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

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

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    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 »

Park Visitation

Over 9,000,000 visitors enter the park each year. The following table lists the number of visitors entering the park each month for the past five years.

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

January

363,998

350,818

322,865

323,614

303,318

February

332,912

342,540

340,558

334,515

239,587

March

557,555

564,878

553,078

521,140

505,950

April

725,298

701,353

628,593

770,858

848,946

May

732,978

810,438

783,847

788,974

792,980

June

1,113,186

1,116,317

1,063,589

1,181,938

1,359,978

July

1,280,865

1,313,210

1,257,396

1,404,034

1,403,978

August

920,331

1,011,693

1,049,206

1,035,277

947,311

September

928,487

951,432

819,816

845,655

845,410

October

1,128,927

1,092,798

1,096,711

1,052,137

1,252,357

November

702,589

677,203

652,023

708,797

621,211

December

502,089

439,519

476,328

524,771

342,512

Total

9,289,214

9,372,253

9,044,010

9,491,436

9,463,538

Additional visitation information:
Chart of visitation by entrance station 2008 (pdf file)

Chart of visitation by entrance station 2009 (pdf file)

Chart of visitation by entrance station 2010 (pdf file)

Did You Know?

President Roosevelt at the park's Rockefeller Memorial.

Money to buy the land that became Great Smoky Mountains National Park was raised by individuals, private groups, and even school children who pledged their pennies. In addition, the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Fund donated $5 million to create the park. More...