Posts tagged Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Backpacking the Smokies: Waterfall Hikes

Summertime is the perfect time to hike to waterfalls in the Smokies. Nothing beats a brisk morning hike in the Smokies combined with a dip at a waterfall to finish it off.

We have compiled a list of the top 3 waterfall day hikes in Smoky Mountain National Park. All of the waterfalls listed are waterfalls you can visit on a day hike.

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Fire in a Downpour: A Two Day Backpacking Trip in the Smoky Mountains

Recently, I was able to go on a personal backpacking trip into the Smoky Mountains, something that I don’t usually get to do. Most of my trips out these days center around business concerns in regards to achieving specific objectives for The American Wild Trekking Company.  I was able to return to the wilderness with my twin brother Nick, who I haven’t backpacked with in 6 years. The last time I went on an overnight trip into the backcountry with him was into the Pyrenees Range in France in 2012.

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Lieutenant Dan's First Rule: Always Take Care of Your Feet!

Every time I mount an expedition into the Smoky Mountains there is a scene from the movie “Forrest Gump” that always plays through my head. It is the scene where Forrest  and Bubba first set foot in Vietnam and meet Lieutenant Dan. He gives them two rules:

“Take care of your feet and try not to do anything stupid! Always change your socks!”

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Why Wilderness Matters

Often, in western society we become focused on the tedious, mundane, momentary necessities thrust upon us by the specialization of modern labor expectations. We work in boxes, travel in boxes, live in boxes, learn in boxes, and when we die we are put in the ground in boxes.

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