• Approximately 1,500 black bears live in the national park.

    Great Smoky Mountains

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October 18 Photos

Colors are continuing to develop at mid and low elevations in the park this week. At high elevations, most areas are now past peak.

 
The view from Bote Mountain Trail on Oct 18.
The view from Bote Mountain Trail on October 18.
Tom Harrington
 

 
Leaves cover the ground on high elevation trails this week
Leaves are off the trees in most high elevations areas. Here they create a colorful carpet on the Brushy Mountain Trail. October 18 photo.
NPS
 

 
Autumn Foliage
Brilliant color on a maple tree at mid-elevation this week.
Tom Harrington

Did You Know?

Scientists estimate that 100,000 different species live in the park.

What lives in Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Although the question sounds simple, it is actually extremely complex. Right now scientists think that we only know about 17 percent of the plants and animals that live in the park, or about 17,000 species of a probable 100,000 different organisms.