• 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 09/20/2012 to 10/25/2012

    Location: Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center | Map Time: 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM Fee Information: Free

Ever wonder how the leaves go from glossy green to glowing gold or blazing orange?  Wonder if it will be a good leaf color year?  Come explore the components needed for natures paintbrush to fill the mountain side canvas with wonder. Accessible to persons using wheelchairs.