• 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.
    *** SOLAR ECLIPSE CLOSURE INFORMATION: Clingmans Dome Road will be closed Saturday evening, 8/19 through Monday evening, 8/21. All vehicles must be clear from the road by 11 pm on Saturday, 8/19. All trails, campsites and trails will remain open, but backpackers should carefully consider the road closure when planning their itineraries. Visitors should be prepared for high volume traffic on all park roads on Monday, August 21.

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Last Update: Thursday June 29, 2017