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

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

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Plan Your Visit

Scientists estimate that 1,500 black bears live in the park.

Gary Carter Photo

From black bears to salamanders. Old-growth forests to spring wildflowers. Log cabins to grist mills. The park offers a myriad of opportunities for exploring and discovering both the natural and cultural history of these ancient mountains.

Where to begin? To make the most of your time here, visit Things To Do and download a copy of the Smokies Trip Planner
The Trip Planner contains information about favorite destinations in the park, popular activities including hiking and auto touring, and a park map. You can also view the park's Smokies Guide newspaper online.

Visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park's official online store for books, maps, and guides to the park. Operated by the nonprofit Great Smoky Mountains Association, proceeds generated by purchases at the store are donated to educational, scientific, and historical projects in the park.

 
Clingmans Dome page on iPhone

Smokies Mobile App
Download the Free Smokies Visitor Guide for your smart phone. Includes trip planning, recreation and services information along with the park map. Everything works without a cell signal.

Did You Know?

An experimental program to reintroduce elk to the park was begun in 2001.

An experimental program to reintroduce elk to the park was begun in 2001. Elk once roamed the Smokies, but were eliminated from the region in the mid 1800s by over-hunting and loss of habitat. Other animals successfully reintroduced to the park include river otters and barn owls. More...