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

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

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.

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

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