Giving Tuesday 2019

December 3rd

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving, powered by social media, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

Help Friends of the Smokies make new friends on #GivingTuesday!

This year, we’re providing a social media toolkit with images and text so you can share why you’re giving to support the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and inspire your friends on social media to become Friends of the Smokies! Giving Tuesday is Dec. 3 but there’s no need to wait! Go ahead and start sharing today.

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For #GivingTuesday 2019, we’re highlighting a special project: Rehabilitation of the John Oliver Cabin Trail for Accessibility. This Giving Tuesday project in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will rehab unpaved, uneven trail to the John Oliver cabin between the designated parking area along the Cades Cove Loop Road and the cabin.

Donations will support the Rehabilitation of John Oliver Cabin Trail for Accessibility and once this project has been funded, #GivingTuesday donations will benefit the restoration and maintenance of other historic structures throughout the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. To designate your contribution to another project or program, visit the main donation page for options HERE.


National Parks belong to all Americans.

handicap-signVisitors of all levels of ability visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. When they arrive, we hope they engage with the rich collection of stories and resources that reflect our heritage and diversity. This project will make it possible for visitors with disabilities to enjoy one of the oldest, most popular areas of the park.

The trailhead is located on the Cades Cove Loop Road, roughly 1 mile from the Cades Cove entrance and concludes at the John Oliver Cabin.


John Oliver and his wife Lucretia were the first permanent settlers in Cades Cove, arriving in 1818. The cabin was built between 1822-1823, and remained in the family until the establishment of the national park. The cabin that sits before you is a replica, but provides insight into what living conditions were like for early settlers. The trail also provides an opportunity to view wildlife and there are great views of the Smokies’ crest across the field from the cabin.

giving-tuesday-friends-of-the-smokiesThe trail is currently 0.3 miles in length. It is expected that the trail would be rehabilitated to have an accessible surface and be at least 8 feet wide to allow for passing of visitors and for wheelchairs in this high use area. The total cost of this project is $175,000. Every dollar counts! By supporting this #GivingTuesday park project, the John Oliver Cabin Trail will be accessible for many more visitors. Giving Tuesday is Dec. 3, 2019, but you can donate anytime online, on Facebook or by mail:

Friends of the Smokies
PO Box 1660
Kodak, TN 37764-7660