Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with support from the National Park Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation and the Great Smoky Mountains Association, will be kicking off the summer with new programs designed specifically for families.
The new programs are based on the park’s current Hike the Smokies and Adopt a Trail programs, both of which have been hugely successful.
The new child-friendly Hike the Smokies program encourages families to hike the park’s shorter, less-strenuous trails and offers them an opportunity to record the number of miles hiked in a booklet designed especially for the program. The booklet also contains a spot for family members completing 10 and 40 miles to display special stickers awarded for achieving those two milestones. Special “Hike the Smokies-For Families” lapel pins are awarded to those completing 25 and 50 miles. For more information about Hike the Smokies, visit www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/hike-the-smokies.htm.
The new Adopt a Trail program gives parents and children an opportunity to help maintain a short, kid-friendly park trail. As trail adopters, families help preserve the beauty of a park trail by keeping it trash-free. Adopters also help by removing small branches from the trail and reporting larger maintenance needs to the park. After five maintenance trips, families receive a special certificate and lapel pin in recognition of their work. For more information on Adopt a Trail, go to www.nps.gov/grsm/supportyourpark/adopt-a-trail.htm.... read the rest of the story by Subscribing now.