Great Smoky Mountains National Park107 Park Headquarters RoadGatlinburg, TN 37738
PhoneVisitor Information(865) 436-1200
Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America’s most visited national park..please leave your comments!
Things to DoThis Wonderful National Park is a hiker's paradise with over 800 miles of maintained trails ranging from short leg-stretchers to strenuous treks that may require backcountry camping. But hiking is not the only reason for visiting the Smokies. Car camping, fishing, picnicking, wildlife viewing, and auto touring are popular activities.
WildlifeMost visitors come to This Area hoping to see a bear. Some 1,500 bears live in the park. From the big animals like bears, deer, and elk, down to microscopic organisms, This Park has the most biological diversity of any area in the world's temperate zone. The park is a sanctuary for a magnificent array of animal and plant life, all of which is protected for future generations to enjoy.
Flowers In All Seasons
Over 1,600 kinds of flowering plants are found in the park, more than in any other North American national park. From dainty hepaticas and spring-beauties in the late winter to showy rhododendron and azalea shrubs in summer, to the last asters of late fall, blooming wildflowers, shrubs, and trees can be found nearly year-round in the park.
Ranger-guided programs are offered from late spring through early fall in the park.
Ranger-Guided Programs and Special EventsRanger-guided programs give visitors the opportunity to explore the wonders of the park with a Ranger. Programs are offered in spring, summer, and fall.
ClimateGreat Smoky Mountains National Park has a moderate climate, typified by mild winters and hot, humid summers. When planning a trip to the Smokies, keep in mind that elevations in the park range from just over 875 feet to 6,643 feet and that the topography can drastically affect local weather. Temperatures can vary 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit from mountain base to top, and clear skies at lower elevations do not guarantee equally pleasant weather on the higher peaks.
Scientists estimate that 100,000 different species live in the park.
Did You Know?What lives in Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Although the question sounds simple, it is actually extremely complex. Right now scientists think that we only know about 17 percent of the plants and animals that live in the park, or about 17,000 species of a probable 100,000 different organisms.