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

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

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    Several trails in the park are temporarily closed. Please check the "Backcountry Facilities" section of the Temporary Road and Facilities Closures page for further details. 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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