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

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

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Places To Go

Church in Cades Cove
Historic churches and homes make Cades Cove a popular park destination.
Robert Crootof photo
 

The park offers a wide array of destinations to explore both the natural and the cultural history of the park.

Want to learn about the people who once called these mountains home? Then you may enjoy visiting the Mountain Farm Museum, Cades Cove, Cataloochee, or the Roaring Fork area to tour homes, farms, churches, and other structures built by early settlers.

For a chance to view wildlife including black bear, white-tailed deer, and turkeys, head to open areas such as Cades Cove or Cataloochee.

For sweeping vistas head to the top of the mountains at Clingmans Dome or Newfound Gap.

If you wish to beat a retreat to a cool and shady spot in the forest, then a visit to Deep Creek or Roaring Fork may be what you're looking for.

Visiting the North Carolina side of the park? We have a special page just for you!

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.

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...