• 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 »

Event Details

  • Every Saturday Weekly from 09/27/2014 to 11/01/2014

    Location: Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch Time: 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM Fee Information: Free

Fall is a great time for viewing elk in rut and listen as they bugle. Discover how elk stay warm in the winter. Feel the weight of the antlers they carry on their head. A Ranger will be available to answer your questions about elk and let you know the best places in the park to see and hear the elk. Accessible to persons using wheelchairs.