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

    Great Smoky Mountains

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Bear tracks.

Science in the Smokies includes understanding bear behavior, monitoring stream and amphibian health, searching for new forms of life, monitoring air quality, and much, much more!

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Air quality

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Invasive Exotic Species


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Did You Know?

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is America's most visited national park.

Between 8-10 million people visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park each year, making it the most visited national park in the country.