• Approximately 1,500 black bears live in the national park.

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

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  • Spring Road Status

    During spring, park roads may close due to ice, especially at high elevation where wet roads can freeze as temperatures drop at night. For road status information call (865) 436-1200 ext. 631 or follow updates at http://twitter.com/SmokiesRoadsNPS. More »

Event Details

  • Every Wednesday Weekly from 06/19/2013 to 08/14/2013

    Location: Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch Time: 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM Fee Information: Free

What wears a fur coat, is about the size of a breadbox, greets with nose kisses, but has never been to the North Pole? Hint: it lives in the Smokies. They are under appreciated but often observed. Come join park staff to find the answer—you just may be surprised.

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