Friends Of The Smokies Blog

Classic Hikes of Smokies 2017 schedule

February 21, 2017

Big Creek Classic Hike 2012

by Julie Dodd The Classic Hikes of the Smokies 2017 hiking season begins on March 14, with a hike on Mingus Creek Trail to the Mingus Family Cemetery. The Friends of the Smokies hiking series provides guided hikes in the…

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GSMNP hits record attendance in 2016

January 27, 2017

Hikers at Charlies Bunion

by Julie Dodd The Great Smoky Mountains National Park set a record for attendance in 2016 and was the most-visited national park in the country. A record 11,312,785 people visited the park, a 5.6 percent increase over 2015. National Park…

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Giving Thanks and #GivingTuesday

November 23, 2016

This time of year, we can’t help but be reminded of all the wonderful things we have to be thankful for in our lives: family, friends, work, faith, community, and the beautiful natural world in which we live. I know…

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