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

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

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Things To Know Before You Come

Traffic congestion in Cades Cove.
With over 9 million visitors each year, roads in the park can become congested, especially on weekends in summer and fall. But with careful planning, you can avoid the crowds and find some solitude.
 

Planning a vacation to Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Click on any of the links above or below for some things you will want to know before your visit to the area.

 

Visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park's official online store for other 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?

Fall leaf colors are most vivid at low to mid elevations.

About 100 native tree species make their home in Great Smoky Mountains National Park—more than in all of northern Europe. The park also contains one of the largest blocks of old-growth temperate deciduous forest in North America. More...