Hike with Friends of the Smokies


Friends of the Smokies is a not-for-profit organization in partnership with the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  They have helped the park not only maintain the trails and recreational areas, but they help foot the bill as well.  Friends of the Smokies has raised over $34 million through individual, corporate and foundation contributions, special events, and sales of specialty license plates in Tennessee and North Carolina.  The team works to preserve, protect, and provide for this national treasure.

The group also leads hikes through the park. Full day hikes are the 2nd Tuesday of every month. The next one is August 12th. This hike will highlight the Appalachian Trail. Join Friends as they journey to Charlies Bunion. Round trip the hike is 8 miles and ascends 1,800ft in elevation. What better way to see the park than with a knowledgeable guide who shares a love for the outdoors?

To join this Classic Hike of the Smokies a $10 donation for Friends members and $35 for non-members is requested to benefit the Trails Forever Fund.

To register for any of this year’s hikes, contact Brent McDaniel at

outreach.nc@friendsofthesmokies.org or call (828) 452-0720.

2014 Classic Hikes of the Smokies

August 12: Charlies Bunion
via Appalachian Trail
8 miles, 1,800 ft ascent
Featuring support for Appalachian Trail
Highlights: Spectacular views
September 9: Clingmans Dome
via Mountains-to-Sea Trail
7.2 miles, 1,600 ft ascent
Featuring support for the Trails Forever Fund
Highlights: Panoramic vistas
October 14: Pretty Hollow Gap
8 miles, 1,500 ft ascent
Featuring support for wildlife management
Highlights: Elk rut and stunning fall color
November 11: Deep Creek Circular
9 miles, 1,600 ft ascent
Featuring support for trout management
Highlights: Beautiful waterfalls
December 9: Kephart Prong
4 miles, 300 ft ascent
Featuring support for environmental education
Highlights: Historic CCC camp structures

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