Sustainability

A wondrous diversity, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, accomplishing this by utilizing alternative energy sources and improving building structures, protecting the bio-integrity of the Park, increasing climate change education and providing outreach through interpretive programming, projects and exhibits.

To fully experience the grandeur of our region, venture into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At 500,000 acres, it's the largest piece of wilderness east of the Mississippi. Eight hundred miles of trails are packed with over 1,400 species of flowering plants, including 150 tree species, over 50 species of ferns, 71 mammals, 35 amphibians and at least 235 birds. Be on the lookout for black bears. Many of them can be seen throughout the park daily!

Interested in having a low impact on the Park?

Low Impact Vacation

This attractive Smoky Mountain Visitors Bureau site will give you information about outdoor recreation activities, nature appreciation and other ideas for the conservation-minded traveler in Townsend, Tennessee. Townsend is "The Peaceful Side of the Smokies."

At Your Lodging

Around the Townsend Area and East Tennessee

In the National Park

In Your Activities and Travels

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Sustainability

Green Vacations

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