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

    Great Smoky Mountains

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A lichen-covered gravestone.

Lichens almost obscure the names etched into this historic gravestone in the park.

NPS photo by Ben Zank.

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Did You Know?

The park is named for the misty clouds that hang over the mountains.

The wispy, smoke-like fog that hangs over the Smoky Mountains comes from rain and evaporation from trees. On the high peaks of the Smokies, an average of 85 inches of rain falls each year, qualifying these upper elevation areas as temperate rain forests. More...