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Alum Cave Bluffs

  Arch Rock, heath balds and cliff faces are some of the interesting geological rock formations you will see on this nature hike up the Alum Cave Bluffs trail.

Barred Owl 

 © Great Smoky Mountains Association 2011. Every hike seems to bring different experiences, and if you're in the right place at the right time, you may have the chance to see some wildlife. Have a look at this cool barred owl seen on the Rich Mountain Loop Trail in Cades Cove! © GSMA 2011. All rights reserved.

bears in a tree


 Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to more than 1,500 bears. We need your help to keep bears wild by becoming "Bear Aware." To best protect yourself, please keep your distance from bears by maintaining a distance of at least 50 yards. Keep your food, trash and food scraps away from bears. And never attempt to take a selfie with a bear. Put your cell phone down and use a telephoto lens. Please, do your part to keep wildlife WILD!

 Black-Bellied Salamander

 Take a closer look at the mountain creeks and streams and you may find a Black-Bellied Salamander.


Brook Trout


 Brook Trout

 In this short and interesting nature program we learn about the only species of trout native to the Great Smoky Mountains.

Cataract Falls

Cataract Falls

Take an easy family-friendly hike to Cataract Falls and the Fighting Creek Nature Trail just minutes from Gatlinburg, TN. 


elk standing in a field



 Watching a gang of elk near Cherokee, NC.


Grotto Falls


Grotto Falls

 Join us on an hike to one of the Smokies prettiest and most fun waterfalls. Grotto Falls are the only falls you can walk behind. This is an outdoor adventure the whole family can enjoy.


Laural Falls


 Laural Falls

 Take your family on this short nature hike to one of the most popular natural attractions in the Smokies.

wildflowers in a field. 


Enjoy a sampling of April flowers in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including showy orchis, foamflower, and creeping phlox.

© GSMA 2012. All rights reserved  

A wild turkey 

 Wild Turkey

 © Great Smoky Mountains Association 2010. This is the wild ancestor of the domestic turkey that ends up on your dinner table at Thanksgiving. You can see them in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, from Sugarlands to Cataloochee to Cades Cove. Stop and watch them for a bit. They are really handsome creatures and fun to watch. © GSMA 2010. All rights reserved.