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Smoky Mountain National Park closes hiking area to protect bats

From the Asheville Citizen-Times

A devastating decline in the Smokies bat population is forcing the closure of a popular hiking area to help protect bats and humans, park managers say. 1,306 more words


Adventures and Fun With Wes' Family!

A fun week with Wes’ parents!”

By Rachelle Siegrist

Thanks to Kit for this nice photo of us at the Knoxville Zoo

Wes’ parents arrived a week ago today, anxious to spend the week with us here in the Smokies! 1,396 more words

Great Smoky Mountains National Park seeks to protect bat populations by limiting seasonal access to hibernation area

Monitoring to help inform conservation plan

Staff Report

RISCO — The National Park Service hopes to protect bat populations in Great Smoky Mountains National Park with a winter closure to limit human disturbance to bat hibernacula and help hikers avoid interactions with bats. 597 more words


Smoky Mountain Memory Edition - Part 1

We went to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in early September. Our first hike was from Newfound Gap. The Appalachian trail crosses here, but instead of hiking the more popular northern route (fairly flat and wide) from here, we crossed the road and went south for about an hour. 39 more words


Wolf Ridge Trail to Twentymile Loop junction, Aug. 3, 2014

Last April, I hiked all the trails in the Twentymile section of the park with the exception of a 1.1 mile stretch of Wolf Ridge. On my way to a fungi class at Highlands Biological Station in early August, I make a brief detour to finish the job on a sunny Sunday afternoon. 458 more words

Trail Hikes