• 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 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. ***
    *** No parking will be permitted past 5pm or overnight at the Little River Trailhead during the Firefly event: June 2nd-9th. During this event, parking is permitted at the Jakes Creek Trailhead before 5pm as well as overnight. ***
    *** Fontana Dam is closed to vehicle traffic until April 2015 due to a construction project. Hikers can park at the Fontana Dam Visitor Center and walk across a marked route to access the park trailheads, including that for the AT, the Lakeshore Trail and the Benton Mackaye Trail ***

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Backcountry Permits v1.3.1
Last Update: Sunday June 29, 2014