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

    Great Smoky Mountains

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October 3, 2011 Photos

Fall color is beginning to develop in the park. Scroll down the page for images of the park this week.

 
Fall color from Newfound Gap parking area, Oct 3, 2011
Early fall colors from the Newfound Gap Parking Area, Oct. 3, 2011.
NPS Photo.
 

 
A black bear eating American mountain ash berries at Clingmans Dome. Oct. 3, 2011.
A black bear climbing in an American mountain ash tree to eat berries. Photo taken at Clingmans Dome on Oct. 3, 2011.
NPS photo by David Lambert.
 

 
American mountain ash berries glow a vivid red.
American mountain ash berries glow a vivid red as high elevation colors begin to develop. Photo taken from the Clingmans Dome parking area on Oct. 3, 2011.
NPS Photo.
 

 
A heavy hoar frost covering trees.
Temperatures dipped over the weekend and a heavy layer of hoar frost coated the trees at high elevation. Photo taken at Clingmans Dome on Oct. 3, 2011.
NPS photo by David Lambert.
 

 
Fall view at high elevation on Oct 3, 2011.
While the mountains are still predominantly green, scattered trees are beginning to show some color. Photo taken at high elevation from the "Swinging Bridge" overlook on Newfound Gap Road on the North Carolina side of the park. Photo taken on Oct. 3, 2011.
NPS Photo.

Did You Know?

President Roosevelt at the park's Rockefeller Memorial.

Money to buy the land that became Great Smoky Mountains National Park was raised by individuals, private groups, and even school children who pledged their pennies. In addition, the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Fund donated $5 million to create the park. More...