• 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 »

News

Great Smoky Mountains National Park strives to keep the public informed about news events which occur within the park by providing press releases to local and regional news providers, and by posting current news releases on this web site.

If you are a member of the media, please contact our Public Affairs Office for additional information.

Up-to-date information about temporary road and facility closures due to weather is available by calling (865) 436-1200.

Did You Know?

Flame azalea can be found growing on heath balds in the park.

The park’s high elevation heath balds are treeless expanses where dense thickets of shrubs such as mountain laurel, rhododendron, and sand myrtle grow. Known as “laurel slicks” and “hells” by early settlers, heath balds were most likely created by forest fires long ago. More...