Greenbrier Open To Public

Greenbrier Open To Public. Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers announced the Greenbrier area of GSMNP reopened to all public use at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 7, 2021. The area closed January 11, 2021 to replace the Ramsey Prong bridge and the Porters Creek culvert. Construction crews completed repairs before the scheduled date of May 15, 2021. All trails, roads, and facilities in Greenbrier are fully accessible to the public.

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Smoky Mountain Tamale Recipe

Smoky Mountain Tamale's are yummy in my tummy!

Smoky Mountain Tamales are yummy in my tummy!

Smoky Mountain Tamale recipe. Homemade tamales are always a Smoky Mountain special event! Did you know that the Smoky Mountains are on the edge of the historic tamale trail? That is right.  Delicious Latin food and culture migrated through this area as it progressed to the North Eastern United States from the Mississippi Delta. The city of Knoxville is still heavily influenced by this cuisine today. Tamales are highly portable and easy to make so it is no wonder they were just as popular then as now.

The Smoky Mountain Cherokee are no strangers to the delights of tamale consumption either! Their version was called bean bread or broadswords and were made with hominy. They boiled corn with wood ashes to make the masa. They stuffed the masa with beans, wrapped them with green corn leaves, cooked and chowed down. Could you imagine creating this simple dish in the vast wilderness of the Smoky Mountains by an open fire? We hope you enjoy this Tamale recipe and feel free to send us some pics especially if you make them on your next Smoky Mountain trip!

Smoky Mountain Tamale recipe.

Marco’s Coca Cola Pineapple Pork Recipe Ingredients:

Twenty ounces of Coca Cola

Three pound pork roast

Salt and Pepper

Fresh Pineapple slices

Chili flakes

Four tablespoons Worcestershire (Wooster) sauce

Masa Ingredients:

Two cups masa harina

Ten ounces of beef broth

One half teaspoon salt

One teaspoon of baking powder

Two-thirds cup of lard (Yes lard, because it makes them so delicious!)

Eight ounces of corn husks

One cup of sour cream (optional)

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Great Smoky Mountain Synchronous Firefly Lottery

Smoky Mountain synchronous firefly dates announced.
Smoky Mountain synchronous firefly dates announced.

Great Smoky Mountain Synchronous Firefly Lottery will begin Friday, April, 30 2021 at 10:00 a.m. through Monday, May 3, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.. Those interested can participate in the lottery by visiting www.recreation.gov. The synchronous firefly event will begin Tuesday, June 1, 2021 and end Tuesday, June 8, 2021.

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Smoky Mountain Interstate Wildlife Crossing

The Pigeon River gorge interstate wildlife crossing will provide safe passage for bear, elk and their furry friends!
The Pigeon River gorge interstate wildlife crossing will provide safe passage for bear, elk and their furry friends!

Smoky Mountain Interstate Wildlife Crossing project plans to facilitate safe passage for area wildlife. Insuring a better way for wildlife to traverse the Pigeon River Gorge is the goal of the I-40 Pigeon River Gorge Wildlife Crossing Project designed to prevent close encounters of the fatal kind between animals and autos.

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Cades Cove Car Ban

Cades Cove Car Ban!
The Cades Cove car ban will allow walkers, runners and bikers an opportunity to enjoy the Cove without the congestion and noise of cars.

Cades Cove car ban. Smoky Mountains officials announce the extension of the pilot project in Cades Cove continuing vehicle-free access on the Cades Cove Loop Road on Wednesdays from May 5 through September 1, 2021. Park managers implemented this weekly, full-day opportunity in 2020 in an effort to improve the visitor experience. The project reduces congestion associated with vehicle-free mornings that were previously offered until 10:00 a.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays. 

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