The Wilderness Act signed by President Lyndon Johnson is 50 now years old! Learn why and how wilderness areas are created, along with some of the history surrounding the passage of this important legislation from 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     

September 2014 Events in the Great Smoky Mountains Natl Park

  • Tuesday September 30, 2014  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    School Days at Little Greenbrier: Take a trip back in time and learn what it was like to live in a community in the Smoky Mountains and attend school in a one-room schoolhouse. This program is conducted by someone who intimately knows firsthand the people who inhabited this part of the park. This program is fun for all ages, but space is limited so please arrive 15 minutes before program starts. Takes place from 11-noon and 2-3pm in the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area.
     
  • Tuesday September 30, 2014  4:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 4:30-6:30pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Monday September 29, 2014  2:30pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Selu: The Legacy of the Corn Mother No matter what form it took such as Hoe cakes, hominy, mush, cornbread, hush puppies, or white lightning, corn played an important role in history of the Great Smoky Mountains. Come learn about this versatile plant and what it meant to the Cherokee and Europeans that settled in the Smokies. Sugarlands Visitor Center from 2:30 to 3:15pm.
     
  • Sunday September 28, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program in Cades Cove: Join a Park Ranger for a hands-on exploration of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Participation counts towards credit for earning a Junior Ranger badge and certificate however everyone will learn and have fun while doing so from 1:00 to 1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday September 28, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Longing for the "Good Ol’ Days" Take a walk from 2-2:45 pm with a ranger to learn what life was like on a real Appalachian mountain farm. Meet at the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Sunday September 28, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    WILD by Design: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday September 28, 2014  5:30pm at Cataloochee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk Cataloochee is the best place to see our reintroduced elk herd. Come to the yellow Palmer House in Cataloochee Valley from 5:30-6:15pm to learn about the history of the elk through “show and tell” activities and then watch the elk come into in the fields!
     
  • Saturday September 27, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program in Cades Cove: Join a Park Ranger for a hands-on exploration of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Participation counts towards credit for earning a Junior Ranger badge and certificate however everyone will learn and have fun while doing so from 1:00 to 1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday September 27, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    WILD by Design: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday September 27, 2014  7:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Stargazing at Cades Cove: Join a Great Smoky Mountains National park ranger and people from the Smoky Mountains Astronomical Society to learn about stars and galaxies in one of the best locations to see the night sky – in Cades Cove! There will be numerous telescopes available for everyone to view the night sky. Weather Permitting. Takes place from 7:30pm until 10:00pm. Meet at the Cades Cove Orientation Shelter.
     
  • Friday September 26, 2014  8:00pm at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Indians, Bushwhackers, and Conscripts: Civil War in the Smokies Gather round under the stars and learn about how the Civil War divided people in the Smoky Mountains and how it affected their daily lives before and after the war at the Elkmont Campground Amphitheatre from 8:00 to 8:45pm.
     
  • Thursday September 25, 2014  7:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Twilight in the Forest: Enjoy a twilight walk in the woods with a ranger and learn about the critters in the Smokies that are comfortable in darkness than they are in the light of day. From 7-8:30pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Wednesday September 24, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Wilderness Wednesday Talk: The Wilderness Act signed by President Lyndon Johnson is 50 now years old! Learn why and how wilderness areas are created, along with some of the history surrounding the passage of this important legislation from 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday September 23, 2014  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    School Days at Little Greenbrier: Take a trip back in time and learn what it was like to live in a community in the Smoky Mountains and attend school in a one-room schoolhouse. This program is conducted by someone who intimately knows firsthand the people who inhabited this part of the park. This program is fun for all ages, but space is limited so please arrive 15 minutes before program starts. Takes place from 11-noon and 2-3pm in the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area.
     
  • Tuesday September 23, 2014  4:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 4:30-6:30pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Monday September 22, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Thinking Like a Bear: Learn from a ranger how the National Park Service manages wildlife such as black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains from 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Monday September 22, 2014  2:30pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Selu: The Legacy of the Corn Mother No matter what form it took such as Hoe cakes, hominy, mush, cornbread, hush puppies, or white lightning, corn played an important role in history of the Great Smoky Mountains. Come learn about this versatile plant and what it meant to the Cherokee and Europeans that settled in the Smokies. Sugarlands Visitor Center from 2:30 to 3:15pm.
     
  • Sunday September 21, 2014  12:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Longing for the "Good Ol’ Days" Take a walk from 2-2:45 pm with a ranger to learn what life was like on a real Appalachian mountain farm. Meet at the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Sunday September 21, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program in Cades Cove: Join a Park Ranger for a hands-on exploration of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Participation counts towards credit for earning a Junior Ranger badge and certificate however everyone will learn and have fun while doing so from 1:00 to 1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday September 21, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    WILD by Design: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday September 21, 2014  5:30pm at Cataloochee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk Cataloochee is the best place to see our reintroduced elk herd. Come to the yellow Palmer House in Cataloochee Valley from 5:30-6:15pm to learn about the history of the elk through “show and tell” activities and then watch the elk come into in the fields!
     
  • Saturday September 20, 2014  1:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Back Porch Old Time Music: Join us on the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Back Porch from 1-3pm for a musical jam session. All levels of playing are welcome and audience members are encouraged to tap their feet!
     
  • Monday September 15, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Thinking Like a Bear: Learn from a ranger how the National Park Service manages wildlife such as black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains from 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Sunday September 14, 2014  10:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Blacksmith Demonstration: Being able to repair broken metal objects or making new ones was an important skill to have back in the day. See a live Blacksmithing presentation and actual metal working at the Blacksmith building near the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area at the back end of the Cades Cove Loop from 10am-4pm.
     
  • Sunday September 14, 2014  10:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Sorghum Molasses Making Demonstration: Learn how sweet sorghum molassess is made and how it was used from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill Area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday September 13, 2014  12:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Rughooking Demonstration: Watch and learn the techniques of rughooking. This program is accessible to persons using wheelchairs. Taking place at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area halfway around the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday September 13, 2014  10:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Blacksmith Demonstration: Being able to repair broken metal objects or making new ones was an important skill to have back in the day. See a live Blacksmithing presentation and actual metal working at the Blacksmith building near the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area at the back end of the Cades Cove Loop from 10am-4pm.
     
  • Saturday September 13, 2014  10:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Aliens Among Us: Do Coyotes belong in the Great Smoky Mountains? And do all the lady beetles? What’s killing so many of our trees? How did it get here? Join a ranger and uncover the mysteries of aliens both wanted and unwanted here in the Smokies from 10-10:45am at the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday September 13, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Saturday September 13, 2014  11:30am at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Old Town of Elkmont Stroll through teh old town of Elkmont with a ranger from 11:30-1pm and learn about it when it was a turn-of-the-century logging boom town. Meet behind Elkmont Campground Entrance Station.
     
  • Saturday September 13, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Animal Olympics Compares your abilities to the animals that live in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in this interactive and fun activity taking place at 1-1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday September 13, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Lost and Gone Forever What if there were no more birds? Well, it happened 100 years ago to one species, the Passenger Pigeon, when the last one died in a zoo. Find out what lessons we can learn from the passing of the Passenger Pigeon which was an important part of the ecology of the Great Smoky Mountains from 1:00 to 1:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday September 13, 2014  3:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Bear-mania! Do you want to know a lot about black bears which is the symbol of the Smokies? Learn from a ranger about them from 3-3:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday September 13, 2014  4:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 4:30-6:30pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Saturday September 13, 2014  6:30pm at Smokemont area of GSMNP
    Once upon a time: Come discover the real world of the American black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains. Find out what myths and legends are the truth or are pure fiction. Meet at the Smokemont Campground between C-Loop and D-Loop 6:30-7:30pm.
     
  • Saturday September 13, 2014  8:00pm at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    The Tree Army The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was responsible for building trails, planting trees, raising fish, controlling fires, and developing facilities such as campgrounds and picnic areas in the Great Smoky Mountains national park. Join a Park Ranger to learn about the legacy of the CCC in the Great Smoky Mountains national park and beyond. 8:00-8:45pm at the Elkmont Amphitheater in the Campgrounds.
     
  • Friday September 12, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Friday September 12, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk Learn about the Great Smoky Mountains National Parks North American elk and discover the best places in the park to see and hear them from 2-2:30pm at the Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Friday September 12, 2014  8:00pm at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Legends of the Cherokee: Join a ranger for a nighttime introduction into Cherokee history, lore, and rituals between 8:00pm to 8:45pm at the Elkmont Campground Amphitheater.
     
  • Thursday September 11, 2014  9:00am at Mount LeConte area of GSMNP
    Hike to Alum Cave Bluff: Interesting geology, old-growth trees, and panoramic views await you while joining a park ranger on one of the most diverse hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains taking place from 9am to Noon. Meet at the Alum Cave Bluff Trailhead on Newfound Gap Road.
     
  • Thursday September 11, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Thursday September 11, 2014  1:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    The "What Is It?" walk! We all ask What is it? many times when we are in the Great Smoky Mountains. The mountain farm museum in Oconaluftee has many items that leave us with questions than answers, but now you can join a park ranger to learn just what it is! Oconaluftee Visitor Center from Noon-12:45pm
     
  • Thursday September 11, 2014  4:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 4:30-6:30pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Wednesday September 10, 2014  11:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Can you guess? Do you want to know what wears a fur coat, is about the size of a breadbox, greets with nose kisses, but has never been to the North Pole? Come join Great Smoky Mountains park staff to find out the very surprising answer! Meet at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch 11-11:45am.
     
  • Wednesday September 10, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Wednesday September 10, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Wilderness Wednesday Talk: The Wilderness Act signed by President Lyndon Johnson is 50 now years old! Learn why and how wilderness areas are created, along with some of the history surrounding the passage of this important legislation from 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Wednesday September 10, 2014  8:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    A Waterfall by Lantern Light: See The Great Smoky Mountains national parks famous Cataract Falls in a whole new way, with a ranger on a lantern-lit night stroll through the old Forks of the River community. Limited to 25 people and reservations are required by signing up at the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Takes place 8:15-9:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday September 09, 2014  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    School Days at Little Greenbrier: Take a trip back in time and learn what it was like to live in a community in the Smoky Mountains and attend school in a one-room schoolhouse. This program is conducted by someone who intimately knows firsthand the people who inhabited this part of the park. This program is fun for all ages, but space is limited so please arrive 15 minutes before program starts. Takes place from 11-noon in the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area.
     
  • Tuesday September 09, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Tuesday September 09, 2014  12:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Eeek! Bats! Eeek! Bats! Do bats really suck blood? Do they really get caught in your hair? Are they a friend or foe? Let the ranger tell you the truth about these amazing creatures and the silent enemy among them. Meet on the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center from Noon-12:45pm
     
  • Tuesday September 09, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    So You Want To Be A Park Ranger? What does a park ranger do in the Great Smoky Mountains? How do you become one? Join a ranger to get these and other questions answered about this exciting and rewarding job. From 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday September 09, 2014  4:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 4:30-6:30pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Tuesday September 09, 2014  8:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Full Moon Hike: See Cades Cove a whole new way as an easy 2 mile hike at night under the stars and with a full moon! Meet at the Orientation Shelter at the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop Road for a walk that goes from 8:30-10:30pm. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.
     
  • Monday September 08, 2014  11:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Mill Tour: Join a ranger for walk around the historic structures at he Cable Mill and sorounding area and learn about their function in the Cades Cove community. from 11:30am to Noon and from 12:30 to 1pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Monday September 08, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Monday September 08, 2014  12:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Longing for the "Good Ol’ Days" Take a walk from 12-12:45 pm with a ranger to learn what life was like on a real Appalachian mountain farm. Meet at the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Monday September 08, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Thinking Like a Bear: Learn from a ranger how the National Park Service manages wildlife such as black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains from 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Sunday September 07, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Sunday September 07, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Work and Play Experience what it was like to work on a farm in Cades Cove and work as a family to get chores done from 1:00 to 2:00pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday September 07, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Welcome Home! North American Elk have returned to the Smokies after more than century of being gone. Relax, have a seat on the visitor center porch and hear the story about the return of the largest animal in the Great Smoky Mountains. From 2:00 to 2:45pm on the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Sunday September 07, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Songs and Stories of the Smokies: There are long traditions in the Great Smoky Mountains that are captured in songs and stories. Join a ranger in an old-fashioned sing along and listen to some stories that connect us all to the natural world around us in the Smokies. From 2:00 to 2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Sunday September 07, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    WILD by Design: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday September 07, 2014  5:30pm at Cataloochee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk Cataloochee is the best place to see our reintroduced elk herd. Come to the yellow Palmer House in Cataloochee Valley from 5:30-6:15pm to learn about the history of the elk through “show and tell” activities and then watch the elk come into in the fields!
     
  • Saturday September 06, 2014  10:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Aliens Among Us: Do Coyotes belong in the Great Smoky Mountains? And do all the lady beetles? What’s killing so many of our trees? How did it get here? Join a ranger and uncover the mysteries of aliens both wanted and unwanted here in the Smokies from 10-10:45am at the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday September 06, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Saturday September 06, 2014  11:30am at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Old Town of Elkmont Stroll through teh old town of Elkmont with a ranger from 11:30-1pm and learn about it when it was a turn-of-the-century logging boom town. Meet behind Elkmont Campground Entrance Station.
     
  • Saturday September 06, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Animal Olympics Compares your abilities to the animals that live in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in this interactive and fun activity taking place at 1-1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday September 06, 2014  1:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Back Porch Old Time Music: Join us on the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Back Porch from 1-3pm for a musical jam session. All levels of playing are welcome and audience members are encouraged to tap their feet!
     
  • Saturday September 06, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Lost and Gone Forever What if there were no more birds? Well, it happened 100 years ago to one species, the Passenger Pigeon, when the last one died in a zoo. Find out what lessons we can learn from the passing of the Passenger Pigeon which was an important part of the ecology of the Great Smoky Mountains from 1:00 to 1:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday September 06, 2014  3:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Bear-mania! Do you want to know a lot about black bears which is the symbol of the Smokies? Learn from a ranger about them from 3-3:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday September 06, 2014  4:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 4:30-6:30pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Saturday September 06, 2014  6:30pm at Smokemont area of GSMNP
    Once upon a time: Come discover the real world of the American black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains. Find out what myths and legends are the truth or are pure fiction. Meet at the Smokemont Campground between C-Loop and D-Loop 6:30-7:30pm.
     
  • Saturday September 06, 2014  8:00pm at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    The Tree Army The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was responsible for building trails, planting trees, raising fish, controlling fires, and developing facilities such as campgrounds and picnic areas in the Great Smoky Mountains national park. Join a Park Ranger to learn about the legacy of the CCC in the Great Smoky Mountains national park and beyond. 8:00-8:45pm at the Elkmont Amphitheater in the Campgrounds.
     
  • Friday September 05, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Friday September 05, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk Learn about the Great Smoky Mountains National Parks North American elk and discover the best places in the park to see and hear them from 2-2:30pm at the Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Friday September 05, 2014  8:00pm at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Legends of the Cherokee: Join a ranger for a nighttime introduction into Cherokee history, lore, and rituals between 8:00pm to 8:45pm at the Elkmont Campground Amphitheater.
     
  • Thursday September 04, 2014  9:00am at Mount LeConte area of GSMNP
    Hike to Alum Cave Bluff: Interesting geology, old-growth trees, and panoramic views await you while joining a park ranger on one of the most diverse hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains taking place from 9am to Noon. Meet at the Alum Cave Bluff Trailhead on Newfound Gap Road.
     
  • Thursday September 04, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Thursday September 04, 2014  1:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    The "What Is It?" walk! We all ask What is it? many times when we are in the Great Smoky Mountains. The mountain farm museum in Oconaluftee has many items that leave us with questions than answers, but now you can join a park ranger to learn just what it is! Oconaluftee Visitor Center from Noon-12:45pm
     
  • Thursday September 04, 2014  4:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 4:30-6:30pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Wednesday September 03, 2014  11:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Can you guess? Do you want to know what wears a fur coat, is about the size of a breadbox, greets with nose kisses, but has never been to the North Pole? Come join Great Smoky Mountains park staff to find out the very surprising answer! Meet at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch 11-11:45am.
     
  • Wednesday September 03, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Wednesday September 03, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Wilderness Wednesday Talk: The Wilderness Act signed by President Lyndon Johnson is 50 now years old! Learn why and how wilderness areas are created, along with some of the history surrounding the passage of this important legislation from 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Wednesday September 03, 2014  8:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    A Waterfall by Lantern Light: See The Great Smoky Mountains national parks famous Cataract Falls in a whole new way, with a ranger on a lantern-lit night stroll through the old Forks of the River community. Limited to 25 people and reservations are required by signing up at the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Takes place 8:15-9:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday September 02, 2014  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    School Days at Little Greenbrier: Take a trip back in time and learn what it was like to live in a community in the Smoky Mountains and attend school in a one-room schoolhouse. This program is conducted by someone who intimately knows firsthand the people who inhabited this part of the park. This program is fun for all ages, but space is limited so please arrive 15 minutes before program starts. Takes place from 11-noon in the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area.
     
  • Tuesday September 02, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Tuesday September 02, 2014  12:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Eeek! Bats! Eeek! Bats! Do bats really suck blood? Do they really get caught in your hair? Are they a friend or foe? Let the ranger tell you the truth about these amazing creatures and the silent enemy among them. Meet on the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center from Noon-12:45pm
     
  • Tuesday September 02, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    So You Want To Be A Park Ranger? What does a park ranger do in the Great Smoky Mountains? How do you become one? Join a ranger to get these and other questions answered about this exciting and rewarding job. From 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday September 02, 2014  4:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 4:30-6:30pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Monday September 01, 2014  11:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Mill Tour: Join a ranger for walk around the historic structures at he Cable Mill and sorounding area and learn about their function in the Cades Cove community. from 11:30am to Noon and from 12:30 to 1pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Monday September 01, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Monday September 01, 2014  12:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Longing for the "Good Ol’ Days" Take a walk from 12-12:45 pm with a ranger to learn what life was like on a real Appalachian mountain farm. Meet at the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Monday September 01, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Thinking Like a Bear: Learn from a ranger how the National Park Service manages wildlife such as black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains from 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     

August 2014 Events in the Great Smoky Mountains Natl Park

  • Sunday August 31, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Sunday August 31, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Work and Play Experience what it was like to work on a farm in Cades Cove and work as a family to get chores done from 1:00 to 2:00pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday August 31, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Welcome Home! North American Elk have returned to the Smokies after more than century of being gone. Relax, have a seat on the visitor center porch and hear the story about the return of the largest animal in the Great Smoky Mountains. From 2:00 to 2:45pm on the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Sunday August 31, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Songs and Stories of the Smokies: There are long traditions in the Great Smoky Mountains that are captured in songs and stories. Join a ranger in an old-fashioned sing along and listen to some stories that connect us all to the natural world around us in the Smokies. From 2:00 to 2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Sunday August 31, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    WILD by Design: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday August 31, 2014  5:30pm at Cataloochee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk Cataloochee is the best place to see our reintroduced elk herd. Come to the yellow Palmer House in Cataloochee Valley from 5:30-6:15pm to learn about the history of the elk through “show and tell” activities and then watch the elk come into in the fields!
     
