Park restricts campfires in the backcountry

  Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced on Thursday, Sept. 26 a temporary ban on backcountry campfires effective immediately. Due to abnormally dry weather conditions, the potential for wildfires to occur in the backcountry has dramatically...

Park Volunteer receives Regional Recognition

  Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced on Thursday, Sept. 26 that dedicated Park Volunteer, Jim Goddard, has won the National Park Service Southeast Regional Hartzog Award for Enduring Service. Goddard will be presented the Award in appreciation of his...
Elba Parker Crain – obituary

Elba Parker Crain – obituary

  Elba Parker Crain passed away at her home in Cherokee on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019.  She was born to Ben and Flora Lambert Parker in 1934 in Cherokee.   She owned and operated Eljawa Campground for 48 years.  She loved her family and the many friends she made in...