Looking for a fun activity to do with your family? Hike the Smokies for families program is a good alternative.
Why not go on a day hike in the Smokies?
There are several short nature trails and family friendly trails in the park that are perfect for exploring with children or for those who need an easy hike. Walking for the sake of walking can be a strange concept for kids. So get your children outside and enjoy their unencumbered delight in exploration. the challenge is to keep track and record the mileage from each trail excursion, even if it is the same trail day after day and the park will award you with mileage stickers and pins.
The definition of family is broad. It could be a parent with children, a grandparent with grandchildren, two or more siblings, or any other combination of people who are members of a family.
Safety is always a concern when hiking with children. While you won’t need any specialized equipment to enjoy these hikes, it is always smart to take enough water and snacks for everyone. Wear sturdy footwear to make the hike more enjoyable and dress in warm layers on colder days. Please remember to be respectful and do your part to preserve these areas because they are wonderful pieces of Smoky Mountain history. Please do not move any objects you find, and leave all plants undisturbed.
Family booklets to record mileage are available for $1.00 at the park’s four visitor centers. (Sugarlands, Oconaluftee, Clingmans Dome, Cade Cove) When the family has hiked 10 miles, 25 miles, 40 miles, and 50 miles, they can bring their mileage records to one of the park’s visitor centers to receive a mileage sticker or pin and be recorded in the “Hike the Smokies-For Families” record book.
Experience Great Smoky Mountains National Park on foot!
Take the Challenge! Hike the Smokies for families!