Smoky Mountain Elk Rut

Love is in the air for Smoky Mountain Elk.

Smoky Mountain Elk Rut is on. The call of the wild echoes in the Smokies as Bull Elks seek mates.

Early autumn sends the powerful mating call of bull elks across many areas of the Smokies during the fall breeding season. This loud bugling sends a challenge to other males in the area, and attempts to attract cows for the bull’s harem. Known as the rut, this annual fascinating ritual, which occurs during mid September through October, is played out each day during the elk mating season. 

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Smoky Mountain Look Rock Tower Closed

Smoky Mountain Look Rock tower closed. The popular observation tower and access trail at Look Rock, located on the Foothills Parkway, will be closed to visitors from Monday, August 28, 2023 through Friday, September 1, 2023. The closure is needed for the installation of additional microwave equipment to support Blount County emergency communications. 

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Smoky Mountains Need You

Trail volunteers needed in the Great Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountains Need You! Volunteers are needed for Ramsey Cascades and Little Cataloochee trail rehab. Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials are recruiting volunteers to help the park’s trail crews with rehab projects on the Ramsey Cascades and Little Cataloochee trails. Volunteers are needed every Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. anytime through September 2023.  Volunteers must register in advance.

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