In Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you and your friends will encounter the lively exploits of animals and the magnificence of nature. Spend quality time in nature by walking, breathing deeply, listening, watching, and feeling nature all around you. Doing so will bring you unforgettable joy and the sensation that can only be acquired in the national park.
5 Wildlife Viewing Tips
To make your wildlife viewing experience more enjoyable, try our 5 easy wildlife viewing tips. There is nothing like observing habits of wild animals in nature. Spending time out in the national park and becoming part of nature is truly a remarkable experience.
1. What Should I Do First?
Is there any fast and easy way to find animals? Yes, of course! Just listen carefully and pay extra attention to all the sounds around you. If you hear a noise, hold your position still so that you will not scare them off. Try your best to locate them on tree branches, in the bushes, or on a wooded trail. Please don’t go off the trail, for your own safety. If you have a hard time hearing them, look for a place that is surrounded by trees. The birds are likely to sing out loud to communicate in places where they cannot see each other.
2. How Can We See Nocturnal Animals?
Many animals in the park are nocturnal. Visit the national park early in the morning right around sunrise. If you are lucky, you may see nocturnal animals going back to their nests right before they go to sleep. After a night’s activity, nocturnal animals are likely to be moving slower than usual. That only makes it easier for us to catch their sleepy movements. If you come before sunset, you may see them acting livelier.
3. What Should I Bring with Me?
A comfortable pair of shoes to save your legs from exhaustion and a pair of binoculars are two good things to have. Why binoculars? Getting any closer than 150 feet (50 yards) or just any distance that disturbs animals, is a violation of the Code of Federal Regulations. Please note that any intentional actions to disturb animals’ lives are prohibited in the park. Having a pair of binoculars can let you take a closer look at animals without violating the law. Also, keeping a safe distance from each other is a huge benefit for both humans and animals.
Side Note: How to Use Binoculars in 3 Simple Steps
a. Locate animals with the naked eye.
b. Do not move your eyes off of the targeted animal and hold the binocular toward the viewpoint.
c. Get a sharp focus and hold the binocular at eye level.
4. Any Other Easy Tips to Find Animals?
If there are any ponds, rivers, streams, or any natural water supplies in the area, you can be sure they will be visited by animals. Take a seat near any of these spots and wait quietly until animals appear from the dense forest. Everything comes to those who wait!
5. Know Your Responsibility
Please do not feed any animals you encounter in the park. Your left over lunch can cause illness or death for bears, deer, squirrels, and other animals. Even if we do not mean to cause harm, animals may learn how to approach humans if they are fed by us on a regular basis. They can easily become dependent on food from visitors, the procurement of which could result in an attack on humans. Please keep in mind that this national park has close to 10 million visitors every year. It is important to know that actions we take in the park could risk other people’s lives.
We hope this blog will help you plan your next trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We hope you’ll observe many wild animals during your visit.