• 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.
    *** TRAIL CLOSURE ADVISORY: During construction work on historic structures in the Elkmont area, two different trail closures will be in effect. The Little River Trail will be closed from the trailhead to the junction with Cucumber Gap Trail to all use Monday through Friday from March 6th, 2017-March 26, 2017. All campsites/shelters in the backcountry will remain open and can be accessed using routes that do not include the closed section of the Little River Trail. The Jakes Creek Trail will be closed from the Trailhead to the junction with the Meigs Mountain Trail to all use Monday through Friday from March 27, 2017-May 26, 2017. All campsites/shelters in the backcountry will remain open and can be accessed using routes that do not include the closed section of the Jakes Creek Trail.

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