• 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 »

Event Details

  • Every Wednesday Weekly from 06/18/2014 to 08/06/2014

    Location: Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area Pavilion Time: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Fee Information: Free

Join a ranger on this adventure into the dark and mysterious world of bugs and macro-invertebrates. Get up close and personal with the use of equipment such as "sucky-uppy-things", leaf litter boxes and magnifying glasses. Close-toed shoes that can get wet are recommended since we will be taking a short  walk into the forest. Easy, half-mile walk.