  • Saturday August 30, 2014  10:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Aliens Among Us: Do Coyotes belong in the Great Smoky Mountains? And do all the lady beetles? What’s killing so many of our trees? How did it get here? Join a ranger and uncover the mysteries of aliens both wanted and unwanted here in the Smokies from 10-10:45am at the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday August 30, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Saturday August 30, 2014  11:30am at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Old Town of Elkmont Stroll through teh old town of Elkmont with a ranger from 11:30-1pm and learn about it when it was a turn-of-the-century logging boom town. Meet behind Elkmont Campground Entrance Station.
     
  • Saturday August 30, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Animal Olympics Compares your abilities to the animals that live in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in this interactive and fun activity taking place at 1-1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday August 30, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Lost and Gone Forever What if there were no more birds? Well, it happened 100 years ago to one species, the Passenger Pigeon, when the last one died in a zoo. Find out what lessons we can learn from the passing of the Passenger Pigeon which was an important part of the ecology of the Great Smoky Mountains from 1:00 to 1:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday August 30, 2014  3:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Bear-mania! Do you want to know a lot about black bears which is the symbol of the Smokies? Learn from a ranger about them from 3-3:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday August 30, 2014  4:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 4:30-6:30pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Saturday August 30, 2014  6:30pm at Smokemont area of GSMNP
    Once upon a time: Come discover the real world of the American black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains. Find out what myths and legends are the truth or are pure fiction. Meet at the Smokemont Campground between C-Loop and D-Loop 6:30-7:30pm.
     
  • Saturday August 30, 2014  8:00pm at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    The Tree Army The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was responsible for building trails, planting trees, raising fish, controlling fires, and developing facilities such as campgrounds and picnic areas in the Great Smoky Mountains national park. Join a Park Ranger to learn about the legacy of the CCC in the Great Smoky Mountains national park and beyond. 8:00-8:45pm at the Elkmont Amphitheater in the Campgrounds.
     
  • Friday August 29, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Friday August 29, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk Learn about the Great Smoky Mountains National Parks North American elk and discover the best places in the park to see and hear them from 2-2:30pm at the Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Friday August 29, 2014  8:00pm at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Legends of the Cherokee: Join a ranger for a nighttime introduction into Cherokee history, lore, and rituals between 8:00pm to 8:45pm at the Elkmont Campground Amphitheater.
     
  • Thursday August 28, 2014  9:00am at Mount LeConte area of GSMNP
    Hike to Alum Cave Bluff: Interesting geology, old-growth trees, and panoramic views await you while joining a park ranger on one of the most diverse hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains taking place from 9am to Noon. Meet at the Alum Cave Bluff Trailhead on Newfound Gap Road.
     
  • Thursday August 28, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Thursday August 28, 2014  1:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    The "What Is It?" walk! We all ask What is it? many times when we are in the Great Smoky Mountains. The mountain farm museum in Oconaluftee has many items that leave us with questions than answers, but now you can join a park ranger to learn just what it is! Oconaluftee Visitor Center from Noon-12:45pm
     
  • Thursday August 28, 2014  4:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 4:30-6:30pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Wednesday August 27, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Toymaking Demonstration: Designing and making simple toys from wood added some fun to the life of children from Cades Cove, so what they made and how they did it from 10:30am-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Wednesday August 27, 2014  11:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Can you guess? Do you want to know what wears a fur coat, is about the size of a breadbox, greets with nose kisses, but has never been to the North Pole? Come join Great Smoky Mountains park staff to find out the very surprising answer! Meet at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch 11-11:45am.
     
  • Wednesday August 27, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Wednesday August 27, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Wilderness Wednesday Talk: The Wilderness Act signed by President Lyndon Johnson is 50 now years old! Learn why and how wilderness areas are created, along with some of the history surrounding the passage of this important legislation from 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Wednesday August 27, 2014  8:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    A Waterfall by Lantern Light: See The Great Smoky Mountains national parks famous Cataract Falls in a whole new way, with a ranger on a lantern-lit night stroll through the old Forks of the River community. Limited to 25 people and reservations are required by signing up at the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Takes place 8:15-9:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday August 26, 2014  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    School Days at Little Greenbrier: Take a trip back in time and learn what it was like to live in a community in the Smoky Mountains and attend school in a one-room schoolhouse. This program is conducted by someone who intimately knows firsthand the people who inhabited this part of the park. This program is fun for all ages, but space is limited so please arrive 15 minutes before program starts. Takes place from 11-noon in the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area.
     
  • Tuesday August 26, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Tuesday August 26, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    So You Want To Be A Park Ranger? What does a park ranger do in the Great Smoky Mountains? How do you become one? Join a ranger to get these and other questions answered about this exciting and rewarding job. From 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday August 26, 2014  4:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 4:30-6:30pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Monday August 25, 2014  11:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Mill Tour: Join a ranger for walk around the historic structures at he Cable Mill and sorounding area and learn about their function in the Cades Cove community. from 11:30am to Noon and from 12:30 to 1pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Monday August 25, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Monday August 25, 2014  12:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Longing for the "Good Ol’ Days" Take a walk from 12-12:45 pm with a ranger to learn what life was like on a real Appalachian mountain farm. Meet at the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Monday August 25, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Thinking Like a Bear: Learn from a ranger how the National Park Service manages wildlife such as black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains from 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Sunday August 24, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Sunday August 24, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Work and Play Experience what it was like to work on a farm in Cades Cove and work as a family to get chores done from 1:00 to 2:00pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday August 24, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    The Echoes of their Wings: Explore the Life and Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon with naturalist Joel Greenberg, author of the book, "A Feathered River Across the Sky," as he explores the story of what was at one time the most abundant bird in North America. Taking place from 1:00 to 3:00pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Sunday August 24, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Welcome Home! North American Elk have returned to the Smokies after more than century of being gone. Relax, have a seat on the visitor center porch and hear the story about the return of the largest animal in the Great Smoky Mountains. From 2:00 to 2:45pm on the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Sunday August 24, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    WILD by Design: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday August 24, 2014  5:30pm at Cataloochee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk Cataloochee is the best place to see our reintroduced elk herd. Come to the yellow Palmer House in Cataloochee Valley from 5:30-6:15pm to learn about the history of the elk through “show and tell” activities and then watch the elk come into in the fields!
     
  • Saturday August 23, 2014  10:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Aliens Among Us: Do Coyotes belong in the Great Smoky Mountains? And do all the lady beetles? What’s killing so many of our trees? How did it get here? Join a ranger and uncover the mysteries of aliens both wanted and unwanted here in the Smokies from 10-10:45am at the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday August 23, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Saturday August 23, 2014  11:30am at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Old Town of Elkmont Stroll through teh old town of Elkmont with a ranger from 11:30-1pm and learn about it when it was a turn-of-the-century logging boom town. Meet behind Elkmont Campground Entrance Station.
     
  • Saturday August 23, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Animal Olympics Compares your abilities to the animals that live in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in this interactive and fun activity taking place at 1-1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday August 23, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Lost and Gone Forever What if there were no more birds? Well, it happened 100 years ago to one species, the Passenger Pigeon, when the last one died in a zoo. Find out what lessons we can learn from the passing of the Passenger Pigeon which was an important part of the ecology of the Great Smoky Mountains from 1:00 to 1:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday August 23, 2014  3:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Bear-mania! Do you want to know a lot about black bears which is the symbol of the Smokies? Learn from a ranger about them from 3-3:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday August 23, 2014  4:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 4:30-6:30pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Saturday August 23, 2014  6:30pm at Smokemont area of GSMNP
    Once upon a time: Come discover the real world of the American black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains. Find out what myths and legends are the truth or are pure fiction. Meet at the Smokemont Campground between C-Loop and D-Loop 6:30-7:30pm.
     
  • Saturday August 23, 2014  8:00pm at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    The Tree Army The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was responsible for building trails, planting trees, raising fish, controlling fires, and developing facilities such as campgrounds and picnic areas in the Great Smoky Mountains national park. Join a Park Ranger to learn about the legacy of the CCC in the Great Smoky Mountains national park and beyond. 8:00-8:45pm at the Elkmont Amphitheater in the Campgrounds.
     
  • Friday August 22, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Friday August 22, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk Learn about the Great Smoky Mountains National Parks North American elk and discover the best places in the park to see and hear them from 2-2:30pm at the Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Friday August 22, 2014  8:00pm at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Legends of the Cherokee: Join a ranger for a nighttime introduction into Cherokee history, lore, and rituals between 8:00pm to 8:45pm at the Elkmont Campground Amphitheater.
     
  • Thursday August 21, 2014  9:00am at Mount LeConte area of GSMNP
    Hike to Alum Cave Bluff: Interesting geology, old-growth trees, and panoramic views await you while joining a park ranger on one of the most diverse hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains taking place from 9am to Noon. Meet at the Alum Cave Bluff Trailhead on Newfound Gap Road.
     
  • Thursday August 21, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Thursday August 21, 2014  1:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    The "What Is It?" walk! We all ask What is it? many times when we are in the Great Smoky Mountains. The mountain farm museum in Oconaluftee has many items that leave us with questions than answers, but now you can join a park ranger to learn just what it is! Oconaluftee Visitor Center from Noon-12:45pm
     
  • Thursday August 21, 2014  4:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 4:30-6:30pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Wednesday August 20, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Toymaking Demonstration: Designing and making simple toys from wood added some fun to the life of children from Cades Cove, so what they made and how they did it from 10:30am-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Wednesday August 20, 2014  11:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Can you guess? Do you want to know what wears a fur coat, is about the size of a breadbox, greets with nose kisses, but has never been to the North Pole? Come join Great Smoky Mountains park staff to find out the very surprising answer! Meet at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch 11-11:45am.
     
  • Wednesday August 20, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Wednesday August 20, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Wilderness Wednesday Talk: The Wilderness Act signed by President Lyndon Johnson is 50 now years old! Learn why and how wilderness areas are created, along with some of the history surrounding the passage of this important legislation from 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Wednesday August 20, 2014  8:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    A Waterfall by Lantern Light: See The Great Smoky Mountains national parks famous Cataract Falls in a whole new way, with a ranger on a lantern-lit night stroll through the old Forks of the River community. Limited to 25 people and reservations are required by signing up at the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Takes place 8:15-9:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday August 19, 2014  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    School Days at Little Greenbrier: Take a trip back in time and learn what it was like to live in a community in the Smoky Mountains and attend school in a one-room schoolhouse. This program is conducted by someone who intimately knows firsthand the people who inhabited this part of the park. This program is fun for all ages, but space is limited so please arrive 15 minutes before program starts. Takes place from 11-noon in the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area.
     
  • Tuesday August 19, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Tuesday August 19, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    So You Want To Be A Park Ranger? What does a park ranger do in the Great Smoky Mountains? How do you become one? Join a ranger to get these and other questions answered about this exciting and rewarding job. From 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday August 19, 2014  4:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 4:30-6:30pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Monday August 18, 2014  11:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Mill Tour: Join a ranger for walk around the historic structures at he Cable Mill and sorounding area and learn about their function in the Cades Cove community. from 11:30am to Noon and from 12:30 to 1pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Monday August 18, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Monday August 18, 2014  12:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Longing for the "Good Ol’ Days" Take a walk from 12-12:45 pm with a ranger to learn what life was like on a real Appalachian mountain farm. Meet at the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Monday August 18, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Thinking Like a Bear: Learn from a ranger how the National Park Service manages wildlife such as black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains from 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Sunday August 17, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Sunday August 17, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Work and Play Experience what it was like to work on a farm in Cades Cove and work as a family to get chores done from 1:00 to 2:00pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday August 17, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Welcome Home! North American Elk have returned to the Smokies after more than century of being gone. Relax, have a seat on the visitor center porch and hear the story about the return of the largest animal in the Great Smoky Mountains. From 2:00 to 2:45pm on the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Sunday August 17, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Songs and Stories of the Smokies: There are long traditions in the Great Smoky Mountains that are captured in songs and stories. Join a ranger in an old-fashioned sing along and listen to some stories that connect us all to the natural world around us in the Smokies. From 2:00 to 2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Sunday August 17, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    WILD by Design: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday August 17, 2014  5:30pm at Cataloochee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk Cataloochee is the best place to see our reintroduced elk herd. Come to the yellow Palmer House in Cataloochee Valley from 5:30-6:15pm to learn about the history of the elk through “show and tell” activities and then watch the elk come into in the fields!
     
  • Saturday August 16, 2014  12:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Rughooking Demonstration: Watch and learn the techniques of rughooking. This program is accessible to persons using wheelchairs. Taking place at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area halfway around the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday August 16, 2014  10:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Aliens Among Us: Do Coyotes belong in the Great Smoky Mountains? And do all the lady beetles? What’s killing so many of our trees? How did it get here? Join a ranger and uncover the mysteries of aliens both wanted and unwanted here in the Smokies from 10-10:45am at the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday August 16, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Saturday August 16, 2014  11:30am at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Old Town of Elkmont Stroll through teh old town of Elkmont with a ranger from 11:30-1pm and learn about it when it was a turn-of-the-century logging boom town. Meet behind Elkmont Campground Entrance Station.
     
  • Saturday August 16, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Animal Olympics Compares your abilities to the animals that live in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in this interactive and fun activity taking place at 1-1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday August 16, 2014  1:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Back Porch Old Time Music: Join us on the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Back Porch from 1-3pm for a musical jam session. All levels of playing are welcome and audience members are encouraged to tap their feet!
     
  • Saturday August 16, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Lost and Gone Forever What if there were no more birds? Well, it happened 100 years ago to one species, the Passenger Pigeon, when the last one died in a zoo. Find out what lessons we can learn from the passing of the Passenger Pigeon which was an important part of the ecology of the Great Smoky Mountains from 1:00 to 1:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday August 16, 2014  3:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Bear-mania! Do you want to know a lot about black bears which is the symbol of the Smokies? Learn from a ranger about them from 3-3:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday August 16, 2014  4:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 4:30-6:30pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Saturday August 16, 2014  6:30pm at Smokemont area of GSMNP
    Once upon a time: Come discover the real world of the American black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains. Find out what myths and legends are the truth or are pure fiction. Meet at the Smokemont Campground between C-Loop and D-Loop 6:30-7:30pm.
     
  • Saturday August 16, 2014  8:00pm at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    The Tree Army The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was responsible for building trails, planting trees, raising fish, controlling fires, and developing facilities such as campgrounds and picnic areas in the Great Smoky Mountains national park. Join a Park Ranger to learn about the legacy of the CCC in the Great Smoky Mountains national park and beyond. 8:00-8:45pm at the Elkmont Amphitheater in the Campgrounds.
     
  • Friday August 15, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Friday August 15, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk Learn about the Great Smoky Mountains National Parks North American elk and discover the best places in the park to see and hear them from 2-2:30pm at the Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Friday August 15, 2014  8:00pm at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Legends of the Cherokee: Join a ranger for a nighttime introduction into Cherokee history, lore, and rituals between 8:00pm to 8:45pm at the Elkmont Campground Amphitheater.
     
  • Thursday August 14, 2014  9:00am at Mount LeConte area of GSMNP
    Hike to Alum Cave Bluff: Interesting geology, old-growth trees, and panoramic views await you while joining a park ranger on one of the most diverse hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains taking place from 9am to Noon. Meet at the Alum Cave Bluff Trailhead on Newfound Gap Road.
     
  • Thursday August 14, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Thursday August 14, 2014  1:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    The "What Is It?" walk! We all ask What is it? many times when we are in the Great Smoky Mountains. The mountain farm museum in Oconaluftee has many items that leave us with questions than answers, but now you can join a park ranger to learn just what it is! Oconaluftee Visitor Center from Noon-12:45pm
     
  • Thursday August 14, 2014  4:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 4:30-6:30pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Wednesday August 13, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Toymaking Demonstration: Designing and making simple toys from wood added some fun to the life of children from Cades Cove, so what they made and how they did it from 10:30am-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Wednesday August 13, 2014  11:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Can you guess? Do you want to know what wears a fur coat, is about the size of a breadbox, greets with nose kisses, but has never been to the North Pole? Come join Great Smoky Mountains park staff to find out the very surprising answer! Meet at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch 11-11:45am.
     
  • Wednesday August 13, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Wednesday August 13, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Wilderness Wednesday Talk: The Wilderness Act signed by President Lyndon Johnson is 50 now years old! Learn why and how wilderness areas are created, along with some of the history surrounding the passage of this important legislation from 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Wednesday August 13, 2014  8:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    A Waterfall by Lantern Light: See The Great Smoky Mountains national parks famous Cataract Falls in a whole new way, with a ranger on a lantern-lit night stroll through the old Forks of the River community. Limited to 25 people and reservations are required by signing up at the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Takes place 8:15-9:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday August 12, 2014  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    School Days at Little Greenbrier: Take a trip back in time and learn what it was like to live in a community in the Smoky Mountains and attend school in a one-room schoolhouse. This program is conducted by someone who intimately knows firsthand the people who inhabited this part of the park. This program is fun for all ages, but space is limited so please arrive 15 minutes before program starts. Takes place from 11-noon in the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area.
     
  • Tuesday August 12, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Tuesday August 12, 2014  12:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Eeek! Bats! Eeek! Bats! Do bats really suck blood? Do they really get caught in your hair? Are they a friend or foe? Let the ranger tell you the truth about these amazing creatures and the silent enemy among them. Meet on the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center from Noon-12:45pm
     
  • Tuesday August 12, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    So You Want To Be A Park Ranger? What does a park ranger do in the Great Smoky Mountains? How do you become one? Join a ranger to get these and other questions answered about this exciting and rewarding job. From 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday August 12, 2014  4:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 4:30-6:30pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Saturday August 09, 2014  9:00am at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Old Town of Elkmont: Stroll through Elkmont with a ranger from 9-10:30am and learn about it when it was a turn-of-the-century logging boom town. Meet behind Elkmont Campground Entrance Station.
     
  • Saturday August 09, 2014  12:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    The "What Is It?" Walk! We all ask What is it? many times when we are in the Great Smoky Mountains. The mountain farm museum in Oconaluftee has many items that leave us with questions than answers, but now you can join a park ranger to learn just what it is! Oconaluftee Visitor Center from Noon-12:45pm
     
  • Saturday August 09, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Animal Olympics Compares your abilities to the animals of the park in this interactive and fun activity taking place at 1-1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday August 09, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Bear-mania! Do you want to know a lot about black bears which is the symbol of the Smokies? Learn from a ranger about them from 3-3:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday August 09, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers Come to Oconaluftee, roll up your pants and wade through a Smoky Mountains stream to look for salamanders, damselflies, and other critters. Be prepared to get wet and have fun! Taking place 2-3:30pm at the Oconaluftee River adjacent to the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday August 09, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Wild by Design Program: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3:15pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday August 09, 2014  7:00pm at Smokemont area of GSMNP
    Once upon a time… Come discover the real world of the American black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains. Find out what myths and legends are the truth or are pure fiction. Meet at the Smokemont Campground between C-Loop and D-Loop 7-8pm.
     
