The Great Smoky Mountains National Park encompasses over 800 square miles (that's 521,490 acres) almost equally divided between North Carolina and Tennessee, and is one of the largest protected areas in the eastern United States. The variety of elevations and habitats in the park leads to an immense diversity of wildlife. Many people don't realize we have wildlife in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that is endangered or threatened. Today is a good day to remind people which species are considered endangered and to remember why conservation is so important. endangeredspeciesdayListed here are only a few:

  • Red-cockaded Woodpecker
  • Indiana Bat
  • Carolina Northern Flying Squirrel
  • Smoky Madtom

The park supports 14 federally-listed Endangered or Threatened species. There are 25 animal species under consideration for federal listing as Endangered or Threatened, and 194 species of plants and animals that are ranked as globally vulnerable, imperiled, or critically imperiled by The Nature Conservancy. Not to mention, there are 405 plant species that occur in fewer than five locations in the park, 3 of these are federally-listed and 74 are state-listed as threatened or endangered. For more information on those who are endangered or threatened, check the full list out: HERE Truly, the Smoky Mountains are an exceptional place. The biodiversity of the Great Smokies is world-renowned and because of this, it is an International Biosphere Reserve. Every major eastern forest type can be found within the Park's boundaries.With such an amazing array of wildlife here in the Smokies, we hope all Park visitors value the abundance of plant and animal life and show each species the respect they deserve. ~Colonial Properties Cabin & Resort Rentals