• 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 »

Parks As Classrooms Video - TN K-5

This short video highlights the main themes, activities and lessons for Elementary grade levels in Tennessee. The video assists with fieldtrip planning by demonstrating the variety of park educational offerings and providing a sense of program setting and location. Each of the featured programs has a complete downloadable lesson plan with information about the in-park field trips as well as background materials and pre and post visit activities for your students.

 

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...