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

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

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    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 Thursday Weekly from 06/20/2013 to 08/08/2013

    Location: Oconaluftee River Trail adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center Time: 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM Fee Information: Free

Join us for an easy stroll along the Oconaluftee River Trail and hear the story of the understory. Who lives there, why it is there, and discover if all litter is bad litter. You will see a whole world that has been below your knees all along—even if you never noticed it. Now you will!