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

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

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  • Trail Advisory

    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 »

Nearby Attractions

National Park Service Areas - located within a two hour drive of the park
Andrew Johnson National Historic Site - 40mi
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area - 60mi
Blue Ridge Parkway - Adjacent to national park in North Carolina
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site - 50mi
Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park- 120mi
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park - 95mi


Attractions In Nearby Cities- information about accommodations, restaurants, shopping, and other amenities is available from the Departments of Tourism in Local Communities


Local Partners & Information Resources
Great Smoky Mountains Association
Friends of the Smokies
Great Smoky Mountains Institute
Smoky Mountain Field School
Discover Life in America
East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition

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...