In 2008, Friends of the Smokies received a challenge to match a $2 million grant from the Aslan Foundation of Knoxville, the legacy of an avid hiker and Friends of the Smokies founding board member, Lindsay Young. Now a $5 million endowment, Trails Forever funds a full-time trail crew to reconstruct and rehabilitate some of the park’s most impacted trails.
Trails Forever is a partnership program between Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Friends of the Smokies. Learn more about becoming a volunteer.
Trails Forever, the most ambitious fundraising campaign in Friends of the Smokies’ history, is creating a legacy not only for the Friends organization, but also for three very special people who loved Great Smoky Mountains National Park.