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.
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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...