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

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

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    During spring, park roads may close due to ice, especially at high elevation where wet roads can freeze as temperatures drop at night. For road status information call (865) 436-1200 ext. 631 or follow updates at http://twitter.com/SmokiesRoadsNPS. More »

Climate Friendly Parks

Do Your Part! for Climate Friendly Parks

Do Your Part! for Climate Friendly Parks is the first interactive online program in the country that provides national park visitors and supporters with tools to understand and reduce their carbon footprints and thereby help to protect our national parks from global warming. Do Your Part! is sponsored by the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) in support of the National Park Service’s Climate Friendly Parks program.

Why is Do Your Part! important? From melting glaciers and eroding seashores to growing wildfires and decreasing wildlife, our national parks are being impacted by global warming. Do Your Part! offers the millions of national park visitors educational and inspiring opportunities to do their part to prevent global warming and protect our natural resources.

How much of a difference can Do Your Part! make? People often feel their actions are too small to have an impact on an issue as big as global warming. However, when taken together, many small actions can make a big difference. Every year, our national parks see roughly 270 million visitors. If even a fraction of those visitors began making simple changes at home and on the road, the effect would be enormous.

Visit the Do Your Part! website for additional information. Or download the Do Your Part! Fact Sheet and Tip Sheet.

Be a "Not-So-Climate-Changer!"

While visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park you can reduce your greenhouse gas contribution to the environment by doing any and all of the following:

  1. Use your vehicle less by carpooling, taking one of the trolleys in Gatlinburg, TN or one of the shuttles out of Cherokee, NC or Townsend, TN.
  2. Turn off unused electricity in your cabin or camper.
  3. Wash and reuse plates, cups and utensils to use less paper, plastic and Styrofoam.
  4. Avoid idling your car.

While at home, you can do your part as well. If we all make small changes, they start to add up.

  1. Switch to energy efficient light bulbs
  2. Turn off water while shaving or brushing your teeth
  3. Repair leaky toilets
  4. Adjust the thermostat up in the summer and down in the winter
  5. Change air filters regularly
  6. Ride a bike
  7. Eating out? Bring your own reusable container to the restaurant for leftovers
  8. Reduce, reuse, recycle.

Did You Know?

Marbled salamanders are one of 30 salamander species native to the park.

There are at least 30 different species of salamanders in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This gives the Smokies the distinction of having the most diverse salamander population anywhere in the world and has earned the park the nickname “Salamander Capital of the World.” More...