Spring Road Status
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 »
Missing from our forests
Artwork by Lance B, Robbinsville High School, North Carolina.
Highland rush (Juncus trifidus)
Artwork by Lindsey C, Robbinsville High School, North Carolina.
Green salamander (Aneides aneus)
Drawing by Tesa A, Robbinsville High School, North Carolina.
American chestnut (Castanea dentata)
Drawing by Hannah H, Robbinsville High School, North Carolina.
Twin flower (Linnaea borealis)
Did You Know?
What lives in Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Although the question sounds simple, it is actually extremely complex. Right now scientists think that we only know about 17 percent of the plants and animals that live in the park, or about 17,000 species of a probable 100,000 different organisms.