Basic tips that could help save a life  

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park 

Statistically, yes, it is very safe to visit 

But it's called the wilderness for a reason. Here are some basic safety tips ... 

Be sure to pack the essentials. You need good shoes, a first aid kit and plenty of water 

Hike prepared 


Service will not be reliable in the park. Bring a physical map and know how to use it 

Don't rely on GPS 


Usually, yellowjackets can cause more problems to visitors than snakes 

Be aware of snakes, insects 


Black bears usually keep to themselves, but be sure to practice black bear safety 

Respect wildlife 


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