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

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

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  • Trail Advisory

    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 »

Distance Learning

If bringing your students to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a challenge, consider scheduling a distance learning program!

  • Rangers bring the national park, and subjects like science and history, alive through interactive techniques and imagery
  • All programs are FREE
  • Programs are curriculum-based and meet both national and state standards
  • Schools connect directly to park through video conferencing equipment, such as Skype

Our education team can work with you to develop the perfect program for your classroom needs! For more information, email or call (865) 436-1713.

Did You Know?

President Roosevelt at the park's Rockefeller Memorial.

Money to buy the land that became Great Smoky Mountains National Park was raised by individuals, private groups, and even school children who pledged their pennies. In addition, the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Fund donated $5 million to create the park. More...