  • Saturday August 09, 2014  8:00pm at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    The Tree Army: The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was responsible for building trails, planting trees, raising fish, controlling fires, and developing facilities such as campgrounds and picnic areas in the park. Join a Park Ranger to learn about the legacy of the CCC in the Great Smoky Mountains national park and beyond. 8:00-8:45pm at the Elkmont Amphitheater in the Campgrounds.
     
  • Friday August 08, 2014  8:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Early Bird Hayride: Enjoy a ranger-led open air hayride from 8-10am viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of Cades Cove along with its interesting history. Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Friday August 08, 2014  10:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Batteries Not Included Join a ranger to discover what kinds of toys kids played with in the old days before video games, iPods and iPads. When it is over you will be able to take home a buzz button of your very own. All ages welcome. 10-10:30am, 10:30-11am, 11-11:30am, 11:30-noon at the Mountain Farm Museum, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Friday August 08, 2014  10:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Blacksmithing Limited to ages 10-12, this program teaches you about the blacksmith and you get to create your own item to take home. Meet at the Blacksmith Shop at the Mountain Farm Museum, adjacent to Oconaluftee Visitor Center. Taking place from 10-10:30am, 10:30-11am, 11-11:30am and 11:30-noon.
     
  • Friday August 08, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Friday August 08, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Range Program: Whose Poop is on my Boots? Grab the kids and meet a real ranger who will give you the scoop on animal skins, tracks, and…poop! Taking place from 1-2pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Friday August 08, 2014  3:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Oconaluftee River Trail Treasures: Walk with a ranger to discover what treasures can be found here in the Smokies along a river used for thousands of years by the locals. Meet at the Trailhead adjacent to Oconaluftee Visitor Center 3-4pm.
     
  • Friday August 08, 2014  8:45pm at Smokemont area of GSMNP
    Smokemont Night Hike: Move beyond the comfortable glow of the campfire and explore the Smokies nightlife from 8:45-9:45pm. Night hike is limited to 25 participants so reservations are required. Meet at the Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop Smokemont.
     
  • Friday August 08, 2014  9:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Night Hike: What could be more magical tan listening to the spirits of Cades Cove while enjoying a night-time walk in the cove? Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. 9-11pm. Meet at the Orientation Shelter at the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Thursday August 07, 2014  9:00am at Mount LeConte area of GSMNP
    Hike to Alum Cave Bluff: Interesting geology, old-growth trees, and panoramic views await you while joining a park ranger on one of the most diverse hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains taking place from 9am to Noon. Meet at the Alum Cave Bluff Trailhead on Newfound Gap Road.
     
  • Thursday August 07, 2014  9:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Walk: How Can You Tell? What was that? Was it a blue jay? Or a bluebird? Learn the valuable life skill of bird identification so you can be the one to know what kind of bird it is! Meet at the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center from 9-10am.
     
  • Thursday August 07, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Thursday August 07, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Wild by Design Program: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3:15pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Thursday August 07, 2014  3:30pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Awwww...Shucks! A hundred years ago corn was an essential element of life in the Smoky Mountains. Every single part of the corn plant was used, even the shucks. Join park staff to discover how versatile corn can be from 3:30-4:15pm at the Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Thursday August 07, 2014  5:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 5-7pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Thursday August 07, 2014  6:45pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Retiring the Colors Discover how to fold the American flag, why it has 13 stripes, when you salute it and more while assisting staff in retiring the colors in front of the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Meet at the flag pole in front of Sugarlands Visitor Center from 6:45-7:15pm.
     
  • Wednesday August 06, 2014  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Creepy Critters Join a Smoky Mountains ranger on this adventure into the dark and mysterious world of bugs and macro-invertebrates. Oohs and ahs are allowed! Meet at the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area Pavilion 11-12:30pm.
     
  • Wednesday August 06, 2014  11:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Can you guess? Do you want to know what wears a fur coat, is about the size of a breadbox, greets with nose kisses, but has never been to the North Pole? Come join Great Smoky Mountains park staff to find out the very surprising answer! Meet at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch 11-11:45am.
     
  • Wednesday August 06, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Wednesday August 06, 2014  12:30pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Do You Have Power? Join a ranger to learn what a carbon footprint is and how to leave a lighter one which will help protect the Great Smoky Mountains and the rest of the planet for future generations. 12:30 to 1:15pm at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch.
     
  • Wednesday August 06, 2014  1:00pm at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Being a Kid in the Mountains Schoolhouse Hike Join a ranger from 1-3pm at the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area Pavilion top learn what it was like to grow up in the Great Smoky Mountains before any of the modern conveniences we enjoy today. Learn from a park ranger about the chores that kids did as well as what they did for fun.
     
  • Wednesday August 06, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Longing for the Good Ol' Days: Take a walk from 2-2:45 pm with a ranger to learn what life was like on a real Appalachian mountain farm. Meet at the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Wednesday August 06, 2014  5:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 5-7pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Wednesday August 06, 2014  8:15pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    A Waterfall by Lantern Light: See our famous Cataract Falls in a whole new way, with a ranger on a lantern-lit night stroll through the old Forks of the River community. Limited to 25 people and reservations are required by signing up at the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Takes place 8:15-9:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday August 05, 2014  10:00am at Clingmans Dome area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Pack Your Day Pack If you want to see scenic vistas, waterfalls and old homesites you have to hike on trails. What should you take with you on a day hike? Join a ranger and learn what it is you must pack before you hit the trails from 10-10:45am at the Clingmans Dome Trailhead.
     
  • Tuesday August 05, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Animal Olympics Compares your abilities to the animals of the park in this interactive and fun activity taking place at 10:30-11:15 and 1-1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Tuesday August 05, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Blacksmithing Being able to repair broken metal objects or making new ones was an important skill to have back in the day. See a live Blacksmithing presentation and actual metal working at the Blacksmith building near the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area at the back end of the Cades Cove Loop from 10:30am-3:45pm.
     
  • Tuesday August 05, 2014  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    School Days at Little Greenbrier: Take a trip back in time and learn what it was like to live in a community in the Smoky Mountains and attend school in a one-room schoolhouse. This program is conducted by someone who intimately knows firsthand the people who inhabited this part of the park. This program is fun for all ages, but space is limited so please arrive 15 minutes before program starts. Takes place from 11-noon in the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area.
     
  • Tuesday August 05, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Tuesday August 05, 2014  11:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Blue and Gray Bring the family and join a park ranger to see how the Civil War affected communities in the Smokies such as Cades Cove while you learn about the life of a Civil War soldier as a “recruit”. 11:30am-12:30 and 2-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area at the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Tuesday August 05, 2014  12:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Eeek! Bats! Do bats really suck blood? Do they really get caught in your hair? Are they a friend or foe? Let the ranger tell you the truth about these amazing creatures and the silent enemy among them. Meet on the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center from Noon -12:45pm.
     
  • Tuesday August 05, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    So You Want To Be A Park Ranger? What does a park ranger do in the Great Smoky Mountains? How do you become one? Join a ranger to get these and other questions answered about this exciting and rewarding job. From 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday August 05, 2014  5:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 5-7pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Monday August 04, 2014  8:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Early Bird Hayride: Enjoy a ranger-led open air hayride from 8-10am viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of Cades Cove along with its interesting history. Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Monday August 04, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Monday August 04, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Eager Weaver See what life was like in the old days by joining a ranger and learning the art of weaving using a loom from 1-1:45 pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Monday August 04, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers Come to Oconaluftee, roll up your pants and wade through a Smoky Mountains stream to look for salamanders, damselflies, and other critters. Be prepared to get wet and have fun! Taking place 2-3:30pm at the Oconaluftee River adjacent to the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Monday August 04, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Thinking Like a Bear: Learn from a ranger how the National Park Service manages wildlife such as black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains from 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Monday August 04, 2014  9:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Night Hike: What could be more magical tan listening to the spirits of Cades Cove while enjoying a night-time walk in the cove? Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. 9-11pm. Meet at the Orientation Shelter at the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday August 03, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Sunday August 03, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Blue and Gray Bring the family and join a park ranger to see how the Civil War affected communities in the Smokies such as Cades Cove while you learn about the life of a Civil War soldier as a “recruit”. 1-2pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area at the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday August 03, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Wild by Design Program: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3:15pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday August 03, 2014  3:00pm at Newfound Gap area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Geology Rocks! Amaze your friends with newfound knowledge about how the Great Smoky Mountains were born, how huge they once were and how they keep changing over time. 3-3:45pm at the Newfound Gap Overlook.
     
  • Sunday August 03, 2014  5:30pm at Cataloochee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk Cataloochee is the best place to see our reintroduced elk herd. Come to the yellow Palmer House in Cataloochee Valley from 5:30-6:15pm to learn about the history of the elk through “show and tell” activities and then watch the elk come into in the fields!
     
  • Sunday August 03, 2014  8:45pm at Smokemont area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Night Hike Take a walk in the dark from 8:45-9:45pm with a ranger and learn about some of the mysteries and wonders of the Great Smoky Mountains found only after the sun goes down. This night hike is limited to 25 participants so you must call (828)497-1904 up to 4 days in advance to make reservations. Meet at the Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop in the Smokemont Campgrounds.
     
  • Saturday August 02, 2014  9:00am at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Old Town of Elkmont: Stroll through Elkmont with a ranger from 9-10:30am and learn about it when it was a turn-of-the-century logging boom town. Meet behind Elkmont Campground Entrance Station.
     
  • Saturday August 02, 2014  12:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    The "What Is It?" Walk! We all ask What is it? many times when we are in the Great Smoky Mountains. The mountain farm museum in Oconaluftee has many items that leave us with questions than answers, but now you can join a park ranger to learn just what it is! Oconaluftee Visitor Center from Noon-12:45pm
     
  • Saturday August 02, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Animal Olympics Compares your abilities to the animals of the park in this interactive and fun activity taking place at 1-1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday August 02, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Bear-mania! Do you want to know a lot about black bears which is the symbol of the Smokies? Learn from a ranger about them from 3-3:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday August 02, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers Come to Oconaluftee, roll up your pants and wade through a Smoky Mountains stream to look for salamanders, damselflies, and other critters. Be prepared to get wet and have fun! Taking place 2-3:30pm at the Oconaluftee River adjacent to the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday August 02, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Wild by Design Program: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3:15pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday August 02, 2014  7:00pm at Smokemont area of GSMNP
    Once upon a time… Come discover the real world of the American black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains. Find out what myths and legends are the truth or are pure fiction. Meet at the Smokemont Campground between C-Loop and D-Loop 7-8pm.
     
  • Saturday August 02, 2014  8:00pm at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    The Tree Army: The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was responsible for building trails, planting trees, raising fish, controlling fires, and developing facilities such as campgrounds and picnic areas in the park. Join a Park Ranger to learn about the legacy of the CCC in the Great Smoky Mountains national park and beyond. 8:00-8:45pm at the Elkmont Amphitheater in the Campgrounds.
     
  • Friday August 01, 2014  8:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Early Bird Hayride: Enjoy a ranger-led open air hayride from 8-10am viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of Cades Cove along with its interesting history. Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Friday August 01, 2014  10:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Batteries Not Included Join a ranger to discover what kinds of toys kids played with in the old days before video games, iPods and iPads. When it is over you will be able to take home a buzz button of your very own. All ages welcome. 10-10:30am, 10:30-11am, 11-11:30am, 11:30-noon at the Mountain Farm Museum, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Friday August 01, 2014  10:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Blacksmithing Limited to ages 10-12, this program teaches you about the blacksmith and you get to create your own item to take home. Meet at the Blacksmith Shop at the Mountain Farm Museum, adjacent to Oconaluftee Visitor Center. Taking place from 10-10:30am, 10:30-11am, 11-11:30am and 11:30-noon.
     
  • Friday August 01, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Friday August 01, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Range Program: Whose Poop is on my Boots? Grab the kids and meet a real ranger who will give you the scoop on animal skins, tracks, and…poop! Taking place from 1-2pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Friday August 01, 2014  3:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Oconaluftee River Trail Treasures: Walk with a ranger to discover what treasures can be found here in the Smokies along a river used for thousands of years by the locals. Meet at the Trailhead adjacent to Oconaluftee Visitor Center 3-4pm.
     
  • Friday August 01, 2014  8:45pm at Smokemont area of GSMNP
    Smokemont Night Hike: Move beyond the comfortable glow of the campfire and explore the Smokies nightlife from 8:45-9:45pm. Night hike is limited to 25 participants so reservations are required. Meet at the Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop Smokemont.
     
  • Friday August 01, 2014  9:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Night Hike: What could be more magical tan listening to the spirits of Cades Cove while enjoying a night-time walk in the cove? Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. 9-11pm. Meet at the Orientation Shelter at the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     

July 2014 Events in the Great Smoky Mountains Natl Park

  • Thursday July 31, 2014  9:00am at Mount LeConte area of GSMNP
    Hike to Alum Cave Bluff: Interesting geology, old-growth trees, and panoramic views await you while joining a park ranger on one of the most diverse hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains taking place from 9am to Noon. Meet at the Alum Cave Bluff Trailhead on Newfound Gap Road.
     
  • Thursday July 31, 2014  9:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Walk: How Can You Tell? What was that? Was it a blue jay? Or a bluebird? Learn the valuable life skill of bird identification so you can be the one to know what kind of bird it is! Meet at the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center from 9-10am.
     
  • Thursday July 31, 2014  11:00am at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Family Adventure Hike on Little River Trail Not really sure what is the best way to explore the Smokies with the whole family? Join a park ranger from the Smokies to learn hiking basics and exploration techniques that are ranger-tested and kid-approved. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water for this easy trail. Meet at the Little River trailhead in Elkmont from 11am-2pm.
     
  • Thursday July 31, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Thursday July 31, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Wild by Design Program: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3:15pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Thursday July 31, 2014  3:30pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Awwww...Shucks! A hundred years ago corn was an essential element of life in the Smoky Mountains. Every single part of the corn plant was used, even the shucks. Join park staff to discover how versatile corn can be from 3:30-4:15pm at the Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Thursday July 31, 2014  5:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 5-7pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Thursday July 31, 2014  6:45pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Retiring the Colors Discover how to fold the American flag, why it has 13 stripes, when you salute it and more while assisting staff in retiring the colors in front of the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Meet at the flag pole in front of Sugarlands Visitor Center from 6:45-7:15pm.
     
  • Wednesday July 30, 2014  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Creepy Critters Join a Smoky Mountains ranger on this adventure into the dark and mysterious world of bugs and macro-invertebrates. Oohs and ahs are allowed! Meet at the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area Pavilion 11-12:30pm.
     
  • Wednesday July 30, 2014  11:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Can you guess? Do you want to know what wears a fur coat, is about the size of a breadbox, greets with nose kisses, but has never been to the North Pole? Come join Great Smoky Mountains park staff to find out the very surprising answer! Meet at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch 11-11:45am.
     
  • Wednesday July 30, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Wednesday July 30, 2014  12:30pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Do You Have Power? Join a ranger to learn what a carbon footprint is and how to leave a lighter one which will help protect the Great Smoky Mountains and the rest of the planet for future generations. 12:30 to 1:15pm at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch.
     
  • Wednesday July 30, 2014  1:00pm at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Being a Kid in the Mountains Schoolhouse Hike Join a ranger from 1-3pm at the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area Pavilion top learn what it was like to grow up in the Great Smoky Mountains before any of the modern conveniences we enjoy today. Learn from a park ranger about the chores that kids did as well as what they did for fun.
     
  • Wednesday July 30, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Longing for the Good Ol' Days: Take a walk from 2-2:45 pm with a ranger to learn what life was like on a real Appalachian mountain farm. Meet at the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Wednesday July 30, 2014  5:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 5-7pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Wednesday July 30, 2014  8:15pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    A Waterfall by Lantern Light: See our famous Cataract Falls in a whole new way, with a ranger on a lantern-lit night stroll through the old Forks of the River community. Limited to 25 people and reservations are required by signing up at the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Takes place 8:15-9:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday July 29, 2014  10:00am at Clingmans Dome area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Pack Your Day Pack If you want to see scenic vistas, waterfalls and old homesites you have to hike on trails. What should you take with you on a day hike? Join a ranger and learn what it is you must pack before you hit the trails from 10-10:45am at the Clingmans Dome Trailhead.
     
  • Tuesday July 29, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Animal Olympics Compares your abilities to the animals of the park in this interactive and fun activity taking place at 10:30-11:15 and 1-1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Tuesday July 29, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Blacksmithing Being able to repair broken metal objects or making new ones was an important skill to have back in the day. See a live Blacksmithing presentation and actual metal working at the Blacksmith building near the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area at the back end of the Cades Cove Loop from 10:30am-3:45pm.
     
  • Tuesday July 29, 2014  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    School Days at Little Greenbrier: Take a trip back in time and learn what it was like to live in a community in the Smoky Mountains and attend school in a one-room schoolhouse. This program is conducted by someone who intimately knows firsthand the people who inhabited this part of the park. This program is fun for all ages, but space is limited so please arrive 15 minutes before program starts. Takes place from 11-noon in the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area.
     
  • Tuesday July 29, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Tuesday July 29, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Tuesday July 29, 2014  11:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Blue and Gray Bring the family and join a park ranger to see how the Civil War affected communities in the Smokies such as Cades Cove while you learn about the life of a Civil War soldier as a “recruit”. 11:30am-12:30 and 2-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area at the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Tuesday July 29, 2014  12:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Eeek! Bats! Do bats really suck blood? Do they really get caught in your hair? Are they a friend or foe? Let the ranger tell you the truth about these amazing creatures and the silent enemy among them. Meet on the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center from Noon -12:45pm.
     
  • Tuesday July 29, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    So You Want To Be A Park Ranger? What does a park ranger do in the Great Smoky Mountains? How do you become one? Join a ranger to get these and other questions answered about this exciting and rewarding job. From 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday July 29, 2014  5:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 5-7pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Monday July 28, 2014  8:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Early Bird Hayride: Enjoy a ranger-led open air hayride from 8-10am viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of Cades Cove along with its interesting history. Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Monday July 28, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Monday July 28, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Eager Weaver See what life was like in the old days by joining a ranger and learning the art of weaving using a loom from 1-1:45 pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Monday July 28, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers Come to Oconaluftee, roll up your pants and wade through a Smoky Mountains stream to look for salamanders, damselflies, and other critters. Be prepared to get wet and have fun! Taking place 2-3:30pm at the Oconaluftee River adjacent to the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Monday July 28, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Thinking Like a Bear: Learn from a ranger how the National Park Service manages wildlife such as black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains from 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Monday July 28, 2014  9:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Night Hike: What could be more magical tan listening to the spirits of Cades Cove while enjoying a night-time walk in the cove? Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. 9-11pm. Meet at the Orientation Shelter at the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday July 27, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Sunday July 27, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Blue and Gray Bring the family and join a park ranger to see how the Civil War affected communities in the Smokies such as Cades Cove while you learn about the life of a Civil War soldier as a “recruit”. 1-2pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area at the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday July 27, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Wild by Design Program: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3:15pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday July 27, 2014  3:00pm at Newfound Gap area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Geology Rocks! Amaze your friends with newfound knowledge about how the Great Smoky Mountains were born, how huge they once were and how they keep changing over time. 3-3:45pm at the Newfound Gap Overlook.
     
