Great Smoky Mountains Considers Cades Cove Car Ban Changes

Cades Cove car ban allows you to take a break without all the noise and traffic.

Cades Cove car ban allows you to take a break without all the noise and traffic.

Great Smoky Mountains Considers Cades Cove Car Ban Changes. The scenic valley of Cades Cove is traditionally closed to motor vehicles until 10 a.m. on Wednesday and Saturday, May thru September. Park officials are inviting public comment on changing this process to a pilot study for 2020 to close vehicle access all day each Wednesday, May thru September.

Officials are inviting public comment through Friday, March 27, 2020. This is your chance to publicly ponder for posterity and give them your two cents.

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Clingmans Dome Volunteers Needed

Clingmans Dome volunteers needed.

Clingmans Dome volunteers needed.

Clingmans Dome Volunteers Needed. Clingmans Dome is the highest peak in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The observation tower, at 6,644′ feet above sea level, has a commanding view of the surrounding mountains.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials are asking for volunteers to provide visitor information at Clingmans Dome information center. The information center sits at 6,300 feet in elevation, providing a unique opportunity for park volunteers to assist in educating visitors about high-elevation environment. Topics will include spruce-fir forest information, recreational tips, trip planning, and directional information.

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Smoky Mountain Mingus Mill Volunteers Needed

GSMNP Mingus Mill volunteers needed!

GSMNP Mingus Mill volunteers needed!

Smoky Mountain Mingus Mill Volunteers Needed. Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials are asking for volunteers to provide interpretive historic and orientation information to national park visitors at the historic Mingus Mill in the Oconaluftee valley. The mill is found a half mile north of the GSMNP Oconaluftee Visitor Center in North Carolina. Volunteers and millers will share insights on the unusual turbine wheel of Minus Mill and the historic role of milling in the Smoky Mountains.

Mingus Mill was built in 1886 and provided service for the residents of the Oconaluftee Valley. Visitors will get an up close look at the inner workings of the mill which could grind a variety of products including corn, wheat and rye. The turbine drive design produced cornmeal and flour in a fraction of the time needed by other area mills.

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Cades Cove Car Ban Ends

Cades Cove car ban is under way.

With the tunnel reopening the car ban comes to an end .

Cades Cove Car Ban Ends. Cades Cove has been closed for visitors for two months but that ends when the Laurel Creek Road (a seven-mile main access road from the Townsend Wye to Cades Cove) reopens this weekend on March 1, 2020. Motorists, bikers and hikers have been shut out of the cove since repair work began January 5th on the 1948-era Bote Mountain Tunnel. Most of the work is complete, but some intermittent single lane closures are scheduled between March 1 and June 15 to finish repairs on the vintage tunnel and to re-pave.

Closure at Cades Cove Campground continues through March 5. However Elkmont and Smokemont Campgrounds are open to winter campers.

Take time to enjoy the quiet of the Cove and get a little exercise!

Take time to enjoy the quiet of the Cove and get a little exercise!

Cades Cove has a rich history. For hundreds of years the Cherokee hunted in the cove. Archeologist have found no evidence of major settlements, and so it appears that it was just that – a hunting ground.

Dan Lawson heirlooms return to the Smokies.

Dan Lawson homesite.

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Keep Sevier Beautiful Gardening Workshops

Gardening workshops scheduled.

Gardening workshops scheduled.

Keep Sevier Beautiful Gardening Workshops are scheduled for each Thursday in March, 2020. The workshops are free to everyone and begin each week at 11:00 a.m.

The series begins March 5, 2020 at the King Family Library in Sevierville. Tennessee Extension Master Gardener Dixie Seaton will conduct the first session on growing anywhere with raised bed gardening. Raised beds have become increasingly popular in recent years and this is a great way discover all you need to know about them.

Keep Sevier Beautiful is a fantastic organization in the HeySmokies region!

Keep Sevier Beautiful is a fantastic organization in the HeySmokies region!

Thursday March 12, 2020 Master Gardeners Glenna Julian and Ruth Young will be sharing their knowledge on growing and using culinary herbs. This installment will be held at the Pigeon Forge Public Library and is sure to be delicious!

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