Smoky Mountain Volunteers Needed! GSMNP is searching for volunteers to assist Trails Forever trail crews. Work will concentrate on the Ramsey Cascades Trail rehabilitation project. Volunteers are needed every Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., starting Wednesday, May 25, 2022, and continuing through Wednesday, September 28, 2022. Volunteers must register in advance.Continue reading…
Big Creek trail closure. A temporary, weekday closure of Big Creek Trail to repair the popular horse and hiker trail will be in effect Monday through Thursday, excluding federal holidays through Thursday, July 14 to safely conduct the rehabilitation work. The trail will be fully open Friday through Sunday each week.Continue reading…
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
Four tablespoons Worcestershire (Wooster) sauce
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)
Smoky Mountain Synchronous Firefly Dates Announced. Great Smoky Mountains National Park synchronous firefly viewing opportunity in Elkmont will begin Friday, June 3, 2022 through Friday, June 10, 2022. The lottery for a vehicle passes can be entered at www.recreation.gov. The lottery opens for vehicle pass applications on Friday, April 29 at 10:00 a.m. through Tuesday, May 3 at 10:00 a.m. All applications, regardless of the time or date of entry, are considered equally in the pool of lottery applicants.
Every year thousands of visitors gather around Elkmont Campground to observe the naturally occurring phenomenon of Photinus carolinus, a firefly species that flashes synchronously. Since 2006, access to the Elkmont area has been limited during the eight days of predicted peak activity in order to reduce traffic congestion and provide a safe viewing experience for visitors that minimizes disturbance to these unique fireflies during the peak mating period.Continue reading…