  • Sunday July 27, 2014  5:30pm at Cataloochee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk Cataloochee is the best place to see our reintroduced elk herd. Come to the yellow Palmer House in Cataloochee Valley from 5:30-6:15pm to learn about the history of the elk through “show and tell” activities and then watch the elk come into in the fields!
     
  • Sunday July 27, 2014  8:45pm at Smokemont area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Night Hike Take a walk in the dark from 8:45-9:45pm with a ranger and learn about some of the mysteries and wonders of the Great Smoky Mountains found only after the sun goes down. This night hike is limited to 25 participants so you must call (828)497-1904 up to 4 days in advance to make reservations. Meet at the Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop in the Smokemont Campgrounds.
     
  • Saturday July 26, 2014  9:00am at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Old Town of Elkmont: Stroll through Elkmont with a ranger from 9-10:30am and learn about it when it was a turn-of-the-century logging boom town. Meet behind Elkmont Campground Entrance Station.
     
  • Saturday July 26, 2014  12:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    The "What Is It?" Walk! We all ask What is it? many times when we are in the Great Smoky Mountains. The mountain farm museum in Oconaluftee has many items that leave us with questions than answers, but now you can join a park ranger to learn just what it is! Oconaluftee Visitor Center from Noon-12:45pm
     
  • Saturday July 26, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Animal Olympics Compares your abilities to the animals of the park in this interactive and fun activity taking place at 1-1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday July 26, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Bear-mania! Do you want to know a lot about black bears which is the symbol of the Smokies? Learn from a ranger about them from 3-3:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday July 26, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers Come to Oconaluftee, roll up your pants and wade through a Smoky Mountains stream to look for salamanders, damselflies, and other critters. Be prepared to get wet and have fun! Taking place 2-3:30pm at the Oconaluftee River adjacent to the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday July 26, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Wild by Design Program: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3:15pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday July 26, 2014  7:00pm at Smokemont area of GSMNP
    Once upon a time… Come discover the real world of the American black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains. Find out what myths and legends are the truth or are pure fiction. Meet at the Smokemont Campground between C-Loop and D-Loop 7-8pm.
     
  • Saturday July 26, 2014  8:00pm at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    The Tree Army: The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was responsible for building trails, planting trees, raising fish, controlling fires, and developing facilities such as campgrounds and picnic areas in the park. Join a Park Ranger to learn about the legacy of the CCC in the Great Smoky Mountains national park and beyond. 8:00-8:45pm at the Elkmont Amphitheater in the Campgrounds.
     
  • Friday July 25, 2014  8:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Early Bird Hayride: Enjoy a ranger-led open air hayride from 8-10am viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of Cades Cove along with its interesting history. Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Friday July 25, 2014  10:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Batteries Not Included Join a ranger to discover what kinds of toys kids played with in the old days before video games, iPods and iPads. When it is over you will be able to take home a buzz button of your very own. All ages welcome. 10-10:30am, 10:30-11am, 11-11:30am, 11:30-noon at the Mountain Farm Museum, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Friday July 25, 2014  10:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Blacksmithing Limited to ages 10-12, this program teaches you about the blacksmith and you get to create your own item to take home. Meet at the Blacksmith Shop at the Mountain Farm Museum, adjacent to Oconaluftee Visitor Center. Taking place from 10-10:30am, 10:30-11am, 11-11:30am and 11:30-noon.
     
  • Friday July 25, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Friday July 25, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Range Program: Whose Poop is on my Boots? Grab the kids and meet a real ranger who will give you the scoop on animal skins, tracks, and…poop! Taking place from 1-2pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Friday July 25, 2014  3:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Oconaluftee River Trail Treasures: Walk with a ranger to discover what treasures can be found here in the Smokies along a river used for thousands of years by the locals. Meet at the Trailhead adjacent to Oconaluftee Visitor Center 3-4pm.
     
  • Friday July 25, 2014  8:45pm at Smokemont area of GSMNP
    Smokemont Night Hike: Move beyond the comfortable glow of the campfire and explore the Smokies nightlife from 8:45-9:45pm. Night hike is limited to 25 participants so reservations are required. Meet at the Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop Smokemont.
     
  • Friday July 25, 2014  9:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Night Hike: What could be more magical tan listening to the spirits of Cades Cove while enjoying a night-time walk in the cove? Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. 9-11pm. Meet at the Orientation Shelter at the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Thursday July 24, 2014  9:00am at Mount LeConte area of GSMNP
    Hike to Alum Cave Bluff: Interesting geology, old-growth trees, and panoramic views await you while joining a park ranger on one of the most diverse hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains taking place from 9am to Noon. Meet at the Alum Cave Bluff Trailhead on Newfound Gap Road.
     
  • Thursday July 24, 2014  9:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Walk: How Can You Tell? What was that? Was it a blue jay? Or a bluebird? Learn the valuable life skill of bird identification so you can be the one to know what kind of bird it is! Meet at the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center from 9-10am.
     
  • Thursday July 24, 2014  11:00am at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Family Adventure Hike on Little River Trail Not really sure what is the best way to explore the Smokies with the whole family? Join a park ranger from the Smokies to learn hiking basics and exploration techniques that are ranger-tested and kid-approved. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water for this easy trail. Meet at the Little River trailhead in Elkmont from 11am-2pm.
     
  • Thursday July 24, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Thursday July 24, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Wild by Design Program: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3:15pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Thursday July 24, 2014  3:30pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Awwww...Shucks! A hundred years ago corn was an essential element of life in the Smoky Mountains. Every single part of the corn plant was used, even the shucks. Join park staff to discover how versatile corn can be from 3:30-4:15pm at the Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Thursday July 24, 2014  5:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 5-7pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Thursday July 24, 2014  6:45pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Retiring the Colors Discover how to fold the American flag, why it has 13 stripes, when you salute it and more while assisting staff in retiring the colors in front of the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Meet at the flag pole in front of Sugarlands Visitor Center from 6:45-7:15pm.
     
  • Wednesday July 23, 2014  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Creepy Critters Join a Smoky Mountains ranger on this adventure into the dark and mysterious world of bugs and macro-invertebrates. Oohs and ahs are allowed! Meet at the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area Pavilion 11-12:30pm.
     
  • Wednesday July 23, 2014  11:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Can you guess? Do you want to know what wears a fur coat, is about the size of a breadbox, greets with nose kisses, but has never been to the North Pole? Come join Great Smoky Mountains park staff to find out the very surprising answer! Meet at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch 11-11:45am.
     
  • Wednesday July 23, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Wednesday July 23, 2014  12:30pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Do You Have Power? Join a ranger to learn what a carbon footprint is and how to leave a lighter one which will help protect the Great Smoky Mountains and the rest of the planet for future generations. 12:30 to 1:15pm at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch.
     
  • Wednesday July 23, 2014  1:00pm at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Being a Kid in the Mountains Schoolhouse Hike Join a ranger from 1-3pm at the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area Pavilion top learn what it was like to grow up in the Great Smoky Mountains before any of the modern conveniences we enjoy today. Learn from a park ranger about the chores that kids did as well as what they did for fun.
     
  • Wednesday July 23, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Longing for the Good Ol' Days: Take a walk from 2-2:45 pm with a ranger to learn what life was like on a real Appalachian mountain farm. Meet at the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Wednesday July 23, 2014  5:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 5-7pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Wednesday July 23, 2014  8:15pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    A Waterfall by Lantern Light: See our famous Cataract Falls in a whole new way, with a ranger on a lantern-lit night stroll through the old Forks of the River community. Limited to 25 people and reservations are required by signing up at the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Takes place 8:15-9:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday July 22, 2014  10:00am at Clingmans Dome area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Pack Your Day Pack If you want to see scenic vistas, waterfalls and old homesites you have to hike on trails. What should you take with you on a day hike? Join a ranger and learn what it is you must pack before you hit the trails from 10-10:45am at the Clingmans Dome Trailhead.
     
  • Tuesday July 22, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Animal Olympics Compares your abilities to the animals of the park in this interactive and fun activity taking place at 10:30-11:15 and 1-1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Tuesday July 22, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Blacksmithing Being able to repair broken metal objects or making new ones was an important skill to have back in the day. See a live Blacksmithing presentation and actual metal working at the Blacksmith building near the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area at the back end of the Cades Cove Loop from 10:30am-3:45pm.
     
  • Tuesday July 22, 2014  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    School Days at Little Greenbrier: Take a trip back in time and learn what it was like to live in a community in the Smoky Mountains and attend school in a one-room schoolhouse. This program is conducted by someone who intimately knows firsthand the people who inhabited this part of the park. This program is fun for all ages, but space is limited so please arrive 15 minutes before program starts. Takes place from 11-noon in the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area.
     
  • Tuesday July 22, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Tuesday July 22, 2014  11:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Blue and Gray Bring the family and join a park ranger to see how the Civil War affected communities in the Smokies such as Cades Cove while you learn about the life of a Civil War soldier as a “recruit”. 11:30am-12:30 and 2-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area at the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Tuesday July 22, 2014  12:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Eeek! Bats! Do bats really suck blood? Do they really get caught in your hair? Are they a friend or foe? Let the ranger tell you the truth about these amazing creatures and the silent enemy among them. Meet on the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center from Noon -12:45pm.
     
  • Tuesday July 22, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    So You Want To Be A Park Ranger? What does a park ranger do in the Great Smoky Mountains? How do you become one? Join a ranger to get these and other questions answered about this exciting and rewarding job. From 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday July 22, 2014  5:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 5-7pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Monday July 21, 2014  8:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Early Bird Hayride: Enjoy a ranger-led open air hayride from 8-10am viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of Cades Cove along with its interesting history. Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Monday July 21, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Monday July 21, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Eager Weaver See what life was like in the old days by joining a ranger and learning the art of weaving using a loom from 1-1:45 pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Monday July 21, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers Come to Oconaluftee, roll up your pants and wade through a Smoky Mountains stream to look for salamanders, damselflies, and other critters. Be prepared to get wet and have fun! Taking place 2-3:30pm at the Oconaluftee River adjacent to the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Monday July 21, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Thinking Like a Bear: Learn from a ranger how the National Park Service manages wildlife such as black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains from 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Monday July 21, 2014  9:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Night Hike: What could be more magical tan listening to the spirits of Cades Cove while enjoying a night-time walk in the cove? Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. 9-11pm. Meet at the Orientation Shelter at the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday July 20, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Sunday July 20, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Blue and Gray Bring the family and join a park ranger to see how the Civil War affected communities in the Smokies such as Cades Cove while you learn about the life of a Civil War soldier as a “recruit”. 1-2pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area at the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday July 20, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Wild by Design Program: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3:15pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday July 20, 2014  3:00pm at Newfound Gap area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Geology Rocks! Amaze your friends with newfound knowledge about how the Great Smoky Mountains were born, how huge they once were and how they keep changing over time. 3-3:45pm at the Newfound Gap Overlook.
     
  • Sunday July 20, 2014  5:30pm at Cataloochee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk Cataloochee is the best place to see our reintroduced elk herd. Come to the yellow Palmer House in Cataloochee Valley from 5:30-6:15pm to learn about the history of the elk through “show and tell” activities and then watch the elk come into in the fields!
     
  • Sunday July 20, 2014  8:45pm at Smokemont area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Night Hike Take a walk in the dark from 8:45-9:45pm with a ranger and learn about some of the mysteries and wonders of the Great Smoky Mountains found only after the sun goes down. This night hike is limited to 25 participants so you must call (828)497-1904 up to 4 days in advance to make reservations. Meet at the Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop in the Smokemont Campgrounds.
     
  • Saturday July 19, 2014  9:00am at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Old Town of Elkmont: Stroll through Elkmont with a ranger from 9-10:30am and learn about it when it was a turn-of-the-century logging boom town. Meet behind Elkmont Campground Entrance Station.
     
  • Saturday July 19, 2014  12:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    The "What Is It?" Walk! We all ask What is it? many times when we are in the Great Smoky Mountains. The mountain farm museum in Oconaluftee has many items that leave us with questions than answers, but now you can join a park ranger to learn just what it is! Oconaluftee Visitor Center from Noon-12:45pm
     
  • Saturday July 19, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Animal Olympics Compares your abilities to the animals of the park in this interactive and fun activity taking place at 1-1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday July 19, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Bear-mania! Do you want to know a lot about black bears which is the symbol of the Smokies? Learn from a ranger about them from 3-3:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday July 19, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers Come to Oconaluftee, roll up your pants and wade through a Smoky Mountains stream to look for salamanders, damselflies, and other critters. Be prepared to get wet and have fun! Taking place 2-3:30pm at the Oconaluftee River adjacent to the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday July 19, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Wild by Design Program: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3:15pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday July 19, 2014  7:00pm at Smokemont area of GSMNP
    Once upon a time… Come discover the real world of the American black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains. Find out what myths and legends are the truth or are pure fiction. Meet at the Smokemont Campground between C-Loop and D-Loop 7-8pm.
     
  • Saturday July 19, 2014  8:00pm at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    The Tree Army: The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was responsible for building trails, planting trees, raising fish, controlling fires, and developing facilities such as campgrounds and picnic areas in the park. Join a Park Ranger to learn about the legacy of the CCC in the Great Smoky Mountains national park and beyond. 8:00-8:45pm at the Elkmont Amphitheater in the Campgrounds.
     
  • Friday July 18, 2014  8:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Early Bird Hayride: Enjoy a ranger-led open air hayride from 8-10am viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of Cades Cove along with its interesting history. Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Friday July 18, 2014  10:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Batteries Not Included Join a ranger to discover what kinds of toys kids played with in the old days before video games, iPods and iPads. When it is over you will be able to take home a buzz button of your very own. All ages welcome. 10-10:30am, 10:30-11am, 11-11:30am, 11:30-noon at the Mountain Farm Museum, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Friday July 18, 2014  10:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Blacksmithing Limited to ages 10-12, this program teaches you about the blacksmith and you get to create your own item to take home. Meet at the Blacksmith Shop at the Mountain Farm Museum, adjacent to Oconaluftee Visitor Center. Taking place from 10-10:30am, 10:30-11am, 11-11:30am and 11:30-noon.
     
  • Friday July 18, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Friday July 18, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Range Program: Whose Poop is on my Boots? Grab the kids and meet a real ranger who will give you the scoop on animal skins, tracks, and…poop! Taking place from 1-2pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Friday July 18, 2014  3:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Oconaluftee River Trail Treasures: Walk with a ranger to discover what treasures can be found here in the Smokies along a river used for thousands of years by the locals. Meet at the Trailhead adjacent to Oconaluftee Visitor Center 3-4pm.
     
  • Friday July 18, 2014  8:45pm at Smokemont area of GSMNP
    Smokemont Night Hike: Move beyond the comfortable glow of the campfire and explore the Smokies nightlife from 8:45-9:45pm. Night hike is limited to 25 participants so reservations are required. Meet at the Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop Smokemont.
     
  • Friday July 18, 2014  9:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Night Hike: What could be more magical tan listening to the spirits of Cades Cove while enjoying a night-time walk in the cove? Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. 9-11pm. Meet at the Orientation Shelter at the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Thursday July 17, 2014  9:00am at Mount LeConte area of GSMNP
    Hike to Alum Cave Bluff: Interesting geology, old-growth trees, and panoramic views await you while joining a park ranger on one of the most diverse hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains taking place from 9am to Noon. Meet at the Alum Cave Bluff Trailhead on Newfound Gap Road.
     
  • Thursday July 17, 2014  9:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Walk: How Can You Tell? What was that? Was it a blue jay? Or a bluebird? Learn the valuable life skill of bird identification so you can be the one to know what kind of bird it is! Meet at the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center from 9-10am.
     
  • Thursday July 17, 2014  11:00am at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Family Adventure Hike on Little River Trail Not really sure what is the best way to explore the Smokies with the whole family? Join a park ranger from the Smokies to learn hiking basics and exploration techniques that are ranger-tested and kid-approved. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water for this easy trail. Meet at the Little River trailhead in Elkmont from 11am-2pm.
     
  • Thursday July 17, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Thursday July 17, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Wild by Design Program: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3:15pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Thursday July 17, 2014  3:30pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Awwww...Shucks! A hundred years ago corn was an essential element of life in the Smoky Mountains. Every single part of the corn plant was used, even the shucks. Join park staff to discover how versatile corn can be from 3:30-4:15pm at the Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Thursday July 17, 2014  5:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 5-7pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Thursday July 17, 2014  6:45pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Retiring the Colors Discover how to fold the American flag, why it has 13 stripes, when you salute it and more while assisting staff in retiring the colors in front of the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Meet at the flag pole in front of Sugarlands Visitor Center from 6:45-7:15pm.
     
  • Wednesday July 16, 2014  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Creepy Critters Join a Smoky Mountains ranger on this adventure into the dark and mysterious world of bugs and macro-invertebrates. Oohs and ahs are allowed! Meet at the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area Pavilion 11-12:30pm.
     
  • Wednesday July 16, 2014  11:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Can you guess? Do you want to know what wears a fur coat, is about the size of a breadbox, greets with nose kisses, but has never been to the North Pole? Come join Great Smoky Mountains park staff to find out the very surprising answer! Meet at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch 11-11:45am.
     
  • Wednesday July 16, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Wednesday July 16, 2014  12:30pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Do You Have Power? Join a ranger to learn what a carbon footprint is and how to leave a lighter one which will help protect the Great Smoky Mountains and the rest of the planet for future generations. 12:30 to 1:15pm at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch.
     
  • Wednesday July 16, 2014  1:00pm at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Being a Kid in the Mountains Schoolhouse Hike Join a ranger from 1-3pm at the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area Pavilion top learn what it was like to grow up in the Great Smoky Mountains before any of the modern conveniences we enjoy today. Learn from a park ranger about the chores that kids did as well as what they did for fun.
     
  • Wednesday July 16, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Longing for the Good Ol' Days:y Take a walk from 2-2:45 pm with a ranger to learn what life was like on a real Appalachian mountain farm. Meet at the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Wednesday July 16, 2014  5:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 5-7pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Wednesday July 16, 2014  8:15pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    A Waterfall by Lantern Light: See our famous Cataract Falls in a whole new way, with a ranger on a lantern-lit night stroll through the old Forks of the River community. Limited to 25 people and reservations are required by signing up at the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Takes place 8:15-9:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday July 15, 2014  10:00am at Clingmans Dome area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Pack Your Day Pack If you want to see scenic vistas, waterfalls and old homesites you have to hike on trails. What should you take with you on a day hike? Join a ranger and learn what it is you must pack before you hit the trails from 10-10:45am at the Clingmans Dome Trailhead.
     
