#FindYourPark Contest Winners

May 5, 2015

For National Park Week (April 18-26), we wanted to celebrate Great Smoky Mountains National Park and this year’s theme, Find Your Park, with a few contests on our Facebook page. There were trivia contests, a photo contest, and more. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Check out our daily winners below:

Ready, Set, Hike! Jennifer Karrasch submitted this winning Trail Review of her hike to Abrams Falls with her husband and children.

Smoky Mountain Recipes Emily Hand’s super simple recipe for Fried Cornbread will leave your mouth watering!

1 cup cornmeal mix
2/3 cup water
1 cup vegetable oil

  1. Gently stir together all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2. Drop batter with a large spoon onto a hot, well greased griddle.
  3. Cook as you would for pancakes, turning to brown both sides.
  4. Serve with butter.

Find Your Park Plant ID Challenge Joy Blair Ingram correctly named all 5 mystery plants. How many can you name? Click a photo below to see the answer.

Find Your Park Photo Contest DJ Odom was our photo contest winner with the beautiful shot of Cable Mill in Cades Cove.Cable Mill, DJ Odom

Celebrating Earth Day in the Smokies Melissa Coatney was our daily winner for leaving us these great tips for keeping GSMNP green and reducing your impact on the park:

I often do day hikes and I carry a grocery store bag with me inside my backpack so that I can keep all my trash contained. I usually take water, snacks and/or a quick and easy sandwich with me on my hikes, and I’m sure to not leave anything left behind except my footprints… And I always, always, always stay on the trail!

Tag, You’re It! Thanks to drivers in NC and TN sharing their love of the Smokies with everyone on the road!

Find Your Park Historic Structure ID LeAnne Jennings really knows her stuff and correctly identified all 5 historic structures. Do you know them?

Smoky Mountain Memories Thanks to Jean Loney for sharing her favorite memory of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The first time my parents took me to the Smokies I was 9 months old. My dad would get up in the mornings get my bottle ready for me – then sit outside and feed me while my mom and siblings slept in. We continued to spend time every year (sometimes 3 seasons – spring, summer and fall) exploring what the mountains had to offer. Picnics each day, swimming, horseback riding and hiking. They instilled a love of the Smoky Mountains and to this day I still try to get back to visit whenever I can.

One picnic in Cades Cove included a skunk who tried to scare us off from our dinner. Dad remained at the picnic table while mom and I finished our meal in the car. Fortunately the skunk finally left and we headed back out to join dad. Other times we would drive through Cades Cove several times to see more deer, bears and wild turkeys. So many great memories. My dad is gone now but I feel like he is with me when I visit the Smokies. My mom who is 94 went back with me last October and it was so special to be back there again and make more memories.

Find Your Park Trivia Contest Aaron Mitchell nailed it, answering all 5 trivia questions correctly in our final challenge. See how well you can do:

  • This rock outcropping was named by Horace Kephart and is said to resemble part of his friend’s foot after a long hike. Can you name it?
    Tommys Toenail
    Harrys Heel
    Beths Big Toe
    Charlies Bunion
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park was officially dedicated by President Franklin Roosevelt on this date, 6 years after the park was established by Congress:
    December 7, 1941
    September 2, 1940
    July 4, 1939
    January 1, 1938
  • Approximately how many species of organism (plants, animals, fungi, etc.) exist in Great Smoky Mountains National Park?
  • In 2013, Great Smoky Mountains National Park became a Sister Park with what other national park?
    Yosemite National Park, USA
    Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK
    Kruger National Park, South Africa
    Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
  • The Cherokee people have called these mountains Shaconage, the place of the blue smoke, for thousands of years. What causes this blue-gray smoke that gives Great Smoky Mountains National Park its name?
    Water vapor from plant respiration
    Recurring forest fires
    Pollution from nearby cities
    Good, old-fashioned, slow smoked Carolina barbecue


Many thanks to everyone who played along with us this National Park Week!

Wherever you Find Your Park, we want to hear about it!

One thought on “#FindYourPark Contest Winners”
  • Brent McDaniel Brent McDaniel says:

    Trivia Answers:
    1. Charlies Bunion
    2. September 2, 1940
    3. 18,500
    4. Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
    5. Water vapor from plant respiration

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