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

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

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  • 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 »

Links to...air & sky resources

Issue 5 > Links to... air & sky resources
Temperature and wind sensors at Cove Mountain.

Temperature and wind sensors at Cove Mountain.

NPS photo.

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National air quality & views information

Great Smoky Mountains air quality & views information

Acid Deposition

Mercury deposition


Ozone & Meteorology


Ultraviolet (UV) Monitoring—EPA

Night Skies

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Did You Know?

Scientists estimate that 100,000 different species live in the park.

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.