• 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.
    *** HURRICANE IRMA BACKCOUNTRY ADVISORY: Please be advised that we expect the Hurricane Irma storm front to impact the park beginning Monday, Sept 11. This storm will likely bring with it heavy rain and high wind which can lead to hazardous conditions for backcountry travel. The risks associated with this storm are such that we are discouraging people from venturing into the backcountry. Please consider this information carefully before planning an itinerary.
    *** Clingmans Dome Observation Tower will be closed beginning Wednesday, August 23 through the remainder of the 2017 season to complete rehabilitation work. The Clingmans Dome parking lot, visitor contact station and store, the trail to the tower and all access to the trailheads in the vicinity will remain open.

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Last Update: Thursday June 29, 2017