The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Located in the states of Tennessee and North Carolina, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is famous for its natural beauty and rugged trails. Many people visit the Great Smoky Mountains every year. Some people come to the Smoky Mountains to go canoeing while others like to hike the many trails and enjoy the wilderness. As you continue through this article you will learn about some of the wildlife that live in the Great Smoky Mountains while experiencing some of the beauty of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Located in the states of Tennessee and North Carolina, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is famous for its natural beauty and rugged trails. Many people visit the Great Smoky Mountains every year. Some people come to the Smoky Mountains to go canoeing while others like to hike the many trails and enjoy the wilderness. As you continue through this article you will learn about some of the wildlife that live in the Great Smoky Mountains while experiencing some of the beauty of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

 

 

Jordan's Salamander is an amphibian that lives in small bushes and under rocks. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the only place in North America where you can find the red-cheeked salamander. It is distinguishable from other salamanders by the red markings on its cheek.

 

 

Usually the only time Americans think about turkeys is during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. But turkeys are permanent residents of the national park. They tend to inhabit open woodlands where they can find plenty of food. Turkeys eat nuts, seeds, and insects.

 

 

The redheaded woodpecker is the largest species of woodpecker in the United States. The woodpecker feeds on ants and other insects it finds in dead trees. The most famous woodpecker in the United States is the cartoon figure known as Woody Woodpecker.

 

 

River otters have long, tapering tails and webbed feet. River otters spend most of their time in the water but can also travel on land. They are very playful. They like to spend their days chasing each other, wrestling, and sliding down riverbanks. River otters feed on small fish, frogs, and small mammals.

 

 

The two creatures shown here are called raccoons. Raccoons are small animals, usually weighing between 10 to 15 pounds. They are sometimes called bandits because the black fur around their eyes makes it appear as though they are wearing masks. They are also called bandits because they often get food by stealing from trash cans located in picnic areas in the park.

 

 

Pictured here, the red fox lives along woodland edges where it hunts for mice, rabbits, and squirrels. Including its tail, an adult fox will grow to be about 3 and a half feet long and weigh about 15 pounds.

 

 

The red wolf usually hunts in packs and feeds on animals as small as rabbits and as large as the black bear. The red wolf is a natural enemy to many farmers and ranchers because they will sometimes kill sheep and cattle in order to survive when other game is not readily available. As a result the wolf was hunted so much in the past that it almost became extinct.

 

 

The deer seen here is a white-tail which is the most common type of deer found in America. You can tell this is a buck because of the antlers on his head. The term 'buck' means a male deer. Some people in America hunt deer for their meat. Deer meat is called venison and, according to those who hunt deer, is very good to eat. All wildlife in the national park are protected so this deer won't ever have to worry about hunters.

 

 

The cat in this picture looks like a common house pet, but don't be fooled. This cat is known as a bobcat, named for its short, bobbed tail. The color of the bobcat's fur helps it to hide as it waits silently for its next meal. Bobcats will eat rabbits, squirrels, and other small animals.

 

 

There are many black bears in the Smoky Mountains. Bears are good climbers and will often climb trees to escape danger, to find food such as berries or honey, or to take a nap. What would you do if you came upon a black bear while hiking in the Smoky Mountains? One thing you should never do is climb a tree. Some people say that if you roll yourself into a ball and play dead the bear will just go away. Other people say you should run downhill because when a bear chases a person running downhill the bear will lose its balance and tumble 'head over heals’ down the hill allowing you to escape.

 

 

As mentioned earlier, many people come to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to enjoy the beauty that is offered by mother nature. On this page there are a few pictures that capture the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. For example, the picture above is of a small stream that runs through the mountains. There are many streams like this one in The Smoky Mountains. These streams are home for various kinds of marine life.

 

 

In some areas of the mountain's streams run across rock ledges and drop downward. This is known as a waterfall because the water falls down the rocks.

 

 

 

 


This is a picture of Deep Creek Valley, one of the many breathtaking views that can be seen in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you look closely you can see a blue haze over the mountains in the background. It is this blue haze which inspired someone to call these mountains The Great Smoky Mountains.

 

 

 

 

We've come to the end of our journey through the Great Smoky Mountains. The sun setting behind the mountains is one of natures most beautiful sights. But to really enjoy sunset in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park you must be there in person. So, I hope that you will someday be able to visit The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.