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

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National ParkNC,TN

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  • *** A winter storm is expected 10/31-11/1 which could bring significant snow accumulation and dangerous backcountry conditions. Please check the forecast and think carefully about your safety before heading into the backcountry.

    *** 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.

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