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Friends of the Smokies

The final Classic Hike of 2018 follows the beautiful water of Kephart Prong to Kephart Prong Shelter. Read more

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Friends of the Smokies is an official nonprofit partner of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and has raised $62 million to support critical park programs. Read more

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The Great Smoky Mountains Association plans to close its Sevierville retail store by November 1 and Friends of the Smokies will convert it into additional office space. Read more

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Sam Hobbs

A steep climb over a rocky trail leads to a switchback, and the trail then follows along the side of Sugarland Mountain. Read more

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Biologists estimate there are more than 1,500 black bears in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, for a population density of about two bear per square mile. Read more

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Get out on foot

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All proceeds support Trails Forever, a partnership between Friends of the Smokies and the National Park Service. Read more

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The September 11 hike is a fundraiser for Trails Forever, a partnership between Friends of the Smokies and the National Park Service. Read more

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Escape the summer heat on the high ridges with a guided hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Read more

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Cook Cabin

Elly Wells

Highlights will include the recently restored Cook Cabin, the historic Baptist church and cemetery, and spring wildflowers. Read more

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Bob Carr photo

A two-year effort to restore Alum Cave Trail, one of the most popular hikes in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is now wrapping up. Read more

Mountain Explorer

Charles Maynard

Margaret Hester photo

Charles Maynard has spent his life hiking all over the Appalachian Range and tending to its needs. He’s mountain through and through, and the peaks’ solid, stony grandeur seem to have forged in his soul a deeper appreciation for all creation. Read more

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When Steve Woody and Barney Coulter got a mysterious call from Smokies Superintendent Randall Pope in the early 1990s asking to see them in his office, they dutifully, albeit curiously, complied. Read more

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