• 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.
    *** Alum Cave Trail is closed for trail repairs Monday through Thursday (except holidays) from May 4 through Nov 19, 2015. Please take this into consideration when planning your itinerary. ***
    *** Metcalf Bottoms Trail is closed to all use from Nov. 1st-Dec. 31 due to critical repair of the Metcalf Bottoms Water Tank, located near the trail. During this closure, Little Greenbrier School and Little Brier Gap Trail remain accessible by driving the access road to the school site. Pedestrian use of the access road is not recommended. ***
    *** Construction/maintenance is underway by TVA on the Fontana Dam and will continue through March 31st, 2016. The dam will be closed for vehicle traffic during this time. Foot traffic will be able to access the dam from the steps beside the visitor center.

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Last Update: Sunday June 29, 2014