Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

An annual five-day event in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this group of programs consists of a variety of wildflower, fauna, and natural history walks, motorcades, photographic tours, art classes, and indoor seminars. Outdoor and indoor offerings are held in the park and various venues throughout Gatlinburg, TN. Visit the event’s official web site for updated registration information for the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage.

Sorghum Molasses Making Demonstrations

LOCATION: Cades Cove Visitor Center/Cable mill halfway around the Cades Cove Loop Road
freeSundayNovember 23, 201410am4pm
freeFridayNovember 28, 201410am4pm
freeSaturdayNovember 29, 201410am4pm
freeSundayNovember 30, 201410am4pm

The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont

The institute at Tremont is located on the Townsend, Tennessee side of the Park. Year-round, the Institute offers workshops and programs for all ages – from grade school children to groups and teachers. Programs include hiking, slide show demonstrations of mountain music, living history, and wildlife. A small fee applies. For more information, call (423) 448-6709.

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January 9, 2015January 12, 2015Winter Photography Master Class
January 18, 2015January 25, 2015Wilderness First Responder Course
January 24, 2015SANCP Advanced: Winter Woody Plant ID
January 30, 2015February 1, 2015Wilderness First Responder Refresher
January 9,
January 12, 2015Winter Photography Master Class
January 18,
January 25, 2015Wilderness
First Responder Course
January 24,
SANCP Advanced: Winter Woody Plant ID
January 30,
February 1, 2015Wilderness
First Responder Refresher
February 6,
February 8, 2015Family
February 13,
February 15, 2015Teacher
Workshop: Likin' Lichens
February 13,
February 15, 2015SANCP: Interpretation & Naturalist Skills
March 21, 2015Smokies
Scavenger Hunt
March 22, 2015March 27, 2015Spring Outdoor Recreation
College Consortium
April 12, 2015April 17, 2015Spring
Hiking Road Scholar
April 24, 2015April 27, 2015Spring
Photography Workshop
May 8, 2015May 10, 2015SANCP:
May 8, 2015May 10, 2015SANCP:
June 8, 2015June 13, 2015Discovery
Camp I
June 8, 2015June 13, 2015Wilderness Adventure Trek I
June 8, 2015June 13, 2015Girls
in Science I
June 15, 2015June 20, 2015NCSU Wildlife Camp
June 15, 2015June 20, 2015Trout Unlimited Camp
June 22, 2015June 27, 2015Discovery
Camp II
June 22, 2015June 27, 2015Wilderness Adventure Trek II
June 22, 2015June 27, 2015Backcountry
Ecological Expedition
June 29, 2015July 4, 2015Girls
in Science II
June 30, 2015July 5, 2015Backcountry
Ecological Expedition II
July 6, 2015July 11, 2015Smoky
Mountain Family Camp
July 13, 2015July 18, 2015Discovery
Camp III
July 13, 2015July 23, 2015Teen High Adventure
July 13, 2015July 23, 2015Field
Ecology Adventure
July 20, 2015July 26, 2015Maryville College Great
Smokies Experience
July 27, 2015July 29, 2015SANCP:
Reptiles & Amphibians
July 29, 2015July 31, 2015SANCP:
Aquatic Natural History
August 2, 2015August 8, 2015Natural Resources College
August 14,
August 17, 2015Summer
Photo Master Class
September 5,
September 6, 2015Teacher Escape Weekend
September 6,
September 11, 2015Road
Scholar Hiking Week
September 12,
September 13, 2015Teacher Escape Weekend
September 13,
September 18,
September 20, 2015SANCP Advanced: FUNgi in
the Smokies
October 4,
October 9, 2015Road
Scholar Hiking
October 16,
October 18, 2015Women's Backpack
October 23,
October 25, 2015SANCP Advanced: Wilderness
October 23,
October 26, 2015Autumn
Brilliance Photography Workshop
November 6,
November 8, 2015SANCP:

The Smoky Mountain Field School

The Field School offers weekend workshops, hikes, and adventures for adults and families throughout the year. In cooperation with the National Park Service and University of Tennessee, experts on Smoky Mountain plants, wildlife, and history lead programs. A fee is charged. For more information call (423) 974-0150.

Cades Cove Biking

Each Wednesday and Saturday morning from May ’til September, the Cades Cove loop road is closed to motor vehicles until 10:00 AM for the benefit of walkers and bicyclers. If you don’t have your own, bicycle rentals are available at the Cades Cove store.

Autumn Splendor

Nature empties her paint bucket on the trees each Fall in the Smokies. Foliage reaches peak color at the higher elevations first two weeks in October. During the latter two weeks of October, colors peak in the lower elevations. Some pockets of good color remain into early November.