Three species of trout call the Smoky Mountains home: Brook, Rainbow, and Brown. Fish are under a lot of pressure to compete for resources, which has led to several
species to be placed on the Park's list of fish to watch. The Spotfin Cub and Yellowfin Madtom are both threatened, while the Duskytail Darter and Smoky Madtom are endangered. Not to be outdone by the rest of the living world, plant life in the Smokies is diverse and plentiful. Several types of hickory, maple, and oak trees round off the top of the list for leafy trees. There are also a multitude of pines, along with spruce, fir, and cedar. Cherry trees are a favorite amongst the black bear and it us not uncommon to see a bear balancing delicately on a tree branch enjoying a snack. Blackberry, raspberry, and blueberry shrubs are also a common food source for bears. Flowering plants make for a beautiful sight
in the Smokies. Trillium, Lady Slippers, Columbine, Magnolia, and Violets are common in early spring. Late in spring, Mountain Laurel and Flame Azalea emerge.