Friends of the Smokies

This is the rare opportunity to have a “net downhill” hiking experience. Read more


Participation is limited to 750 runners on the 5k or 10-mile courses. This year’s race takes place on Sunday, November 3. Read more


Lodging and meals are provided at The Buckhorn, East Tennessee’s classic country inn, which features stunning views of Mt. Le Conte. Read more


Guided hikes are held on the second Tuesday of each month, March-December. Read more


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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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


Charles Maynard

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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


Mount Cammerer fire tower

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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