The Great Smoky Mountains have the largest number and variety of different types of animals, plants, fungi, and other organisms in one habitat than any other National Park system. The Great Smoky Mountains encompass over 800 square miles in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. No other area of equal size in a temperate climate can match the park's amazing diversity, with over 19,000 species already documented in the park.

Be sure to visit Terri Waters Gallery and view the "Wildlife" collections which include the birds, bears, and flowers of the Smokies.