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

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

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    During spring, park roads may close due to ice, especially at high elevation where wet roads can freeze as temperatures drop at night. For road status information call (865) 436-1200 ext. 631 or follow updates at http://twitter.com/SmokiesRoadsNPS. More »

Field Trips

Planning a field trip can be challenging. We have staff in both North Carolina and Tennessee who can help you navigate the process.

Field Trip Packets will help you plan your educational experience in the park:
Packets for Ranger-Guided Programs
Packets for Teacher-Guided Programs

Please visit our Teacher FAQ page for answers to common questions.
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Watch a short video about our programs:
Tennessee Elementary School
North Carolina Elementary School
North Carolina Middle School
North Carolina High School


Contact Us
Email: Education Branch
Phone TN: (865) 436-1258
Phone NC: (828) 497-1907

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Did You Know?

Flame azalea can be found growing on heath balds in the park.

The park’s high elevation heath balds are treeless expanses where dense thickets of shrubs such as mountain laurel, rhododendron, and sand myrtle grow. Known as “laurel slicks” and “hells” by early settlers, heath balds were most likely created by forest fires long ago. More...