• 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 09/25/2014 to 10/30/2014

    Location: Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center | Map Time: 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM Fee Information: Free

Discover the wondrous ways black bears adapt to their environment. Find out how bears prepare for the upcoming winter season. Accessible to persons using wheelchairs.