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

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National ParkNC,TN

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  • *** 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.
    *** ROAD CLOSURE of Balsam Mountain Road will effect Trail head access for the Spruce Mountain, Palmer Creek and Balsam Mountain Trails on Mon. June 27, Wed. June 29, & Wed. July 6 from 6-11am.
    *** Alum Cave Trail will be closed Monday-Thursday from May 2-November 17 for trail restoration. The Mount LeConte Shelter will be closed Monday-Thursday from May 2-October 13 to accommodate a youth crew working on the project. The LeConte Lodge will remain open during this time.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Backcountry Permits v2.0.014
Last Update: Friday April 29, 2016