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

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National ParkNC,TN

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  • *** Several trails in the park are temporarily closed. Please check the "Backcountry Facilities" section of the Temporary Road and Facilities Closures page on the Park website or contact the Backcountry Office at 865-436-1297 for further details.
    *** Between Dec 1st-19th contractors will be performing maintenance on the power line right-of-way near the Mt Sterling and Mt Sterling Ridge Trails. During this time visitors may encounter the work being done and hear the use of power equipment in this area. ***
    *** Fontana Dam is closed to vehicle traffic until April 2015 due to a construction project. Hikers can park at the Fontana Dam Visitor Center and walk across a marked route to access the park trailheads, including that for the AT, the Lakeshore Trail and the Benton Mackaye Trail ***

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Backcountry Permits v1.3.1
Last Update: Sunday June 29, 2014