  • Tuesday July 15, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Animal Olympics Compares your abilities to the animals of the park in this interactive and fun activity taking place at 10:30-11:15 and 1-1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Tuesday July 15, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Blacksmithing Being able to repair broken metal objects or making new ones was an important skill to have back in the day. See a live Blacksmithing presentation and actual metal working at the Blacksmith building near the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area at the back end of the Cades Cove Loop from 10:30am-3:45pm.
     
  • Tuesday July 15, 2014  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    School Days at Little Greenbrier: Take a trip back in time and learn what it was like to live in a community in the Smoky Mountains and attend school in a one-room schoolhouse. This program is conducted by someone who intimately knows firsthand the people who inhabited this part of the park. This program is fun for all ages, but space is limited so please arrive 15 minutes before program starts. Takes place from 11-noon in the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area.
     
  • Tuesday July 15, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Tuesday July 15, 2014  11:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Blue and Gray Bring the family and join a park ranger to see how the Civil War affected communities in the Smokies such as Cades Cove while you learn about the life of a Civil War soldier as a “recruit”. 11:30am-12:30 and 2-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area at the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Tuesday July 15, 2014  12:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Eeek! Bats! Do bats really suck blood? Do they really get caught in your hair? Are they a friend or foe? Let the ranger tell you the truth about these amazing creatures and the silent enemy among them. Meet on the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center from Noon -12:45pm.
     
  • Tuesday July 15, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    So You Want To Be A Park Ranger? What does a park ranger do in the Great Smoky Mountains? How do you become one? Join a ranger to get these and other questions answered about this exciting and rewarding job. From 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday July 15, 2014  5:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 5-7pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Monday July 14, 2014  8:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Early Bird Hayride: Enjoy a ranger-led open air hayride from 8-10am viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of Cades Cove along with its interesting history. Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Monday July 14, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Monday July 14, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Eager Weaver See what life was like in the old days by joining a ranger and learning the art of weaving using a loom from 1-1:45 pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Monday July 14, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers Come to Oconaluftee, roll up your pants and wade through a Smoky Mountains stream to look for salamanders, damselflies, and other critters. Be prepared to get wet and have fun! Taking place 2-3:30pm at the Oconaluftee River adjacent to the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Monday July 14, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Thinking Like a Bear: Learn from a ranger how the National Park Service manages wildlife such as black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains from 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Monday July 14, 2014  9:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Night Hike: What could be more magical tan listening to the spirits of Cades Cove while enjoying a night-time walk in the cove? Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. 9-11pm. Meet at the Orientation Shelter at the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday July 13, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Sunday July 13, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Blue and Gray Bring the family and join a park ranger to see how the Civil War affected communities in the Smokies such as Cades Cove while you learn about the life of a Civil War soldier as a “recruit”. 1-2pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area at the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday July 13, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Wild by Design Program: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3:15pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday July 13, 2014  3:00pm at Newfound Gap area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Geology Rocks! Amaze your friends with newfound knowledge about how the Great Smoky Mountains were born, how huge they once were and how they keep changing over time. 3-3:45pm at the Newfound Gap Overlook.
     
  • Sunday July 13, 2014  5:30pm at Cataloochee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk Cataloochee is the best place to see our reintroduced elk herd. Come to the yellow Palmer House in Cataloochee Valley from 5:30-6:15pm to learn about the history of the elk through “show and tell” activities and then watch the elk come into in the fields!
     
  • Sunday July 13, 2014  8:45pm at Smokemont area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Night Hike Take a walk in the dark from 8:45-9:45pm with a ranger and learn about some of the mysteries and wonders of the Great Smoky Mountains found only after the sun goes down. This night hike is limited to 25 participants so you must call (828)497-1904 up to 4 days in advance to make reservations. Meet at the Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop in the Smokemont Campgrounds.
     
  • Saturday July 12, 2014  9:00am at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Old Town of Elkmont: Stroll through Elkmont with a ranger from 9-10:30am and learn about it when it was a turn-of-the-century logging boom town. Meet behind Elkmont Campground Entrance Station.
     
  • Saturday July 12, 2014  12:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    The "What Is It?" Walk! We all ask What is it? many times when we are in the Great Smoky Mountains. The mountain farm museum in Oconaluftee has many items that leave us with questions than answers, but now you can join a park ranger to learn just what it is! Oconaluftee Visitor Center from Noon-12:45pm
     
  • Saturday July 12, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Animal Olympics Compares your abilities to the animals of the park in this interactive and fun activity taking place at 1-1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday July 12, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Bear-mania! Do you want to know a lot about black bears which is the symbol of the Smokies? Learn from a ranger about them from 3-3:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday July 12, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers Come to Oconaluftee, roll up your pants and wade through a Smoky Mountains stream to look for salamanders, damselflies, and other critters. Be prepared to get wet and have fun! Taking place 2-3:30pm at the Oconaluftee River adjacent to the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday July 12, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Wild by Design Program: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3:15pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday July 12, 2014  7:00pm at Smokemont area of GSMNP
    Once upon a time… Come discover the real world of the American black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains. Find out what myths and legends are the truth or are pure fiction. Meet at the Smokemont Campground between C-Loop and D-Loop 7-8pm.
     
  • Saturday July 12, 2014  8:00pm at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    The Tree Army: The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was responsible for building trails, planting trees, raising fish, controlling fires, and developing facilities such as campgrounds and picnic areas in the park. Join a Park Ranger to learn about the legacy of the CCC in the Great Smoky Mountains national park and beyond. 8:00-8:45pm at the Elkmont Amphitheater in the Campgrounds.
     
  • Friday July 11, 2014  8:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Early Bird Hayride: Enjoy a ranger-led open air hayride from 8-10am viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of Cades Cove along with its interesting history. Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Friday July 11, 2014  8:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Early Bird Hayride: Enjoy a ranger-led open air hayride from 8-10am viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of Cades Cove along with its interesting history. Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Friday July 11, 2014  10:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Batteries Not Included Join a ranger to discover what kinds of toys kids played with in the old days before video games, iPods and iPads. When it is over you will be able to take home a buzz button of your very own. All ages welcome. 10-10:30am, 10:30-11am, 11-11:30am, 11:30-noon at the Mountain Farm Museum, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Friday July 11, 2014  10:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Blacksmithing Limited to ages 10-12, this program teaches you about the blacksmith and you get to create your own item to take home. Meet at the Blacksmith Shop at the Mountain Farm Museum, adjacent to Oconaluftee Visitor Center. Taking place from 10-10:30am, 10:30-11am, 11-11:30am and 11:30-noon.
     
  • Friday July 11, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Friday July 11, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Range Program: Whose Poop is on my Boots? Grab the kids and meet a real ranger who will give you the scoop on animal skins, tracks, and…poop! Taking place from 1-2pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Friday July 11, 2014  3:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Oconaluftee River Trail Treasures: Walk with a ranger to discover what treasures can be found here in the Smokies along a river used for thousands of years by the locals. Meet at the Trailhead adjacent to Oconaluftee Visitor Center 3-4pm.
     
  • Friday July 11, 2014  8:45pm at Smokemont area of GSMNP
    Smokemont Night Hike: Move beyond the comfortable glow of the campfire and explore the Smokies nightlife from 8:45-9:45pm. Night hike is limited to 25 participants so reservations are required. Meet at the Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop Smokemont.
     
  • Friday July 11, 2014  9:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Night Hike: What could be more magical tan listening to the spirits of Cades Cove while enjoying a night-time walk in the cove? Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. 9-11pm. Meet at the Orientation Shelter at the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Thursday July 10, 2014  9:00am at Mount LeConte area of GSMNP
    Hike to Alum Cave Bluff: Interesting geology, old-growth trees, and panoramic views await you while joining a park ranger on one of the most diverse hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains taking place from 9am to Noon. Meet at the Alum Cave Bluff Trailhead on Newfound Gap Road.
     
  • Thursday July 10, 2014  9:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Walk: How Can You Tell? What was that? Was it a blue jay? Or a bluebird? Learn the valuable life skill of bird identification so you can be the one to know what kind of bird it is! Meet at the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center from 9-10am.
     
  • Thursday July 10, 2014  11:00am at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Family Adventure Hike on Little River Trail Not really sure what is the best way to explore the Smokies with the whole family? Join a park ranger from the Smokies to learn hiking basics and exploration techniques that are ranger-tested and kid-approved. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water for this easy trail. Meet at the Little River trailhead in Elkmont from 11am-2pm.
     
  • Thursday July 10, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Thursday July 10, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Wild by Design Program: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3:15pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Thursday July 10, 2014  3:30pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Awwww...Shucks! A hundred years ago corn was an essential element of life in the Smoky Mountains. Every single part of the corn plant was used, even the shucks. Join park staff to discover how versatile corn can be from 3:30-4:15pm at the Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Thursday July 10, 2014  5:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 5-7pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Thursday July 10, 2014  6:45pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Retiring the Colors Discover how to fold the American flag, why it has 13 stripes, when you salute it and more while assisting staff in retiring the colors in front of the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Meet at the flag pole in front of Sugarlands Visitor Center from 6:45-7:15pm.
     
  • Wednesday July 09, 2014  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Creepy Critters Join a Smoky Mountains ranger on this adventure into the dark and mysterious world of bugs and macro-invertebrates. Oohs and ahs are allowed! Meet at the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area Pavilion 11-12:30pm.
     
  • Wednesday July 09, 2014  11:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Can you guess? Do you want to know what wears a fur coat, is about the size of a breadbox, greets with nose kisses, but has never been to the North Pole? Come join Great Smoky Mountains park staff to find out the very surprising answer! Meet at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch 11-11:45am.
     
  • Wednesday July 09, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Wednesday July 09, 2014  12:30pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Do You Have Power? Join a ranger to learn what a carbon footprint is and how to leave a lighter one which will help protect the Great Smoky Mountains and the rest of the planet for future generations. 12:30 to 1:15pm at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch.
     
  • Wednesday July 09, 2014  1:00pm at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Being a Kid in the Mountains Schoolhouse Hike Join a ranger from 1-3pm at the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area Pavilion top learn what it was like to grow up in the Great Smoky Mountains before any of the modern conveniences we enjoy today. Learn from a park ranger about the chores that kids did as well as what they did for fun.
     
  • Wednesday July 09, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Longing for the Good Ol' Days: Take a walk from 2-2:45 pm with a ranger to learn what life was like on a real Appalachian mountain farm. Meet at the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Wednesday July 09, 2014  5:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 5-7pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Wednesday July 09, 2014  8:15pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    A Waterfall by Lantern Light: See our famous Cataract Falls in a whole new way, with a ranger on a lantern-lit night stroll through the old Forks of the River community. Limited to 25 people and reservations are required by signing up at the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Takes place 8:15-9:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday July 08, 2014  10:00am at Clingmans Dome area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Pack Your Day Pack If you want to see scenic vistas, waterfalls and old homesites you have to hike on trails. What should you take with you on a day hike? Join a ranger and learn what it is you must pack before you hit the trails from 10-10:45am at the Clingmans Dome Trailhead.
     
  • Tuesday July 08, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Animal Olympics Compares your abilities to the animals of the park in this interactive and fun activity taking place at 10:30-11:15 and 1-1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Tuesday July 08, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Blacksmithing Being able to repair broken metal objects or making new ones was an important skill to have back in the day. See a live Blacksmithing presentation and actual metal working at the Blacksmith building near the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area at the back end of the Cades Cove Loop from 10:30am-3:45pm.
     
  • Tuesday July 08, 2014  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    School Days at Little Greenbrier: Take a trip back in time and learn what it was like to live in a community in the Smoky Mountains and attend school in a one-room schoolhouse. This program is conducted by someone who intimately knows firsthand the people who inhabited this part of the park. This program is fun for all ages, but space is limited so please arrive 15 minutes before program starts. Takes place from 11-noon in the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area.
     
  • Tuesday July 08, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Tuesday July 08, 2014  11:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Blue and Gray Bring the family and join a park ranger to see how the Civil War affected communities in the Smokies such as Cades Cove while you learn about the life of a Civil War soldier as a “recruit”. 11:30am-12:30 and 2-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area at the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Tuesday July 08, 2014  12:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Eeek! Bats! Do bats really suck blood? Do they really get caught in your hair? Are they a friend or foe? Let the ranger tell you the truth about these amazing creatures and the silent enemy among them. Meet on the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center from Noon -12:45pm.
     
  • Tuesday July 08, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    So You Want To Be A Park Ranger? What does a park ranger do in the Great Smoky Mountains? How do you become one? Join a ranger to get these and other questions answered about this exciting and rewarding job. From 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday July 08, 2014  5:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 5-7pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Monday July 07, 2014  8:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Early Bird Hayride: Enjoy a ranger-led open air hayride from 8-10am viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of Cades Cove along with its interesting history. Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Monday July 07, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Monday July 07, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Eager Weaver See what life was like in the old days by joining a ranger and learning the art of weaving using a loom from 1-1:45 pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Monday July 07, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers Come to Oconaluftee, roll up your pants and wade through a Smoky Mountains stream to look for salamanders, damselflies, and other critters. Be prepared to get wet and have fun! Taking place 2-3:30pm at the Oconaluftee River adjacent to the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Monday July 07, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Thinking Like a Bear: Learn from a ranger how the National Park Service manages wildlife such as black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains from 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Monday July 07, 2014  9:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Night Hike: What could be more magical tan listening to the spirits of Cades Cove while enjoying a night-time walk in the cove? Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. 9-11pm. Meet at the Orientation Shelter at the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday July 06, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Sunday July 06, 2014  1:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Blue and Gray Bring the family and join a park ranger to see how the Civil War affected communities in the Smokies such as Cades Cove while you learn about the life of a Civil War soldier as a “recruit”. 1-2pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area at the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday July 06, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Wild by Design Program: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3:15pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday July 06, 2014  3:00pm at Newfound Gap area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Geology Rocks! Amaze your friends with newfound knowledge about how the Great Smoky Mountains were born, how huge they once were and how they keep changing over time. 3-3:45pm at the Newfound Gap Overlook.
     
  • Sunday July 06, 2014  5:30pm at Cataloochee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk Cataloochee is the best place to see our reintroduced elk herd. Come to the yellow Palmer House in Cataloochee Valley from 5:30-6:15pm to learn about the history of the elk through “show and tell” activities and then watch the elk come into in the fields!
     
  • Sunday July 06, 2014  8:45pm at Smokemont area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Night Hike Take a walk in the dark from 8:45-9:45pm with a ranger and learn about some of the mysteries and wonders of the Great Smoky Mountains found only after the sun goes down. This night hike is limited to 25 participants so you must call (828)497-1904 up to 4 days in advance to make reservations. Meet at the Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop in the Smokemont Campgrounds.
     
  • Saturday July 05, 2014  9:00am at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Old Town of Elkmont: Stroll through Elkmont with a ranger from 9-10:30am and learn about it when it was a turn-of-the-century logging boom town. Meet behind Elkmont Campground Entrance Station.
     
  • Saturday July 05, 2014  12:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    The "What Is It?" Walk! We all ask What is it? many times when we are in the Great Smoky Mountains. The mountain farm museum in Oconaluftee has many items that leave us with questions than answers, but now you can join a park ranger to learn just what it is! Oconaluftee Visitor Center from Noon-12:45pm
     
  • Saturday July 05, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Animal Olympics Compares your abilities to the animals of the park in this interactive and fun activity taking place at 1-1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday July 05, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Bear-mania! Do you want to know a lot about black bears which is the symbol of the Smokies? Learn from a ranger about them from 3-3:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday July 05, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers Come to Oconaluftee, roll up your pants and wade through a Smoky Mountains stream to look for salamanders, damselflies, and other critters. Be prepared to get wet and have fun! Taking place 2-3:30pm at the Oconaluftee River adjacent to the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday July 05, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Wild by Design Program: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3:15pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday July 05, 2014  7:00pm at Smokemont area of GSMNP
    Once upon a time… Come discover the real world of the American black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains. Find out what myths and legends are the truth or are pure fiction. Meet at the Smokemont Campground between C-Loop and D-Loop 7-8pm.
     
  • Saturday July 05, 2014  8:00pm at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    The Tree Army: The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was responsible for building trails, planting trees, raising fish, controlling fires, and developing facilities such as campgrounds and picnic areas in the park. Join a Park Ranger to learn about the legacy of the CCC in the Great Smoky Mountains national park and beyond. 8:00-8:45pm at the Elkmont Amphitheater in the Campgrounds.
     
  • Friday July 04, 2014  8:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Early Bird Hayride: Enjoy a ranger-led open air hayride from 8-10am viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of Cades Cove along with its interesting history. Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Friday July 04, 2014  10:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Batteries Not Included Join a ranger to discover what kinds of toys kids played with in the old days before video games, iPods and iPads. When it is over you will be able to take home a buzz button of your very own. All ages welcome. 10-10:30am, 10:30-11am, 11-11:30am, 11:30-noon at the Mountain Farm Museum, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Friday July 04, 2014  10:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Blacksmithing Limited to ages 10-12, this program teaches you about the blacksmith and you get to create your own item to take home. Meet at the Blacksmith Shop at the Mountain Farm Museum, adjacent to Oconaluftee Visitor Center. Taking place from 10-10:30am, 10:30-11am, 11-11:30am and 11:30-noon.
     
  • Friday July 04, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Friday July 04, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Range Program: Whose Poop is on my Boots? Grab the kids and meet a real ranger who will give you the scoop on animal skins, tracks, and…poop! Taking place from 1-2pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Friday July 04, 2014  3:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Oconaluftee River Trail Treasures: Walk with a ranger to discover what treasures can be found here in the Smokies along a river used for thousands of years by the locals. Meet at the Trailhead adjacent to Oconaluftee Visitor Center 3-4pm.
     
  • Friday July 04, 2014  8:45pm at Smokemont area of GSMNP
    Smokemont Night Hike: Move beyond the comfortable glow of the campfire and explore the Smokies nightlife from 8:45-9:45pm. Night hike is limited to 25 participants so reservations are required. Meet at the Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop Smokemont.
     
  • Friday July 04, 2014  9:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Night Hike: What could be more magical tan listening to the spirits of Cades Cove while enjoying a night-time walk in the cove? Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. 9-11pm. Meet at the Orientation Shelter at the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Thursday July 03, 2014  9:00am at Mount LeConte area of GSMNP
    Hike to Alum Cave Bluff: Interesting geology, old-growth trees, and panoramic views await you while joining a park ranger on one of the most diverse hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains taking place from 9am to Noon. Meet at the Alum Cave Bluff Trailhead on Newfound Gap Road.
     
  • Thursday July 03, 2014  9:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Walk: How Can You Tell? What was that? Was it a blue jay? Or a bluebird? Learn the valuable life skill of bird identification so you can be the one to know what kind of bird it is! Meet at the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center from 9-10am.
     
