• 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 Thursday Weekly from 06/20/2013 to 08/15/2013

    Location: Clingmans Dome trailhead | Map Time: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Fee Information: Free

Join a ranger and hike along the world-famous Appalachian Trail. Learn basic hiking and exploration techniques that are ranger-tested and kid-approved. Make sure to wear sturdy walking shoes, bring plenty of water, and a snack. Program concludes at the Clingmans Dome observation tower. Due to elevation, 1 ½ miles round-trip hike rated as "moderate" in difficulty.

Families who hike in the Smokies can now earn special stickers and collector pins as rewards. Pick up a “Hike the Smokies—For Families” booklet at any park visitor center.