• 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!

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An experimental program to reintroduce elk to the park was begun in 2001.

An experimental program to reintroduce elk to the park was begun in 2001. Elk once roamed the Smokies, but were eliminated from the region in the mid 1800s by over-hunting and loss of habitat. Other animals successfully reintroduced to the park include river otters and barn owls. More...