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

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

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  • Trail Advisory

    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 »

Area Communities

Communities surrounding the national park offer services and amenities that are not available in the park, including hotels, restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores, and other shopping opportunities.


North Carolina

Bryson City
Cherokee
Graham County
Haywood County
Maggie Valley


Tennessee
Cosby/Newport
Gatlinburg
Pigeon Forge
Sevierville
Townsend

Did You Know?

An experimental program to reintroduce elk to the park was begun in 2001.

An experimental program to reintroduce elk to the park was begun in 2001. Elk once roamed the Smokies, but were eliminated from the region in the mid 1800s by over-hunting and loss of habitat. Other animals successfully reintroduced to the park include river otters and barn owls. More...