Friends Of The Smokies Blog

2019 Classic Hikes of the Smokies

January 12, 2019

FOTS Oct 2018 Classic Hike - photo by Linda Spangler

by Julie Dodd Start planning now to join the 2019 Classic Hikes of the Smokies. The hikes are each Tuesday of the month, from March through December. These guided hikes explore trails all over the park and support Trails Forever,…

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Snow changes December Classic Hike destination

December 21, 2018

December Classic Hike 2018 hikers with GSMNP sign - photo by Linda Spangler

by Julie Dodd Snow closed US 441 through the Smokies, but that didn’t keep FOTS hikers from getting in a December Classic Hike. But the snow did change the hike location. Instead of hiking the Kephart Trail as scheduled, the…

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GSMNP high school interns value learning about NPS careers, gaining friends, developing self-confidence

December 4, 2018

GSMNP interns lead interpretive session - NPS photo

Brette Pattillo shares the experience of the GSMNP high school summer interns. Brette says the interns were brought together by their intrigue and love of nature. They learned about NPS careers, challenged themselves, developed friendships, and became stewards of the…

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