Family Hiking in the Smokies: Time Well Spent
Univ. of Tennessee Press, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 100 pages
Family Hiking in the Smokies is specifically geared toward taking children on excursions into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park--the most visited national park in the United States. The park offers much to its nearly ten million annual visitors. For families who seek fun along with educational recreation, the park boasts splendid views and enormous biological diversity.
While the guide book concentrates on shorter day hikes, the book also presents longer trails for overnight or weekend camping. Organized by regions of the park, the forty-two concise trail descriptions include many of the most popular destinations, such as Ramsey Cascades, Grotto Falls, and Clingmans Dome Tower, as well as overlooked gems such as Midnight Hole, Lynn Camp Prong, and Juney Whank Falls. This fourth edition includes new trails not found in the book's previous editions, and all are presented in a user-friendly format.
This delightful volume also includes specific advice regarding safety, trail difficulty, and keeping children's attention. In addition, Family Hiking in the Smokies provides interesting educational sidebars about fauna, folklore, and material culture along the way. This book, based on the experiences of three expert hikers who have walked with their own children and grandchildren in the park, will provide parents and grandparents with a perfect guide for establishing an adult/child bond with the natural world.
Hal Hubbs, Charles Maynard, and David Morris have hiked together and with their families for many years. The three friends formed Panther Press, which originally published Waterfalls and Cascades of the Great Smoky Mountains, along with many other titles on natural history, particularly in the Smokies. Hal, Charles, and David have worked as volunteers in the Smokies and have hiked in many national parks throughout the country. But as long time East Tennessee residents, they especially want families to enjoy the trails of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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Midnight Hole and Mouse Creek Falls
Caldwell Fork and Boogerman Loop
Hen Wallow Falls
Clingmans Dome 25 Clingmans Dome Tower
Upper Meigs Falls
Lynn Camp Prong
Rich Mountain Loop
Porters Creek Trail and Fern Branch Falls
Sugarlands Valley Trail
Jakes Creek Falls
Little River and Cucumber Gap
Huskey Branch Falls
Little Greenbrier School and Walker Sisters House
Grotto Falls and Brushy Mountain
Baskins Creek Falls
Alum Cave to Mt LeConte
Charlies Bunion and the Jumpoff
Look Rock Tower
Juney Whank Falls
Indian Creek Falls
Twentymile Creek Cascade
Shuckstack Fire Tower
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