Our Mission Great Smoky Mountains Association supports the perpetual preservation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the national park system by promoting greater public interest and appreciation through education, interpretation, and research.


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Experience the Smokies With more than 9 million visitors annually, Great Smoky Mountains National Park attracts individuals with a wide range of recreational and educational desires. Popular activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, sightseeing, auto-touring, and fishing.
Latest News
Feb 25 Q&A with Superintendent Cash Feb 25, 2015 To me, the formidable challenge we all face is the difference in values between generations, not the differences between the eastern and western part of the state."  - GSMNP Superintendent Cassius Cash Read More >
Feb 25 Ranger’s old-fashioned toys take top APPL award Feb 25, 2015 Remember when fun-filled hours of play had absolutely nothing to do with technology? When your grandpa could fashion a toy with his whittling knife in an afternoon? Read More >
Feb 25 February 2015 - Where in the park are we? Feb 25, 2015 This bridge, I decided, must be the Biltmore House of park bridges. So strong, so solid, so never going to be washed away in a flood. What’s it doing out here on Bradley Creek? Read More >
Feb 20 64th Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage Feb 20, 2015 Organizers of this year’s Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, April 21-25, have enhanced the 65-year-old event with a birding theme. Read More >
Jan 29 Experience Your Smokies Jan 29, 2015 Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in conjunction with Great Smoky Mountain Association and the Friends of the Smokies, announces a special opportunity to experience the Smokies. Read More >
Jan 28 January 2015 - Where in the park are we? Jan 28, 2015 Follow social media the way I do (not 24/7, but close), and you’re bound to stumble upon more than a few disagreements. Take for example the heated discussion taking place on Hike the Smokies’ Facebook page. Read More >
Jan 20 GSMA to attend 25th WWW Jan 20, 2015 Renew your membership. Buy a winter scene long-sleeve t-shirt. Learn more about how Great Smoky Mountains Association supports this amazing national park. Read More >
Jan 16 New Firewood Regs designed to combat invasive species Jan 16, 2015 Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced regulation changes that will help protect park forests by limiting the type of firewood brought into the park. Read More >
Jan 09 More than 10 million people visit park in 2014 Jan 9, 2015 Great Smoky Mountains National Park welcomed more than 10 million visitors in 2014, just the fourth time in 80 years and the first time since 2000.... Read More >
Dec 10 GSMA completes $3.4M investment in North Carolina side of the Smokies Dec 10, 2014 With the opening of the Swain County Visitor Center in downtown Bryson City this past September, Great Smoky Mountains Association wrote its final check toward a $3.46 million investment.... Read More >
Dec 08 Alum Cave Trail to close for repairs Dec 8, 2014 Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that the next full-scale, Trails Forever restoration will begin on Alum Cave Trail in 2015. Read More >
Dec 04 Public Open Houses to Welcome New Park Superintendent Dec 4, 2014 The public is invited to four open house opportunities to meet and welcome new GSMNP Superintendent Cassius Cash to the Smokies. Read More >
Nov 14 Collections Preservation Center Groundbreaking Nov 14, 2014 National Park Service officials were joined by representatives from Senator Bob Corker’s office, Representative John Duncan’s office, Friends of the Smokies, Great Smoky Mountains Association.... Read More >
Oct 20 Our Southern Highlanders Update released Oct 20, 2014 Great Smoky Mountains Association announced this week the release of a new edition of “Our Southern Highlanders,” the classic collection of essays on mountain life and lore by author Kephart.... Read More >
Oct 14 Mountains for the Masses Oct 14, 2014 As one of the largest and wildest national parks in the East and as America’s most visited national park, Great Smoky Mountains has a long history that is both dramatic and highly influential..... Read More >
Jul 08 Carroll Best and the White Oak String Band Jul 8, 2014 Recently recovered recordings of Haywood County, N.C., musicians made nearly 60 years ago – which an Appalachian music expert describes as “the missing link between old-time string music and bluegrass”... Read More >
Jul 03 GSMA Wins APPL Awards Jul 3, 2014 Great Smoky Mountains Association earned two first-place awards and four honorable mentions in the Media and Partnership Awards competition... Read More >

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