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

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National ParkNC,TN

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  • *** ADVISORY: A significant wind event occurred in the park on Thursday, May 4th. Please use caution and be alert for downed trees, trail damage or other hazards that may be present through the trail system, especially on the Tennessee side of the park.
    *** 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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Last Update: Saturday February 4, 2017