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

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

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    Several trails in the park are temporarily closed. Please check the "Backcountry Facilities" section of the Temporary Road and Facilities Closures page for further details. More »

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Biological Controls

Join Rangers in Great Smoky Mountains National Park as they release biocontrol beetles. The beetle, a species called Laricobius nigrinus, is a predator of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, an invasive insect from Asia that has wreaked havoc on many hemlock forests in the eastern United States.

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For more opportunities to go into the field and see science at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, visit the Dispatches from the Field main page. You can read more about the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid that's featured above in Issue 2 of Dispatches.

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...