• 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 »

White Nose Syndrome Video

Researcher holding a northern long-earred bat

A researcher holds a Northern Long-eared Bat captured during surveys of bat populations in the park.

Ann Froschauer

Bats are an essential part of a healthy ecosystem. However a newly discovered disease, white-nose syndrome, is devastating bat populations across the eastern United States, killing millions of bats, and threatening extinction for several species of these beneficial creatures.

The fungus suspected of causing the disease was found on bats hibernating in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the spring of 2010. Watch the short video below to learn what the park is doing to help bats in the Smokies.

Please visit these links for additional information about white-nose syndrome, the discovery of the fungus in the park and cave closures in the Smokies. You can also view a video about what the National Park Service is doing to protect bats.

 

Did You Know?

Great Horned Owls can be heard most often in January and February

More than 240 species of birds have been found in the park. Sixty species are year-round residents. Nearly 120 species breed in the park, including 52 species from the neo-tropics. Many other species use the park as an important stopover and foraging area during their semiannual migration. More...