• 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 Thursday Weekly from 06/19/2014 to 08/07/2014

    Location: Little River trailhead in Elkmont | Map Time: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM Fee Information: Free

Not sure how to explore the Smokies with the whole family? Join a ranger to learn hiking basics and exploration techniques that are ranger-tested and kid-approved. Wear sturdy hiking boots, bring plenty of water and a lunch. This is a moderate hike lasting up to three hours, but participants will have the option to turn around if they prefer a shorter distance. Hike of up to 5.6 miles rated "moderate" in difficulty.