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<em>Smoky Mountain Magic</em>

Smoky Mountain Magic

SMOKY MOUNTAIN MAGIC--Horace Kephart's fictional adventure set in the Deep Creek watershed, Cherokee Indian Reservation, and Bryson City in the summer of 1925. Written in 1929 and never before published. The original manuscript was passed down for 3 generations recently surfaced during the park's 75th anniversary celebration. "What better topic than a journey into a forbidden realm, complete with witches, robber barons, noble savages and a winsome lady, all wrapped in a cloak of mystery and myth?" asks reviewer Gary Carden. Kephart is featured in Ken Burn's PBS series on our national parks. He is the author of "Our Southern Highlanders", "Cherokees of the Smokies", and "Camping and Woodcraft". Available in hardcover and softcover. Read More >


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Hike the Smokies Challenge


Reward Yourself – Hike the Smokies Challenge 

Do you need a little motivation to get out and enjoy the great outdoors?

Join Great Smoky Mountains National Parks’ Reward Yourself - Hike the SmokiesChallenge in 2010. Mileage record books will be distributed at Sugarlands, Cades Cove, and Oconaluftee visitor centers for $1.00 per booklet.

The challenge is to record your mileage, even if it is the same trail day after day. When you have “hiked” 100-miles, 250-miles, and 500-miles, bring your mileage record to one of the three visitor centers to receive your mileage pin and be recorded in the “Hike the Smokies” 2010 web records.

This project was made possible in part by a grant from the National Park Foundation through the generous support of The Coca-Cola Foundation, a Proud Partner of America’s National Parks in cooperation with Great Smoky Mountains Association and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Day hiking in the Smokies is a good way to get the exercise you need while also discovering the beauty of this area, with over 800 miles of scenic trails to choose from, the possibilities for day hikes are endless. 

Video podcasts concerning safety issues for day hikers are listed below:

Water Safety & Day Hiking
How to stay safe around the park's streams and waterfalls.
This film is 4 minutes and 2 seconds long

Day Hiking: & Wildlife  
What to do if you encounter a bear on a trail.
This film is 6 minutes and 18 seconds long

Day Hiking: Expect the Unexpected 
Important information about being prepared for weather, terrain, and the unexpected.
This film is 4 minutes and 55 seconds long