  • Thursday July 03, 2014  11:00am at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Family Adventure Hike on Little River Trail Not really sure what is the best way to explore the Smokies with the whole family? Join a park ranger from the Smokies to learn hiking basics and exploration techniques that are ranger-tested and kid-approved. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water for this easy trail. Meet at the Little River trailhead in Elkmont from 11am-2pm.
     
  • Thursday July 03, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Thursday July 03, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Wild by Design Program: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3:15pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Thursday July 03, 2014  3:30pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Awwww...Shucks! A hundred years ago corn was an essential element of life in the Smoky Mountains. Every single part of the corn plant was used, even the shucks. Join park staff to discover how versatile corn can be from 3:30-4:15pm at the Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Thursday July 03, 2014  5:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 5-7pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Thursday July 03, 2014  6:45pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Retiring the Colors Discover how to fold the American flag, why it has 13 stripes, when you salute it and more while assisting staff in retiring the colors in front of the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Meet at the flag pole in front of Sugarlands Visitor Center from 6:45-7:15pm.
     
  • Wednesday July 02, 2014  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Creepy Critters Join a Smoky Mountains ranger on this adventure into the dark and mysterious world of bugs and macro-invertebrates. Oohs and ahs are allowed! Meet at the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area Pavilion 11-12:30pm.
     
  • Wednesday July 02, 2014  11:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Can you guess? Do you want to know what wears a fur coat, is about the size of a breadbox, greets with nose kisses, but has never been to the North Pole? Come join Great Smoky Mountains park staff to find out the very surprising answer! Meet at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch 11-11:45am.
     
  • Wednesday July 02, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Wednesday July 02, 2014  12:30pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Do You Have Power? Join a ranger to learn what a carbon footprint is and how to leave a lighter one which will help protect the Great Smoky Mountains and the rest of the planet for future generations. 12:30 to 1:15pm at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch.
     
  • Wednesday July 02, 2014  1:00pm at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Being a Kid in the Mountains Schoolhouse Hike Join a ranger from 1-3pm at the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area Pavilion top learn what it was like to grow up in the Great Smoky Mountains before any of the modern conveniences we enjoy today. Learn from a park ranger about the chores that kids did as well as what they did for fun.
     
  • Wednesday July 02, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Longing for the Good Ol' Days: Take a walk from 2-2:45 pm with a ranger to learn what life was like on a real Appalachian mountain farm. Meet at the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Wednesday July 02, 2014  5:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 5-7pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Wednesday July 02, 2014  8:15pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    A Waterfall by Lantern Light: See our famous Cataract Falls in a whole new way, with a ranger on a lantern-lit night stroll through the old Forks of the River community. Limited to 25 people and reservations are required by signing up at the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Takes place 8:15-9:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday July 01, 2014  10:00am at Clingmans Dome area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Pack Your Day Pack If you want to see scenic vistas, waterfalls and old homesites you have to hike on trails. What should you take with you on a day hike? Join a ranger and learn what it is you must pack before you hit the trails from 10-10:45am at the Clingmans Dome Trailhead.
     
  • Tuesday July 01, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Animal Olympics Compares your abilities to the animals of the park in this interactive and fun activity taking place at 10:30-11:15 and 1-1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Tuesday July 01, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Blacksmithing Being able to repair broken metal objects or making new ones was an important skill to have back in the day. See a live Blacksmithing presentation and actual metal working at the Blacksmith building near the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area at the back end of the Cades Cove Loop from 10:30am-3:45pm.
     
  • Tuesday July 01, 2014  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    School Days at Little Greenbrier: Take a trip back in time and learn what it was like to live in a community in the Smoky Mountains and attend school in a one-room schoolhouse. This program is conducted by someone who intimately knows firsthand the people who inhabited this part of the park. This program is fun for all ages, but space is limited so please arrive 15 minutes before program starts. Takes place from 11-noon in the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area.
     
  • Tuesday July 01, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Tuesday July 01, 2014  11:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Blue and Gray Bring the family and join a park ranger to see how the Civil War affected communities in the Smokies such as Cades Cove while you learn about the life of a Civil War soldier as a “recruit”. 11:30am-12:30 and 2-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area at the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Tuesday July 01, 2014  12:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Eeek! Bats! Do bats really suck blood? Do they really get caught in your hair? Are they a friend or foe? Let the ranger tell you the truth about these amazing creatures and the silent enemy among them. Meet on the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center from Noon -12:45pm.
     
  • Tuesday July 01, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    So You Want To Be A Park Ranger? What does a park ranger do in the Great Smoky Mountains? How do you become one? Join a ranger to get these and other questions answered about this exciting and rewarding job. From 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday July 01, 2014  5:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 5-7pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     

June 2014 Events in the Great Smoky Mountains Natl Park

  • Monday June 30, 2014  8:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Early Bird Hayride: Enjoy a ranger-led open air hayride from 8-10am viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of Cades Cove along with its interesting history. Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Monday June 30, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Monday June 30, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Eager Weaver See what life was like in the old days by joining a ranger and learning the art of weaving using a loom from 1-1:45 pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Monday June 30, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers Come to Oconaluftee, roll up your pants and wade through a Smoky Mountains stream to look for salamanders, damselflies, and other critters. Be prepared to get wet and have fun! Taking place 2-3:30pm at the Oconaluftee River adjacent to the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Monday June 30, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Thinking Like a Bear: Learn from a ranger how the National Park Service manages wildlife such as black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains from 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Monday June 30, 2014  9:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Night Hike: What could be more magical tan listening to the spirits of Cades Cove while enjoying a night-time walk in the cove? Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. 9-11pm. Meet at the Orientation Shelter at the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday June 29, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Sunday June 29, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Blue and Gray Bring the family and join a park ranger to see how the Civil War affected communities in the Smokies such as Cades Cove while you learn about the life of a Civil War soldier as a “recruit”. 1-2pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area at the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday June 29, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Wild by Design Program: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3:15pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday June 29, 2014  3:00pm at Newfound Gap area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Geology Rocks! Amaze your friends with newfound knowledge about how the Great Smoky Mountains were born, how huge they once were and how they keep changing over time. 3-3:45pm at the Newfound Gap Overlook.
     
  • Sunday June 29, 2014  5:30pm at Cataloochee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk Cataloochee is the best place to see our reintroduced elk herd. Come to the yellow Palmer House in Cataloochee Valley from 5:30-6:15pm to learn about the history of the elk through “show and tell” activities and then watch the elk come into in the fields!
     
  • Sunday June 29, 2014  8:45pm at Smokemont area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Night Hike Take a walk in the dark from 8:45-9:45pm with a ranger and learn about some of the mysteries and wonders of the Great Smoky Mountains found only after the sun goes down. This night hike is limited to 25 participants so you must call (828)497-1904 up to 4 days in advance to make reservations. Meet at the Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop in the Smokemont Campgrounds.
     
  • Saturday June 28, 2014  9:00am at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Old Town of Elkmont: Stroll through Elkmont with a ranger from 9-10:30am and learn about it when it was a turn-of-the-century logging boom town. Meet behind Elkmont Campground Entrance Station.
     
  • Saturday June 28, 2014  12:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    The "What Is It?" Walk! We all ask What is it? many times when we are in the Great Smoky Mountains. The mountain farm museum in Oconaluftee has many items that leave us with questions than answers, but now you can join a park ranger to learn just what it is! Oconaluftee Visitor Center from Noon-12:45pm
     
  • Saturday June 28, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Animal Olympics Compares your abilities to the animals of the park in this interactive and fun activity taking place at 1-1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday June 28, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Bear-mania! Do you want to know a lot about black bears which is the symbol of the Smokies? Learn from a ranger about them from 3-3:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday June 28, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers Come to Oconaluftee, roll up your pants and wade through a Smoky Mountains stream to look for salamanders, damselflies, and other critters. Be prepared to get wet and have fun! Taking place 2-3:30pm at the Oconaluftee River adjacent to the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday June 28, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Wild by Design Program: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3:15pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday June 28, 2014  7:00pm at Smokemont area of GSMNP
    Once upon a time… Come discover the real world of the American black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains. Find out what myths and legends are the truth or are pure fiction. Meet at the Smokemont Campground between C-Loop and D-Loop 7-8pm.
     
  • Saturday June 28, 2014  8:00pm at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    The Tree Army: The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was responsible for building trails, planting trees, raising fish, controlling fires, and developing facilities such as campgrounds and picnic areas in the park. Join a Park Ranger to learn about the legacy of the CCC in the Great Smoky Mountains national park and beyond. 8:00-8:45pm at the Elkmont Amphitheater in the Campgrounds.
     
  • Friday June 27, 2014  8:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Early Bird Hayride: Enjoy a ranger-led open air hayride from 8-10am viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of Cades Cove along with its interesting history. Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Friday June 27, 2014  10:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Batteries Not Included Join a ranger to discover what kinds of toys kids played with in the old days before video games, iPods and iPads. When it is over you will be able to take home a buzz button of your very own. All ages welcome. 10-10:30am, 10:30-11am, 11-11:30am, 11:30-noon at the Mountain Farm Museum, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Friday June 27, 2014  10:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Blacksmithing Limited to ages 10-12, this program teaches you about the blacksmith and you get to create your own item to take home. Meet at the Blacksmith Shop at the Mountain Farm Museum, adjacent to Oconaluftee Visitor Center. Taking place from 10-10:30am, 10:30-11am, 11-11:30am and 11:30-noon.
     
  • Friday June 27, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Friday June 27, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Range Program: Whose Poop is on my Boots? Grab the kids and meet a real ranger who will give you the scoop on animal skins, tracks, and…poop! Taking place from 1-2pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Friday June 27, 2014  3:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Oconaluftee River Trail Treasures: Walk with a ranger to discover what treasures can be found here in the Smokies along a river used for thousands of years by the locals. Meet at the Trailhead adjacent to Oconaluftee Visitor Center 3-4pm.
     
  • Friday June 27, 2014  8:45pm at Smokemont area of GSMNP
    Smokemont Night Hike: Move beyond the comfortable glow of the campfire and explore the Smokies nightlife from 8:45-9:45pm. Night hike is limited to 25 participants so reservations are required. Meet at the Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop Smokemont.
     
  • Friday June 27, 2014  9:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Night Hike: What could be more magical tan listening to the spirits of Cades Cove while enjoying a night-time walk in the cove? Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. 9-11pm. Meet at the Orientation Shelter at the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Thursday June 26, 2014  9:00am at Mount LeConte area of GSMNP
    Hike to Alum Cave Bluff: Interesting geology, old-growth trees, and panoramic views await you while joining a park ranger on one of the most diverse hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains taking place from 9am to Noon. Meet at the Alum Cave Bluff Trailhead on Newfound Gap Road.
     
  • Thursday June 26, 2014  9:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Walk: How Can You Tell? What was that? Was it a blue jay? Or a bluebird? Learn the valuable life skill of bird identification so you can be the one to know what kind of bird it is! Meet at the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center from 9-10am.
     
  • Thursday June 26, 2014  11:00am at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Family Adventure Hike on Little River Trail Not really sure what is the best way to explore the Smokies with the whole family? Join a park ranger from the Smokies to learn hiking basics and exploration techniques that are ranger-tested and kid-approved. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water for this easy trail. Meet at the Little River trailhead in Elkmont from 11am-2pm.
     
  • Thursday June 26, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Thursday June 26, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Wild by Design Program: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3:15pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Thursday June 26, 2014  3:30pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Awwww...Shucks! A hundred years ago corn was an essential element of life in the Smoky Mountains. Every single part of the corn plant was used, even the shucks. Join park staff to discover how versatile corn can be from 3:30-4:15pm at the Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Thursday June 26, 2014  5:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 5-7pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Thursday June 26, 2014  6:45pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Retiring the Colors Discover how to fold the American flag, why it has 13 stripes, when you salute it and more while assisting staff in retiring the colors in front of the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Meet at the flag pole in front of Sugarlands Visitor Center from 6:45-7:15pm.
     
  • Wednesday June 25, 2014  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Creepy Critters Join a Smoky Mountains ranger on this adventure into the dark and mysterious world of bugs and macro-invertebrates. Oohs and ahs are allowed! Meet at the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area Pavilion 11-12:30pm.
     
  • Wednesday June 25, 2014  11:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Can you guess? Do you want to know what wears a fur coat, is about the size of a breadbox, greets with nose kisses, but has never been to the North Pole? Come join Great Smoky Mountains park staff to find out the very surprising answer! Meet at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch 11-11:45am.
     
  • Wednesday June 25, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Wednesday June 25, 2014  12:30pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Do You Have Power? Join a ranger to learn what a carbon footprint is and how to leave a lighter one which will help protect the Great Smoky Mountains and the rest of the planet for future generations. 12:30 to 1:15pm at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch.
     
  • Wednesday June 25, 2014  1:00pm at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Being a Kid in the Mountains Schoolhouse Hike Join a ranger from 1-3pm at the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area Pavilion top learn what it was like to grow up in the Great Smoky Mountains before any of the modern conveniences we enjoy today. Learn from a park ranger about the chores that kids did as well as what they did for fun.
     
  • Wednesday June 25, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Longing for the Good Ol' Days: Take a walk from 2-2:45 pm with a ranger to learn what life was like on a real Appalachian mountain farm. Meet at the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Wednesday June 25, 2014  5:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 5-7pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Wednesday June 25, 2014  8:15pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    A Waterfall by Lantern Light: See our famous Cataract Falls in a whole new way, with a ranger on a lantern-lit night stroll through the old Forks of the River community. Limited to 25 people and reservations are required by signing up at the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Takes place 8:15-9:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday June 24, 2014  10:00am at Clingmans Dome area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Pack Your Day Pack If you want to see scenic vistas, waterfalls and old homesites you have to hike on trails. What should you take with you on a day hike? Join a ranger and learn what it is you must pack before you hit the trails from 10-10:45am at the Clingmans Dome Trailhead.
     
  • Tuesday June 24, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Animal Olympics Compares your abilities to the animals of the park in this interactive and fun activity taking place at 10:30-11:15 and 1-1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Tuesday June 24, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Blacksmithing Being able to repair broken metal objects or making new ones was an important skill to have back in the day. See a live Blacksmithing presentation and actual metal working at the Blacksmith building near the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area at the back end of the Cades Cove Loop from 10:30am-3:45pm.
     
  • Tuesday June 24, 2014  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    School Days at Little Greenbrier: Take a trip back in time and learn what it was like to live in a community in the Smoky Mountains and attend school in a one-room schoolhouse. This program is conducted by someone who intimately knows firsthand the people who inhabited this part of the park. This program is fun for all ages, but space is limited so please arrive 15 minutes before program starts. Takes place from 11-noon in the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area.
     
  • Tuesday June 24, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Tuesday June 24, 2014  11:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Blue and Gray Bring the family and join a park ranger to see how the Civil War affected communities in the Smokies such as Cades Cove while you learn about the life of a Civil War soldier as a “recruit”. 11:30am-12:30 and 2-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area at the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Tuesday June 24, 2014  12:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Eeek! Bats! Do bats really suck blood? Do they really get caught in your hair? Are they a friend or foe? Let the ranger tell you the truth about these amazing creatures and the silent enemy among them. Meet on the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center from Noon -12:45pm.
     
  • Tuesday June 24, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    So You Want To Be A Park Ranger? What does a park ranger do in the Great Smoky Mountains? How do you become one? Join a ranger to get these and other questions answered about this exciting and rewarding job. From 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday June 24, 2014  5:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 5-7pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Monday June 23, 2014  8:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Early Bird Hayride: Enjoy a ranger-led open air hayride from 8-10am viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of Cades Cove along with its interesting history. Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Monday June 23, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Monday June 23, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Eager Weaver See what life was like in the old days by joining a ranger and learning the art of weaving using a loom from 1-1:45 pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Monday June 23, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers Come to Oconaluftee, roll up your pants and wade through a Smoky Mountains stream to look for salamanders, damselflies, and other critters. Be prepared to get wet and have fun! Taking place 2-3:30pm at the Oconaluftee River adjacent to the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Monday June 23, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Thinking Like a Bear: Learn from a ranger how the National Park Service manages wildlife such as black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains from 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Monday June 23, 2014  9:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Night Hike: What could be more magical tan listening to the spirits of Cades Cove while enjoying a night-time walk in the cove? Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. 9-11pm. Meet at the Orientation Shelter at the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday June 22, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Sunday June 22, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Blue and Gray Bring the family and join a park ranger to see how the Civil War affected communities in the Smokies such as Cades Cove while you learn about the life of a Civil War soldier as a “recruit”. 1-2pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area at the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday June 22, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Wild by Design Program: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3:15pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday June 22, 2014  3:00pm at Newfound Gap area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Geology Rocks! Amaze your friends with newfound knowledge about how the Great Smoky Mountains were born, how huge they once were and how they keep changing over time. 3-3:45pm at the Newfound Gap Overlook.
     
  • Sunday June 22, 2014  5:30pm at Cataloochee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk Cataloochee is the best place to see our reintroduced elk herd. Come to the yellow Palmer House in Cataloochee Valley from 5:30-6:15pm to learn about the history of the elk through “show and tell” activities and then watch the elk come into in the fields!
     
  • Sunday June 22, 2014  8:45pm at Smokemont area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Night Hike Take a walk in the dark from 8:45-9:45pm with a ranger and learn about some of the mysteries and wonders of the Great Smoky Mountains found only after the sun goes down. This night hike is limited to 25 participants so you must call (828)497-1904 up to 4 days in advance to make reservations. Meet at the Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop in the Smokemont Campgrounds.
     
  • Saturday June 21, 2014  12:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Wild by Design Program: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3:15pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday June 21, 2014  9:00am at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Old Town of Elkmont: Stroll through Elkmont with a ranger from 9-10:30am and learn about it when it was a turn-of-the-century logging boom town. Meet behind Elkmont Campground Entrance Station.
     
  • Saturday June 21, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Animal Olympics Compares your abilities to the animals of the park in this interactive and fun activity taking place at 1-1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday June 21, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Bear-mania! Do you want to know a lot about black bears which is the symbol of the Smokies? Learn from a ranger about them from 3-3:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday June 21, 2014  8:00pm at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    The Tree Army: The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was responsible for building trails, planting trees, raising fish, controlling fires, and developing facilities such as campgrounds and picnic areas in the park. Join a Park Ranger to learn about the legacy of the CCC in the Great Smoky Mountains national park and beyond. 8:00-8:45pm at the Elkmont Amphitheater in the Campgrounds.
     
  • Friday June 20, 2014  8:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Early Bird Hayride: Enjoy a ranger-led open air hayride from 8-10am viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of Cades Cove along with its interesting history. Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Friday June 20, 2014  10:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Batteries Not Included Join a ranger to discover what kinds of toys kids played with in the old days before video games, iPods and iPads. When it is over you will be able to take home a buzz button of your very own. All ages welcome. 10-10:30am, 10:30-11am, 11-11:30am, 11:30-noon at the Mountain Farm Museum, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Friday June 20, 2014  10:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Blacksmithing Limited to ages 10-12, this program teaches you about the blacksmith and you get to create your own item to take home. Meet at the Blacksmith Shop at the Mountain Farm Museum, adjacent to Oconaluftee Visitor Center. Taking place from 10-10:30am, 10:30-11am, 11-11:30am and 11:30-noon.
     
