• 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.
    *** 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. ***
    *** Trail re-construction continues until October 15th on the White Oak Branch and Forney Creek Trails. Users are advised that they may encounter machinery and the trail crew along these trails.
    *** Construction/maintenance is underway by TVA on the Fontana Dam and will continue through March 31st, 2016. The dam will be closed for vehicle traffic during this time. Foot traffic will be able to access the dam from the steps beside the visitor center.

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