• 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?

Scientists estimate that 100,000 different species live in the park.

What lives in Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Although the question sounds simple, it is actually extremely complex. Right now scientists think that we only know about 17 percent of the plants and animals that live in the park, or about 17,000 species of a probable 100,000 different organisms.