Everyone wants to see wildlife in the Smoky Mountains when they visit. But do you know where the best places to see these creatures are? We know you want to know when the best times to spot these creatures are and where the best places are to see all kinds of animals in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here are 3 things you need to know about wildlife in the Smoky Mountains:
1. What Type of Wildlife You Might See
First, we want to share with you some of the animals you might see while you’re visiting the national park. There are 65 species of mammals, over 200 varieties of birds, 67 fish species, and more than 80 types of reptiles and amphibians. The most popular animals people want to see are black bears. Some mammals you might see include squirrels, white tailed deer, and groundhogs. Some birds you could see include turkeys, finches, and owls. There are also snakes, turtles, and lizards.
2. Where to See Wildlife in the Smoky Mountains
If you want to see animals in the national park, you need to know where the best places to spot them are! Cades Cove is one of the top spots to see a variety of wild animals. You are more likely to see black bears, white tailed deer, turkey, all kinds of birds, squirrels, and many other animals throughout the 11-mile loop. Black bears are also often spotted along hiking trails and along the Roaring Fork Motor Trail. Turkeys are usually seen in meadows, as well as deer, because that’s where they find their food. Squirrels and small birds can be seen nearly everywhere, from hiking trails to picnic areas.
Reptiles and amphibians will probably be around cool, damp places. You’re likely to see salamanders near creeks and waterfalls. You’ll find fish and crawdads in any body of water in the park. Snakes are usually seen along hiking trails and off the trails. You might even see turtles in dark, damp places near water.
3. When You Should Look for Them
Every type of wildlife in the Smoky Mountains explores their natural habitat at different times. We will share the best times for wildlife viewing with you based on what kind of animal you’re looking forward to possibly spotting. Black bears are the most active early in the morning and late in the evening during the spring and summer. Coyotes hunt and fish at night because they are nocturnal, so if you want to see these creatures, look for them early in the morning or late in the evening. Deer are also active at night, but you might see them during the day as well. Wild turkeys are usually out in the early morning. Some animals you are likely to see throughout the day include salamanders, snakes, turtles, squirrels, birds, butterflies, and more.
Seeing wildlife in the Smoky Mountains is one of the best parts of visiting the Smokies. It’s so neat to see these creatures in the wild. Exploring the national park is just one of the many exciting things you can do when you stay with us. Once you book your cabin, you’ll get access to some pretty great deals! Check out our Freedom Fun Pass for discounts and free tickets to local attractions.