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

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

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  • Spring Road Status

    During spring, park roads may close due to ice, especially at high elevation where wet roads can freeze as temperatures drop at night. For road status information call (865) 436-1200 ext. 631 or follow updates at http://twitter.com/SmokiesRoadsNPS. More »

Seasonal Facility Schedule

Campgrounds
Cades Cove and Smokemont campgrounds remain open year-round. The park's eight other campgrounds and five horse camps close seasonally. Backcountry (backpacking) campsites are open year-round.
Family Campground schedule
Group Campground schedule
Horse Camp schedule

Picnic Areas
Cades Cove, Deep Creek, Greenbrier and Metcalf Bottoms picnic areas are open year-round. The park's remaining picnic areas close seasonally. Picnic Area schedule

Roads
Primary roads such as Little River Road, Newfound Gap Road (US-441), and Cades Cove Loop Road remain open year-round, weather permitting. Secondary roads close seasonally.
Seasonal Road schedule
Temporary Road and Facilities Closures (usually weather or construction related)

Visitor Centers
Visitor Centers in the park are open year-round, except Christmas Day. Daily operating hours for visitor centers

Did You Know?

Visitors can often spot bears in trees at the edges of forests.

Approximately 1,500 black bears live in the park. This equals a population density of approximately two bears per square mile. Bears can be found throughout the park, but are easiest to spot in open areas such as Cades Cove and Cataloochee Valley. More...