  • Friday June 20, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Friday June 20, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Range Program: Whose Poop is on my Boots? Grab the kids and meet a real ranger who will give you the scoop on animal skins, tracks, and…poop! Taking place from 1-2pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Friday June 20, 2014  3:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Oconaluftee River Trail Treasures: Walk with a ranger to discover what treasures can be found here in the Smokies along a river used for thousands of years by the locals. Meet at the Trailhead adjacent to Oconaluftee Visitor Center 3-4pm.
     
  • Friday June 20, 2014  8:45pm at Smokemont area of GSMNP
    Smokemont Night Hike: Move beyond the comfortable glow of the campfire and explore the Smokies nightlife from 8:45-9:45pm. Night hike is limited to 25 participants so reservations are required. Meet at the Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop Smokemont.
     
  • Friday June 20, 2014  9:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Night Hike: What could be more magical tan listening to the spirits of Cades Cove while enjoying a night-time walk in the cove? Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. 9-11pm. Meet at the Orientation Shelter at the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Thursday June 19, 2014  9:00am at Mount LeConte area of GSMNP
    Hike to Alum Cave Bluff: Interesting geology, old-growth trees, and panoramic views await you while joining a park ranger on one of the most diverse hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains taking place from 9am to Noon. Meet at the Alum Cave Bluff Trailhead on Newfound Gap Road.
     
  • Thursday June 19, 2014  9:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Walk: How Can You Tell? What was that? Was it a blue jay? Or a bluebird? Learn the valuable life skill of bird identification so you can be the one to know what kind of bird it is! Meet at the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center from 9-10am.
     
  • Thursday June 19, 2014  11:00am at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Family Adventure Hike on Little River Trail Not really sure what is the best way to explore the Smokies with the whole family? Join a park ranger from the Smokies to learn hiking basics and exploration techniques that are ranger-tested and kid-approved. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water for this easy trail. Meet at the Little River trailhead in Elkmont from 11am-2pm.
     
  • Thursday June 19, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Thursday June 19, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Wild by Design Program: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3:15pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Thursday June 19, 2014  3:30pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Awwww...Shucks! A hundred years ago corn was an essential element of life in the Smoky Mountains. Every single part of the corn plant was used, even the shucks. Join park staff to discover how versatile corn can be from 3:30-4:15pm at the Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Thursday June 19, 2014  5:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 5-7pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Thursday June 19, 2014  6:45pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Retiring the Colors Discover how to fold the American flag, why it has 13 stripes, when you salute it and more while assisting staff in retiring the colors in front of the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Meet at the flag pole in front of Sugarlands Visitor Center from 6:45-7:15pm.
     
  • Wednesday June 18, 2014  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Creepy Critters Join a Smoky Mountains ranger on this adventure into the dark and mysterious world of bugs and macro-invertebrates. Oohs and ahs are allowed! Meet at the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area Pavilion 11-12:30pm.
     
  • Wednesday June 18, 2014  11:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Can you guess? Do you want to know what wears a fur coat, is about the size of a breadbox, greets with nose kisses, but has never been to the North Pole? Come join Great Smoky Mountains park staff to find out the very surprising answer! Meet at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch 11-11:45am.
     
  • Wednesday June 18, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Wednesday June 18, 2014  12:30pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Do You Have Power? Join a ranger to learn what a carbon footprint is and how to leave a lighter one which will help protect the Great Smoky Mountains and the rest of the planet for future generations. 12:30 to 1:15pm at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch.
     
  • Wednesday June 18, 2014  1:00pm at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Being a Kid in the Mountains Schoolhouse Hike Join a ranger from 1-3pm at the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area Pavilion top learn what it was like to grow up in the Great Smoky Mountains before any of the modern conveniences we enjoy today. Learn from a park ranger about the chores that kids did as well as what they did for fun.
     
  • Wednesday June 18, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Longing for the Good Ol' Days: Take a walk from 2-2:45 pm with a ranger to learn what life was like on a real Appalachian mountain farm. Meet at the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Wednesday June 18, 2014  5:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 5-7pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Wednesday June 18, 2014  8:15pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    A Waterfall by Lantern Light: See our famous Cataract Falls in a whole new way, with a ranger on a lantern-lit night stroll through the old Forks of the River community. Limited to 25 people and reservations are required by signing up at the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Takes place 8:15-9:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday June 17, 2014  10:00am at Clingmans Dome area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Pack Your Day Pack If you want to see scenic vistas, waterfalls and old homesites you have to hike on trails. What should you take with you on a day hike? Join a ranger and learn what it is you must pack before you hit the trails from 10-10:45am at the Clingmans Dome Trailhead.
     
  • Tuesday June 17, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Animal Olympics Compares your abilities to the animals of the park in this interactive and fun activity taking place at 10:30-11:15 and 1-1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Tuesday June 17, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Blacksmithing Being able to repair broken metal objects or making new ones was an important skill to have back in the day. See a live Blacksmithing presentation and actual metal working at the Blacksmith building near the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area at the back end of the Cades Cove Loop from 10:30am-3:45pm.
     
  • Tuesday June 17, 2014  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    School Days at Little Greenbrier: Take a trip back in time and learn what it was like to live in a community in the Smoky Mountains and attend school in a one-room schoolhouse. This program is conducted by someone who intimately knows firsthand the people who inhabited this part of the park. This program is fun for all ages, but space is limited so please arrive 15 minutes before program starts. Takes place from 11-noon in the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area.
     
  • Tuesday June 17, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Tuesday June 17, 2014  11:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Blue and Gray Bring the family and join a park ranger to see how the Civil War affected communities in the Smokies such as Cades Cove while you learn about the life of a Civil War soldier as a “recruit”. 11:30am-12:30 and 2-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area at the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Tuesday June 17, 2014  12:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Eeek! Bats! Do bats really suck blood? Do they really get caught in your hair? Are they a friend or foe? Let the ranger tell you the truth about these amazing creatures and the silent enemy among them. Meet on the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center from Noon -12:45pm.
     
  • Tuesday June 17, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    So You Want To Be A Park Ranger? What does a park ranger do in the Great Smoky Mountains? How do you become one? Join a ranger to get these and other questions answered about this exciting and rewarding job. From 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday June 17, 2014  5:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Evening Hayride: The best way to end the day in the Smokies is to join a ranger for an evening open-air hayride in Cades Cove where you will see wildlife and history come to life. 5-7pm Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Monday June 16, 2014  8:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Early Bird Hayride: Enjoy a ranger-led open air hayride from 8-10am viewing wildlife and discovering the diversity of Cades Cove along with its interesting history. Meet at the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Cost is $14.00 per person.
     
  • Monday June 16, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Monday June 16, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Eager Weaver See what life was like in the old days by joining a ranger and learning the art of weaving using a loom from 1-1:45 pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Monday June 16, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers Come to Oconaluftee, roll up your pants and wade through a Smoky Mountains stream to look for salamanders, damselflies, and other critters. Be prepared to get wet and have fun! Taking place 2-3:30pm at the Oconaluftee River adjacent to the Mountain Farm Museum behind the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
     
  • Monday June 16, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Thinking Like a Bear: Learn from a ranger how the National Park Service manages wildlife such as black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains from 2-2:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Monday June 16, 2014  9:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Night Hike: What could be more magical tan listening to the spirits of Cades Cove while enjoying a night-time walk in the cove? Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. 9-11pm. Meet at the Orientation Shelter at the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday June 15, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk on a path with a creek to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains national park on the parks most popular guided hike. Families who hike in the GSMNP can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center 11am-noon.
     
  • Sunday June 15, 2014  1:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Blue and Gray Bring the family and join a park ranger to see how the Civil War affected communities in the Smokies such as Cades Cove while you learn about the life of a Civil War soldier as a “recruit”. 1-2pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area at the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday June 15, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Wild by Design Program: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3:15pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday June 15, 2014  3:00pm at Newfound Gap area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Geology Rocks! Amaze your friends with newfound knowledge about how the Great Smoky Mountains were born, how huge they once were and how they keep changing over time. 3-3:45pm at the Newfound Gap Overlook.
     
  • Sunday June 15, 2014  5:30pm at Cataloochee area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Smoky Mountain Elk Cataloochee is the best place to see our reintroduced elk herd. Come to the yellow Palmer House in Cataloochee Valley from 5:30-6:15pm to learn about the history of the elk through “show and tell” activities and then watch the elk come into in the fields!
     
  • Sunday June 15, 2014  8:45pm at Smokemont area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Night Hike Take a walk in the dark from 8:45-9:45pm with a ranger and learn about some of the mysteries and wonders of the Great Smoky Mountains found only after the sun goes down. This night hike is limited to 25 participants so you must call (828)497-1904 up to 4 days in advance to make reservations. Meet at the Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop in the Smokemont Campgrounds.
     
  • Saturday June 14, 2014  9:00am at Elkmont area of GSMNP
    Old Town of Elkmont: Stroll through Elkmont with a ranger from 9-10:30am and learn about it when it was a turn-of-the-century logging boom town. Meet behind Elkmont Campground Entrance Station.
     
  • Saturday June 14, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Animal Olympics Compares your abilities to the animals of the park in this interactive and fun activity taking place at 1-1:45pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday June 14, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Bear-mania! Do you want to know a lot about black bears which is the symbol of the Smokies? Learn from a ranger about them from 3-3:45pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday June 14, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Wild by Design Program: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination 2:30-3:15pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday June 07, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Traditional Old Time Music: Enjoy live Appalachian music performed by the group Tymes Past. Hear how music which has its roots from the old world was adapted by European settlers to create the unique sounds that are part of the lifestyle in the Appalachians. Performances from 10:30am to 4pm by the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Friday June 06, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Traditional Old Time Music: Enjoy live Appalachian music performed by the group Tymes Past. Hear how music which has its roots from the old world was adapted by European settlers to create the unique sounds that are part of the lifestyle in the Appalachians. Performances from 10:30am to 4pm by the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Thursday June 05, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Traditional Old Time Music: Enjoy live Appalachian music performed by the group Tymes Past. Hear how music which has its roots from the old world was adapted by European settlers to create the unique sounds that are part of the lifestyle in the Appalachians. Performances from 10:30am to 4pm by the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Wednesday June 04, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Traditional Old Time Music: Enjoy live Appalachian music performed by the group Tymes Past. Hear how music which has its roots from the old world was adapted by European settlers to create the unique sounds that are part of the lifestyle in the Appalachians. Performances from 10:30am to 4pm by the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Wednesday June 04, 2014  7:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Firefly Viewing Event in Elkmont: Firefly Trolleys run from the Sugarlands Visitor Center to Elkmont and back starting at 7pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance as well as parking passes for the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Only registered campers in Elmont can drive into Elkmont starting late in the afternoon. No parking is allowed between the Sugarlands and Metcalf Bottoms starting late in the afternoon. For more information visit www.YourSmokies.com/firefliesinthesmokies.html
     

May 2014 Events in the Great Smoky Mountains Natl Park

  • Saturday May 31, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Traditional Old Time Music: Enjoy live Appalachian music performed by the group Tymes Past. Hear how music which has its roots from the old world was adapted by European settlers to create the unique sounds that are part of the lifestyle in the Appalachians. Performances from 10:30am to 4pm by the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Friday May 30, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Traditional Old Time Music: Enjoy live Appalachian music performed by the group Tymes Past. Hear how music which has its roots from the old world was adapted by European settlers to create the unique sounds that are part of the lifestyle in the Appalachians. Performances from 10:30am to 4pm by the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Thursday May 29, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Traditional Old Time Music: Enjoy live Appalachian music performed by the group Tymes Past. Hear how music which has its roots from the old world was adapted by European settlers to create the unique sounds that are part of the lifestyle in the Appalachians. Performances from 10:30am to 4pm by the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Wednesday May 28, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Traditional Old Time Music: Enjoy live Appalachian music performed by the group Tymes Past. Hear how music which has its roots from the old world was adapted by European settlers to create the unique sounds that are part of the lifestyle in the Appalachians. Performances from 10:30am to 4pm by the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Monday May 26, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Quilting Demonstration: No just for decoration, quilting was a way to pass down family history and add beauty with function to households in the Smokies. Watch and learn the techniques of quilting from 10:30am - 4pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center at the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday May 25, 2014  10:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Blacksmith Demonstration: Being able to repair broken metal objects or making new ones was an important skill to have back in the day. See a live Blacksmithing presentation and actual metal working at the Blacksmith building near the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area at the back end of the Cades Cove Loop from 10am-4pm.
     
  • Sunday May 25, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Quilting Demonstration: No just for decoration, quilting was a way to pass down family history and add beauty with function to households in the Smokies. Watch and learn the techniques of quilting from 10:30am - 4pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center at the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday May 24, 2014  10:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Blacksmith Demonstration: Being able to repair broken metal objects or making new ones was an important skill to have back in the day. See a live Blacksmithing presentation and actual metal working at the Blacksmith building near the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area at the back end of the Cades Cove Loop from 10am-4pm.
     
  • Saturday May 24, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Traditional Old Time Music: Enjoy live Appalachian music performed by the group Tymes Past. Hear how music which has its roots from the old world was adapted by European settlers to create the unique sounds that are part of the lifestyle in the Appalachians. Performances from 10:30am to 4pm by the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday May 24, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Quilting Demonstration: No just for decoration, quilting was a way to pass down family history and add beauty with function to households in the Smokies. Watch and learn the techniques of quilting from 10:30am - 4pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center at the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Friday May 23, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Traditional Old Time Music: Enjoy live Appalachian music performed by the group Tymes Past. Hear how music which has its roots from the old world was adapted by European settlers to create the unique sounds that are part of the lifestyle in the Appalachians. Performances from 10:30am to 4pm by the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Friday May 23, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Quilting Demonstration: No just for decoration, quilting was a way to pass down family history and add beauty with function to households in the Smokies. Watch and learn the techniques of quilting from 10:30am - 4pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center at the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Thursday May 22, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Traditional Old Time Music: Enjoy live Appalachian music performed by the group Tymes Past. Hear how music which has its roots from the old world was adapted by European settlers to create the unique sounds that are part of the lifestyle in the Appalachians. Performances from 10:30am to 4pm by the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Wednesday May 21, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Traditional Old Time Music: Enjoy live Appalachian music performed by the group Tymes Past. Hear how music which has its roots from the old world was adapted by European settlers to create the unique sounds that are part of the lifestyle in the Appalachians. Performances from 10:30am to 4pm by the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday May 17, 2014  10:00am at Cosby area of GSMNP
    Cosby in the Park: Join one of the most popular events in the Great Smoky Mountains national park that celebrates Southern Appalachian culture with music, hikes, and demonstrations of blacksmithing, quilting, corn shuck dolls and crafts, old time toys, natural foods and medicinal plants, and other folk arts. Always surprising. Always fun! Taking place from 10am - 4 pm at the Cosby Campground Amphitheatre and around the picnic area.
     
  • Saturday May 17, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Traditional Old Time Music: Enjoy live Appalachian music performed by the group Tymes Past. Hear how music which has its roots from the old world was adapted by European settlers to create the unique sounds that are part of the lifestyle in the Appalachians. Performances from 10:30am to 4pm by the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday May 17, 2014  1:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Back Porch Old Time Music: Join us on the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Back Porch from 1-3pm for a musical jam session. All levels of playing are welcome and audience members are encouraged to tap their feet!
     
  • Friday May 16, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Traditional Old Time Music: Enjoy live Appalachian music performed by the group Tymes Past. Hear how music which has its roots from the old world was adapted by European settlers to create the unique sounds that are part of the lifestyle in the Appalachians. Performances from 10:30am to 4pm by the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Thursday May 15, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Traditional Old Time Music: Enjoy live Appalachian music performed by the group Tymes Past. Hear how music which has its roots from the old world was adapted by European settlers to create the unique sounds that are part of the lifestyle in the Appalachians. Performances from 10:30am to 4pm by the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Thursday May 15, 2014  8:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Full Moon Walk: See Cades Cove a whole new way as an easy 2 mile hike at night under the stars and with a full moon! Meet at the Orientation Shelter at the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop Road for a walk that goes from 8-10pm. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.
     
  • Wednesday May 14, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Traditional Old Time Music: Enjoy live Appalachian music performed by the group Tymes Past. Hear how music which has its roots from the old world was adapted by European settlers to create the unique sounds that are part of the lifestyle in the Appalachians. Performances from 10:30am to 4pm by the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Sunday May 11, 2014  10:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Blacksmith Demonstration: Being able to repair broken metal objects or making new ones was an important skill to have back in the day. See a live Blacksmithing presentation and actual metal working at the Blacksmith building near the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area at the back end of the Cades Cove Loop from 10am-4pm.
     
  • Saturday May 10, 2014  10:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Blacksmith Demonstration: Being able to repair broken metal objects or making new ones was an important skill to have back in the day. See a live Blacksmithing presentation and actual metal working at the Blacksmith building near the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area at the back end of the Cades Cove Loop from 10am-4pm.
     
  • Saturday May 10, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Traditional Old Time Music: Enjoy live Appalachian music performed by the group Tymes Past. Hear how music which has its roots from the old world was adapted by European settlers to create the unique sounds that are part of the lifestyle in the Appalachians. Performances from 10:30am to 4pm by the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday May 10, 2014  10:30am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Busy Beavers in the Smokies: The Great Smoky Mountains flat-tailed engineer has been hard at work in the Oconaluftee area. Meet at the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center by the Mountain Farm Museum from 10:30 to 11:15am to learn about the elusive beaver and see where they have been working.
     
  • Saturday May 10, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall with a ranger and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains the plants, the wildlife and the people. This guided hike is a perfect introduction to the park and starts in front of the Sugarlands Visitor Center lasting from 11:00am to 12:00pm.
     
  • Saturday May 10, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Join a real Park Ranger by the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area from 1-1:45 for a hands-on exploration of the Smokies and its inhabitants. Earn credit towards for earning a Junior Ranger badge and certificate for attending and participating in this program.
     
  • Saturday May 10, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Range ‘s Choice: Join a ranger at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 1-2pm to learn all about the wondrous diversity of life in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With so much to learn about in the Smokies such as salamanders, black bears, to wildflowers who know what you will learn!
     
  • Saturday May 10, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Wild by Design Program: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination from 2:30-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road
     
  • Friday May 09, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Traditional Old Time Music: Enjoy live Appalachian music performed by the group Tymes Past. Hear how music which has its roots from the old world was adapted by European settlers to create the unique sounds that are part of the lifestyle in the Appalachians. Performances from 10:30am to 4pm by the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Friday May 09, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall with a ranger and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains the plants, the wildlife and the people. This guided hike is a perfect introduction to the park and starts in front of the Sugarlands Visitor Center lasting from 11:00am to 12:00pm.
     
