Smoky Mountain Volunteer Opportunities

Smoky Mountain Volunteer Opportunities in May and June of 2021. Park staff are hosting several volunteer workdays on trails throughout the park. These chances are ideal for people who enjoy hiking and rewarding hands-on work in a beautiful setting. Volunteers will work alongside experienced park staff and will help preserve the 848 miles of maintained trails throughout the park.

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Abrams Falls Trail Rehabilitation Begins

Abrams Falls Trail Rehabilitation Begins. National Park officials announced that a Trails Forever rehabilitation project in Cades Cove will begin on Abrams Falls Trail. The trail and associated parking areas will be closed May 10, 2021, through November 10, 2021, excluding federal holidays, on Monday mornings at 7:00 a.m. through Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. weekly. The trail will be fully open each week on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 

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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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Rainbow Falls Trail Closed for Bridge Replacement

Rainbow fall trail closes in Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Rainbow Falls Trail Closed for Bridge Replacement.  Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials will temporarily close Rainbow Falls Trail for two weeks to replace a foot-log bridge approximately two miles from the trailhead. The area will be closed weekly on Monday through Thursday from May 10, 2021 through May 20, 2021. The trail will be fully open each week on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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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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