• 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 »

Ranger Guided

Class at waterfall

Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers a wide variety of free, ranger-led, curriculum-based programs. These programs are correlated to North Carolina and Tennessee State learning standards, provide students with an engaging learning experience, and enhance classroom learning by utilizing the park's cultural and natural resources as teaching tools.

All programs require pre-registration. Please download and email, fax or mail the appropriate registration form. For programs in Tennessee, use the TN Registration form fax #: (865)436-1307; for North Carolina trips, use the NC Registration form fax#: (828) 497-1910


Our education programs are crafted for particular grade levels and their specific state standards. Please visit the individual grade pages for information on program locations, details on program themes and activities, and downloadable lesson plans.

Tennessee Elementary Tennessee Middle Tennessee High
North Carolina Elementary North Carolina Middle North Carolina High

For questions, concerns and comments, please contact by phone:
NC:(828)497-1907, TN:(865)436-1258, email or by mail:
Education Branch
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
107 Park HQ Rd.
Gatlinburg, TN 37738


Did You Know?

Fontana Lake is formed by Fontana Dam.

At 480 feet, Fontana Dam, located on the southwestern boundary of the park, is the tallest concrete dam east of the Rocky Mountains. The dam impounds the Little Tennessee River forming Fontana Lake and produces hydroelectric power. More...