A Wondrous Diversity of Life

Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America's most visited national park.

Two black bear cubs nestle with their mother

Black Bears

Bears in the park are wild and their behavior can be unpredictable. Treat bear encounters with extreme caution!

A log cabin in a clearing in the forest, surrounded by fall colors.

Cades Cove

Wildlife viewing, historic homes and churches, and beautiful mountain scenery make Cades Cove the most popular destination in the park.

The three white petals of a sweet white trillium against the plant's green foliage.


From the earliest hepaticas in late winter to the last asters in late fall, blooming flowers can be found nearly year-round in the park.

A hiker stands looking at snow-covered mountains.

Things To Do

Feel the cool spray of a waterfall. Camp under the stars. Explore a historic mill. There's plenty to see and do in the park!

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738


(865) 436-1200
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