  • Friday May 09, 2014  1:30pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Logging in the Smokies: Before the Great Smoky Mountains was a national park, one of the key industries that shaped the landscape as well as provided jobs was logging. See how logging was done and its effects in the Smokies at the Sugarlands Visitor Center Theater between 1:30-2:15.
     
  • Friday May 09, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Newborns of Spring in the GSMNP: Spring means fresh flowers and green leaves, it also means that there are newborns of all types in the Great Smoky Mountains too. Join a ranger on the porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center by the Mountain Farm Museum from 2-2:45pm and re-discover life as a newborn in the Smokies!
     
  • Thursday May 08, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Traditional Old Time Music: Enjoy live Appalachian music performed by the group Tymes Past. Hear how music which has its roots from the old world was adapted by European settlers to create the unique sounds that are part of the lifestyle in the Appalachians. Performances from 10:30am to 4pm by the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Thursday May 08, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall with a ranger and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains the plants, the wildlife and the people. This guided hike is a perfect introduction to the park and starts in front of the Sugarlands Visitor Center lasting from 11:00am to 12:00pm.
     
  • Wednesday May 07, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Traditional Old Time Music: Enjoy live Appalachian music performed by the group Tymes Past. Hear how music which has its roots from the old world was adapted by European settlers to create the unique sounds that are part of the lifestyle in the Appalachians. Performances from 10:30am to 4pm by the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Wednesday May 07, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall with a ranger and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains the plants, the wildlife and the people. This guided hike is a perfect introduction to the park and starts in front of the Sugarlands Visitor Center lasting from 11:00am to 12:00pm.
     
  • Wednesday May 07, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Old Times on Fighting Creek: Take a short guided walk from 1-2pm through the woods to the John Ownby Cabin and learn about what life was like in the Fighting Creek community before the Great Smoky Mountains national park was established. Walk starts at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday May 06, 2014  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    Little Greenbrier School: Take a trip back in time and learn what it was like to live in a community in the Smoky Mountains and attend school in a one-room schoolhouse. This program is conducted by someone who intimately knows firsthand the people who inhabited this part of the park. This program is fun for all ages, but space is limited so please arrive 15 minutes before program starts. Takes place from 11-noon in the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area.
     
  • Tuesday May 06, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall with a ranger and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains the plants, the wildlife and the people. This guided hike is a perfect introduction to the park and starts in front of the Sugarlands Visitor Center lasting from 11:00am to 12:00pm.
     
  • Tuesday May 06, 2014  2:00pm at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    Little Greenbrier School: Take a trip back in time and learn what it was like to live in a community in the Smoky Mountains and attend school in a one-room schoolhouse. This program is conducted by someone who intimately knows firsthand the people who inhabited this part of the park. This program is fun for all ages, but space is limited so please arrive 15 minutes before program starts. Takes place from 2-3pm in the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area.
     
  • Monday May 05, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall with a ranger and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains the plants, the wildlife and the people. This guided hike is a perfect introduction to the park and starts in front of the Sugarlands Visitor Center lasting from 11:00am to 12:00pm.
     
  • Monday May 05, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Take a Walk With a Ranger: Even though the topics and the destinations vary, take a short walk from 2-3pm in the Smokies with a park ranger and learn about local history, wildlife or flowering plants and trees. Questions encouraged! Meet at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Sunday May 04, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall with a ranger and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains the plants, the wildlife and the people. This guided hike is a perfect introduction to the park and starts in front of the Sugarlands Visitor Center lasting from 11:00am to 12:00pm.
     
  • Sunday May 04, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Join a real Park Ranger by the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area from 1-1:45 for a hands-on exploration of the Smokies and its inhabitants. Earn credit towards for earning a Junior Ranger badge and certificate for attending and participating in this program.
     
  • Sunday May 04, 2014  1:30pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Bear With Us: Join a ranger at the Sugarlands Visitor Center Patio from 1:30-2pm to learn fascinating facts about one of our favorite inhabitants of the Smoky Mountains, our back bear. Hint: there are about 2 bear per square mile in the park!
     
  • Sunday May 04, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    The "What Is It?" Walk!: The Oconaluftee Mountain Farm Museum has many curious items that leave us with more questions than answers. Meet a ranger at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center porch next to the farm so you ask can ask "What Is It?" and explore the fascinating answers from 2-2:45pm.
     
  • Saturday May 03, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Traditional Old Time Music: Enjoy live Appalachian music performed by the group Tymes Past. Hear how music which has its roots from the old world was adapted by European settlers to create the unique sounds that are part of the lifestyle in the Appalachians. Performances from 10:30am to 4pm by the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Saturday May 03, 2014  10:30am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Busy Beavers in the Smokies: The Great Smoky Mountains flat-tailed engineer has been hard at work in the Oconaluftee area. Meet at the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center by the Mountain Farm Museum from 10:30 to 11:15am to learn about the elusive beaver and see where they have been working.
     
  • Saturday May 03, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall with a ranger and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains the plants, the wildlife and the people. This guided hike is a perfect introduction to the park and starts in front of the Sugarlands Visitor Center lasting from 11:00am to 12:00pm.
     
  • Saturday May 03, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Join a real Park Ranger by the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area from 1-1:45 for a hands-on exploration of the Smokies and its inhabitants. Earn credit towards for earning a Junior Ranger badge and certificate for attending and participating in this program.
     
  • Saturday May 03, 2014  1:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Back Porch Old Time Music: Join us on the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Back Porch from 1-3pm for a musical jam session. All levels of playing are welcome and audience members are encouraged to tap their feet!
     
  • Saturday May 03, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Range ‘s Choice: Join a ranger at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 1-2pm to learn all about the wondrous diversity of life in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With so much to learn about in the Smokies such as salamanders, black bears, to wildflowers who know what you will learn!
     
  • Saturday May 03, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Wild by Design Program: Experience and hands-on demonstration of what lives in the park and makes them so fascination from 2:30-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area, which is in the back end of the Cades Cove Loop Road
     
  • Friday May 02, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Traditional Old Time Music: Enjoy live Appalachian music performed by the group Tymes Past. Hear how music which has its roots from the old world was adapted by European settlers to create the unique sounds that are part of the lifestyle in the Appalachians. Performances from 10:30am to 4pm by the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the Cable Mill area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Friday May 02, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall with a ranger and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains the plants, the wildlife and the people. This guided hike is a perfect introduction to the park and starts in front of the Sugarlands Visitor Center lasting from 11:00am to 12:00pm.
     
  • Friday May 02, 2014  1:30pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Logging in the Smokies: Before the Great Smoky Mountains was a national park, one of the key industries that shaped the landscape as well as provided jobs was logging. See how logging was done and its effects in the Smokies at the Sugarlands Visitor Center Theater between 1:30-2:15.
     
  • Friday May 02, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Newborns of Spring in the GSMNP: Spring means fresh flowers and green leaves, it also means that there are newborns of all types in the Great Smoky Mountains too. Join a ranger on the porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center by the Mountain Farm Museum from 2-2:45pm and re-discover life as a newborn in the Smokies!
     
  • Thursday May 01, 2014  10:30am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Traditional Old Time Music: Come on out to the Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable Mill area half way around the Cades Cove Loop Road and enjoy music gleamed from the old world and altered to a unique lifestyle in the Appalachians performed by the group Tymes Past from 10:30am to 4:00pm.
     
  • Thursday May 01, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     

April 2014 Events in the Great Smoky Mountains Natl Park

  • Wednesday April 30, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Wednesday April 30, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Old Times on Fighting Creek: Learn about what life was like in the Fighting Creek community before the park was established while taking a short walk to the John Ownby Cabin from 1-2pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday April 29, 2014  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    Little Greenbrier School: Go back in time and attend school in a 1-room school house and learn what life and the cumminty were like in days go by. Space is limited. From 11-noon at the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area
     
  • Tuesday April 29, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Tuesday April 29, 2014  2:00pm at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    Little Greenbrier School: Go back in time and attend school in a 1-room school house and learn what life and the cumminty were like in days go by. Space is limited. From 2-3pm at the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area
     
  • Monday April 28, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Monday April 28, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Take a Walk With a Ranger Enjoy a Smokies walk and lecture with a ranger about various topics such as history or wildlife from 2-3pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Sunday April 27, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Sunday April 27, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Exploration of Smokies Imagine you and a Ranger exploring the Smokies and earning credit to a Junior Ranger Badge! At the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the back end of Cades Cove from 1 to 1:45 pm
     
  • Sunday April 27, 2014  1:30pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Bear with Us: Learn all about black bears at the Sugarlands Visitor Center Patio from 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm
     
  • Sunday April 27, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    The "What Is It?" Walk: Learn the answer to this and many other questions about the Smokies at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center porch from 2 to 2:45pm
     
  • Saturday April 26, 2014  10:00am at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    National Junior Ranger Day: From 10 am to 2pm your kids can join Park Rangers at the Cades Cove Visitor Center for a fun-filled day of hands-on activities and earn a junior ranger patch and certificate!
     
  • Saturday April 26, 2014  10:00am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    National Junior Ranger Day: From 10 am to 2pm your kids can join Park Rangers at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center for a fun-filled day of hands-on activities and earn a junior ranger patch and certificate!
     
  • Saturday April 26, 2014  10:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Music of the Mountains: Music of the Mountains festival was created to share the rich musical traditions of the Southern Appalachians. This performance will be held from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
     
  • Saturday April 26, 2014  10:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    National Junior Ranger Day: From 10am to 2pm your kids can join Park Rangers at the Sugarlands Visitor Center for a fun-filled day of hands-on activities and earn a junior ranger patch and certificate!
     
  • Saturday April 26, 2014  10:30am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Busy Beavers: Learn about North Americas flat-tailed engineer and see where they have been working in the Oconaluftee area from 10:30-11:15am at the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
     
  • Saturday April 26, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Saturday April 26, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Exploration of Smokies Imagine you and a Ranger exploring the Smokies and earning credit to a Junior Ranger Badge! At the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the back end of Cades Cove from 1 to 1:45 pm
     
  • Saturday April 26, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Rangers Choice Join a Park Ranger in order to learn about the diversity of life such as bears, wilflower, salamanders and more in the Smokies 1-2 pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday April 26, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    WILD By Design Program: A talk and hands-on demonstration with a ranger about the what's wild in the park from 2:30-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Friday April 25, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Friday April 25, 2014  1:30pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Logging in the Smokies Discover how logging in the early 1900s changed the Smokies landscape along with what "misery whips and woodhicks" are in the Sugarlands Visitor Center Theater from 1:30-2:15pm
     
  • Friday April 25, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Newborns of Spring: Join a ranger to re-discover life as spring season brings ushers in newborns of all kinds in the Smokies from 2-2:45 pm at the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
     
  • Thursday April 24, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Wednesday April 23, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Wednesday April 23, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Old Times on Fighting Creek: Learn about what life was like in the Fighting Creek community before the park was established while taking a short walk to the John Ownby Cabin from 1-2pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday April 22, 2014  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    Little Greenbrier School: Go back in time and attend school in a 1-room school house and learn what life and the cumminty were like in days go by. Space is limited. From 11-noon at the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area
     
  • Tuesday April 22, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Tuesday April 22, 2014  2:00pm at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    Little Greenbrier School: Go back in time and attend school in a 1-room school house and learn what life and the cumminty were like in days go by. Space is limited. From 2-3pm at the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area
     
  • Monday April 21, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Monday April 21, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Take a Walk With a Ranger Enjoy a Smokies walk and lecture with a ranger about various topics such as history or wildlife from 2-3pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Sunday April 20, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Sunday April 20, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Exploration of Smokies Imagine you and a Ranger exploring the Smokies and earning credit to a Junior Ranger Badge! At the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the back end of Cades Cove from 1 to 1:45 pm
     
  • Sunday April 20, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Bear with Us: Learn all about black bears at the Sugarlands Visitor Center Patio from 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm
     
  • Sunday April 20, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    The "What Is It?" Walk: Learn the answer to this and many other questions about the Smokies at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center porch from 2 to 2:45pm
     
  • Saturday April 19, 2014  10:30am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Busy Beavers: Learn about North Americas flat-tailed engineer and see where they have been working in the Oconaluftee area from 10:30-11:15am at the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
     
  • Saturday April 19, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Saturday April 19, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Exploration of Smokies Imagine you and a Ranger exploring the Smokies and earning credit to a Junior Ranger Badge! At the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the back end of Cades Cove from 1 to 1:45 pm
     
  • Saturday April 19, 2014  1:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Back Porch Old Time Music: Join in or just watch as musicians of all skill levels join in for a musical jam session on the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch from 1-3 pm.
     
  • Saturday April 19, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Rangers Choice Join a Park Ranger in order to learn about the diversity of life such as bears, wilflower, salamanders and more in the Smokies 1-2 pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday April 19, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    WILD By Design Program: A talk and hands-on demonstration with a ranger about the what's wild in the park from 2:30-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Friday April 18, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Friday April 18, 2014  1:30pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Logging in the Smokies Discover how logging in the early 1900s changed the Smokies landscape along with what "misery whips and woodhicks" are in the Sugarlands Visitor Center Theater from 1:30-2:15pm
     
  • Friday April 18, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Newborns of Spring: Join a ranger to re-discover life as spring season brings ushers in newborns of all kinds in the Smokies from 2-2:45 pm at the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
     
  • Thursday April 17, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Wednesday April 16, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Wednesday April 16, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Old Times on Fighting Creek: Learn about what life was like in the Fighting Creek community before the park was established while taking a short walk to the John Ownby Cabin from 1-2pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday April 15, 2014  11:00am at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    Little Greenbrier School: Go back in time and attend school in a 1-room school house and learn what life and the cumminty were like in days go by. Space is limited. From 11-noon at the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area
     
  • Tuesday April 15, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Tuesday April 15, 2014  2:00pm at Metcalf Bottoms area of GSMNP
    Little Greenbrier School: Go back in time and attend school in a 1-room school house and learn what life and the cumminty were like in days go by. Space is limited. From 2-3pm at the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area
     
  • Tuesday April 15, 2014  8:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Cades Cove Full Moon Walk: Meet at the Orientation Shelter at the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop Road for a fun and easy 2 mile nighttime walk under the full moon from 8-10pm.
     
  • Monday April 14, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Monday April 14, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Take a Walk With a Ranger Enjoy a Smokies walk and lecture with a ranger about various topics such as history or wildlife from 2-3pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Sunday April 13, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Sunday April 13, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Exploration of Smokies Imagine you and a Ranger exploring the Smokies and earning credit to a Junior Ranger Badge! At the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the back end of Cades Cove from 1 to 1:45 pm
     
  • Sunday April 13, 2014  1:30pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Bear with Us: Learn all about black bears at the Sugarlands Visitor Center Patio from 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm
     
  • Sunday April 13, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    The "What Is It?" Walk: Learn the answer to this and many other questions about the Smokies at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center porch from 2 to 2:45pm
     
  • Saturday April 12, 2014  10:30am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Busy Beavers: Learn about North Americas flat-tailed engineer and see where they have been working in the Oconaluftee area from 10:30-11:15am at the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
     
  • Saturday April 12, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Saturday April 12, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Exploration of Smokies Imagine you and a Ranger exploring the Smokies and earning credit to a Junior Ranger Badge! At the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the back end of Cades Cove from 1 to 1:45 pm
     
  • Saturday April 12, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Rangers Choice Join a Park Ranger in order to learn about the diversity of life such as bears, wilflower, salamanders and more in the Smokies 1-2 pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Saturday April 12, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    WILD By Design Program: A talk and hands-on demonstration with a ranger about the what's wild in the park from 2:30-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Friday April 11, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Friday April 11, 2014  1:30pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Logging in the Smokies Discover how logging in the early 1900s changed the Smokies landscape along with what "misery whips and woodhicks" are in the Sugarlands Visitor Center Theater from 1:30-2:15pm
     
  • Friday April 11, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Newborns of Spring: Join a ranger to re-discover life as spring season brings ushers in newborns of all kinds in the Smokies from 2-2:45 pm at the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
     
  • Thursday April 10, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Wednesday April 09, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Wednesday April 09, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Old Times on Fighting Creek: Learn about what life was like in the Fighting Creek community before the park was established while taking a short walk to the John Ownby Cabin from 1-2pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday April 08, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Monday April 07, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Monday April 07, 2014  2:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Take a Walk With a Ranger Enjoy a Smokies walk and lecture with a ranger about various topics such as history or wildlife from 2-3pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Sunday April 06, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Sunday April 06, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Exploration of Smokies Imagine you and a Ranger exploring the Smokies and earning credit to a Junior Ranger Badge! At the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the back end of Cades Cove from 1 to 1:45 pm
     
  • Sunday April 06, 2014  1:30pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Bear with Us: Learn all about black bears at the Sugarlands Visitor Center Patio from 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm
     
  • Sunday April 06, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    The "What Is It?" Walk: Learn the answer to this and many other questions about the Smokies at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center porch from 2 to 2:45pm
     
  • Saturday April 05, 2014  10:30am at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Busy Beavers: Learn about North Americas flat-tailed engineer and see where they have been working in the Oconaluftee area from 10:30-11:15am at the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
     
  • Saturday April 05, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Saturday April 05, 2014  1:00pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger Program: Exploration of Smokies Imagine you and a Ranger exploring the Smokies and earning credit to a Junior Ranger Badge! At the Cades Cove Visitor Center in the back end of Cades Cove from 1 to 1:45 pm
     
  • Saturday April 05, 2014  1:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Back Porch Old Time Music: Join in or just watch as musicians of all skill levels join in for a musical jam session on the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch from 1-3 pm.
     
  • Saturday April 05, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Junior Ranger: Rangers Choice Join a Park Ranger in order to learn about the diversity of life such as bears, wilflower, salamanders and more in the Smokies 1-2 pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center
     
  • Saturday April 05, 2014  2:30pm at Cades Cove area of GSMNP
    WILD By Design Program: A talk and hands-on demonstration with a ranger about the what's wild in the park from 2:30-3pm at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area in the back end of Cades Cove Loop Road.
     
  • Friday April 04, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Friday April 04, 2014  1:30pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Logging in the Smokies Discover how logging in the early 1900s changed the Smokies landscape along with what "misery whips and woodhicks" are in the Sugarlands Visitor Center Theater from 1:30-2:15pm
     
  • Friday April 04, 2014  2:00pm at Oconaluftee area of GSMNP
    Newborns of Spring: Join a ranger to re-discover life as spring season brings ushers in newborns of all kinds in the Smokies from 2-2:45 pm at the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center
     
  • Thursday April 03, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Wednesday April 02, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     
  • Wednesday April 02, 2014  1:00pm at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Old Times on Fighting Creek: Learn about what life was like in the Fighting Creek community before the park was established while taking a short walk to the John Ownby Cabin from 1-2pm at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
     
  • Tuesday April 01, 2014  11:00am at Sugarlands area of GSMNP
    Cataract Falls Walk: Take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall and learn about the Great Smokies starting at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 11:00am to 12:00pm
     


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