• 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 Tuesday Weekly from 06/17/2014 to 08/05/2014

    Location: Meet on the Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center | Map Time: 12:00 PM to 12:45 PM Fee Information: Free

Do they really suck blood? Do they really get caught in your hair? Are they friend or foe? Let the ranger tell you the truth about these amazing creatures and the enemy among them. 

Accessible to persons using wheelchairs.