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

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

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October 26 Photos

Head to lower elevation areas to enjoy fall colors now, where many areas are at peak this week.

 
Lower elevation trails are good choices for viewing color this week.
Lower elevation trails are good choices for viewing color this week.
 

 
The Little River at Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area
Colors along Little River at Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area. Photo taken on Oct. 26.
 

 
Fall colors along Little River Road
Fall colors are very good along some portions of Little River Road at this time. Photo taken Oct. 26.
 

 
A mountain gentian wildflower
Fall wildflowers such as this mountain gentian and various species of asters are still blooming in the park. Photo taken Oct 25.
NPS/Taylor

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.