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IMPORTANT NOTICE—The safety of our members and guides is our highest priority. Due to uncertainties related to the COVID-19 public health emergency, Branch Out events have been cancelled until further notice. We hope to see you soon! 

If you can’t visit us, we welcome you to support the GSMNP online by:

Shopping with us online. Visit our online store here

Purchasing a Membership, which includes online discounts when you sign in.

Donating directly through our donations page here.


Great Smoky Mountains Association’s Branch Out event programming is designed to help you learn more about Great Smoky Mountains National Park and its surrounding ecosystems on four primary tracks:

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OAK Programs: Observe. Ask. Know.

Learn more about our park’s and our region’s wondrous diversity of life through expert-led sessions focusing on naturally and culturally significant topics.

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Hiking 101: Explore this Hiker’s Paradise. 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known the world over as a paradise for people who like to walk in the mountains.

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Backpacking: Discover the ‘Back of Beyond.’

Spend days and nights in the backcountry apart from worldly distractions. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of the outdoors and deepen your connection to nature.

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Acorn Adventures.

Kids 14 years and younger, together with a chaperone, are invited to leave the distractions of daily life behind and escape to the Smoky Mountains for a professionally guided educational adventure.

All registered participants must read and agree to Great Smoky Mountains Association’s waiver policy prior to joining an event. Even after a participant has digitally signed the waiver through the online registration process, GSMA representatives and/or event guides retain the right to exclude a registered participant if, in their professional opinion and estimation, said participant would put themselves or others at risk of injury by joining the activity. If a registered participant is asked not to join, he/she is entitled to an 80% refund of the registration fee.