• 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.
    *** 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