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

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National ParkNC,TN

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  • *** NOTICE: On Saturday, April 29, 2017 the Pay.gov site that links to the backcountry reservation system for the payment of permits will be offline for maintenance from 6pm-12am. During this time, it will not be possible to obtain a backcountry reservation or permit.
    *** Please check the "Backcountry Facilities" section of the Temporary Road and Facilities Closures for any current trail or campsite closures (http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/temproadclose.htm) or contact the Backcountry Office at 865-436-1297.
    *** A construction project will be underway at CS38 between 4/24-5/19.During weekday daylight hours, hikers may encounter noise, mechanized equipment & experience short closures in area of CS38/on Mt Sterling Tr. Trails & Campsite 38 will remain open.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Backcountry Permits v2.0.040
Last Update: Saturday February 4, 2017