National Park Hosts Star Gazing Event at Cades Cove 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting a stargazing program in Cades Cove on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Park rangers invite the public to observe the natural night sky for an evening of viewing stars! All equipment and instruction is provided by the Smoky Mountain Astronomical Society.


What To See

Depending on visibility, visitors will experience close-up observations of the planet Jupiter and its moons, a quarter moon, and several constellations. With night sky conditions protected in the park, the natural dark sky can be an awe-inspiring experience. In case of rain or cloud cover where night skies are not visible, the program will be cancelled.

All participants should park at the orientation shelter at the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop Road. Additionally, a park ranger will walk with the group half a mile to the viewing location at dusk. The Cades Cove Loop Road is closed to motor vehicles at sunset and are not allowed to drive or park along the Loop Road. Participants will also walk back to the parking area in the dark. Those planning to attend should wear comfortable walking shoes, dress warmly, and also bring a flashlight.

What to Bring

Participants should bring a lawn chair or blanket for sitting and a pair of binoculars  for stargazing. The viewing site does not allow smoking. This protects the viewing lenses on the telescope. Carpooling is strongly encouraged since parking is limited.

The program is subject to postponement due to rain or cloud cover. If the weather is questionable, participants should call the day of the event to confirm that the program will take place at 865-448-4122 or visit

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