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

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

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WebCams
Two webcams provide a current view of the park and information about air quality conditions. Images are updated every 15 minutes.

Look Rock (located on the western end of the park)
Purchase Knob (located on the eastern end of the park)


 
Northern Long-eared Bat

Video Podcasts

Watch short videos on a variety of topics including white-nose syndrome in bats, elk reintroduction, hemlock woolly adelgids, and more.

 

 

The Great Smoky Mountains Association, a non-profit partner of the park, also offers free podcasts from the Smokies, including stories, songs, and the Newfound Gap Self-guiding Auto Tour. Visit their website for audio podcasts or video blogs.

 


Photo Galleries

 

Did You Know?

Visitors can often spot bears in trees at the edges of forests.

Approximately 1,500 black bears live in the park. This equals a population density of approximately two bears per square mile. Bears can be found throughout the park, but are easiest to spot in open areas such as Cades Cove and Cataloochee Valley. More...