• 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 »

Climate Change And The Red-Cheeked Salamander

The Great Smoky Mountains are often called the "Salamander Capital of the World" and are home to several rare species. Because many salamanders breathe through their skin, they are viewed as indicators of the health of an ecosystem. This video explains research on one special species that lives in our high elevations,the Red-cheeked salamander, Plethodon jordani, and how it might adapt to changing climate conditions.

 

 

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...