• 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 Wednesday Weekly from 07/30/2014 to 09/10/2014

    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.

Accessible to persons using wheelchairs.