• 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 »

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  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont

    Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont

    Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont is a residential environmental learning center located in the national park. Tremont offers workshops and programs for everyone, from teachers to grade school children to Road Scholar groups. Special programs for teachers, such as Teacher Escape Weekends and Science Teacher Institutes, will help you improve your teaching skills while enjoying the beauty of the park.

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Smoky Mountain Field School

    Smoky Mountain Field School

    The Smoky Mountain Field School enhances appreciation, understanding, and stewardship of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the natural world while promoting the idea of learning as a joyful and enriching part of life. From indoor workshops to outdoor field adventures, choose from over 80 workshops and programs covering topics such as wildlife, wildflowers, forests, history, and hiking to name just a few!

Did You Know?

The park is named for the misty clouds that hang over the mountains.

The wispy, smoke-like fog that hangs over the Smoky Mountains comes from rain and evaporation from trees. On the high peaks of the Smokies, an average of 85 inches of rain falls each year, qualifying these upper elevation areas as temperate rain forests. More...