• 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 Friday Weekly from 09/27/2013 to 11/01/2013

    Location: Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center | Map Time: 3:00 PM to 3:45 PM Fee Information: Free

 After more of than a century of absence, the elk have returned. Relax, have a seat on the visitor center porch and hear the story of the return of the largest mammal to the Great Smoky Mountains. Accessible to persons using wheelchairs.