• 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 | Map Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Fee Information: Free

What was it like to grow up in these mountains before any of the modern conveniences we enjoy today?  Join a ranger to experience how life used to be in these mountains, including how kids explored and what they liked to do for fun. Be prepared for a short 1.5 mile hike.