Of Boogers and Boogermen

However, mountain folk in the Smokies, who were famously playful with language and humour, likely had more versions of booger than any other culture. A place that was thick with undergrowth could be “boogery.” An easily frightened horse or other animal was labelled “boogerish,” and being “boogerous” was to have

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Bird Brain? Not so fast…

Hagstrum has noted that homing pigeons, the gold medalist of the avian navigational world, have amazing hearing. On the low end of the sound range, pigeons can hear down to .05 hertz, compared to humans who hear only to .20 hertz. According to Hagstrum, if we could hear down to

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Premature and Belated Burials

One burial custom observed in the Great Smoky Mountains was likely practised, at least in part, to help avoid such tragedies. When a person died, friends and family always sat with the deceased through the first night. It was considered poor form to doze off during this ritual, so it

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September Brings Out the Worst in Yellow Jackets

But even without the help of bruins or skunks, yellow jackets can act aggressively toward autumn hikers. This is not the best time of year to hike off trail. Yellow jacket nests are plentiful in the Smokies, and if you go a bushwhacking you’re likely to run into some of

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GSMA Wins APPL Awards

Of “An Island in the Sky,” judges said: “This video addresses all aspects of the agency mission from cultural and natural history and recreation to ecosystem management, invasive species, climate change and other emerging issues. This video does an excellent job of simplifying some very complex concepts. A gorgeous video

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Photo courtesy of Joye Ardyn Durham

Of Boogers and Boogermen

However, mountain folk in the Smokies, who were famously playful with language and humour, likely had more versions of booger than any other culture. A

Read More >

Bird Brain? Not so fast…

Hagstrum has noted that homing pigeons, the gold medalist of the avian navigational world, have amazing hearing. On the low end of the sound range,

Read More >

Premature and Belated Burials

One burial custom observed in the Great Smoky Mountains was likely practised, at least in part, to help avoid such tragedies. When a person died,

Read More >

GSMA Wins APPL Awards

Of “An Island in the Sky,” judges said: “This video addresses all aspects of the agency mission from cultural and natural history and recreation to

Read More >

Great Smokies

Welcome Center

Hours of Operation

(subject to change)

Open year round (closed December 25)


January - February

Open Daily 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

March - November

Open Daily 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
December

Open Daily 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

The Great Smokies Welcome Center is located on U.S. 321 in Townsend, TN, 2 miles from the west entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Visitors can get information about things to see and do in and around the national park and shop from a wide selection of books, gifts, and other Smokies merchandise. Daily, weekly, and annual parking tags for the national park are also available.

Physical Address

7929 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway Townsend TN 37882

Contact

865.436.7318 Ext 320