Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Nature & Wildlife in Smoky Mountains

Foliage in the Great Smokies

The Smokies foliage changes in the mountains beginning in mid-September and moves down to the valleys through October, often continuing into early November.. Here is a guide to the spectacular fall colors. Yellow Flowering beech, birch, black gum, buckeye, hickory mountain ash and yellow poplar trees Scarlet Red maple tree Red Dogwood, ...

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Life Zones

The Smokies' various ecological communities are most often identified by forest types called, "life zones." Elevation, soil conditions, moisture or dryness, and exposure to wind and sun all play roles in determining the location of life zones. Botanists usually identify the forests by the kinds of trees that predominate.  Cove ...

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Flora & Fauna

The astounding variety of plants and animals in the Smokies is unequaled in most temperate areas of the world. Biological diversity is the hallmark of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which encompasses over 800 square miles in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. No other area of equal size in a temperate ...

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Firefly Light Show at Great Smoky

Synchronous fireflies (Photinus carolinus) are one of 14 species of fireflies that live in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They are the only species in America whose individuals can synchronize their flashing light patterns. The fireflies put on a stunning synchronized light show every year. Peak flashing for synchronous ...

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