• 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 »

Tennessee High School

The park's high school programs use park resources to enhance classroom learning by giving students an opportunity to make real-world connections with the environment. Rangers will work with you to plan a program that meets your curriculum needs. Please e-mail the education staff or call (865) 436-1713 for more information or to discuss program options.

Did You Know?

Fall leaf colors are most vivid at low to mid elevations.

About 100 native tree species make their home in Great Smoky Mountains National Park—more than in all of northern Europe. The park also contains one of the largest blocks of old-growth temperate deciduous forest in North America. More...