The Smokies Centennial Challenge Hike 100 program hopes to inspire all potential hikers – young and old, new and skilled – to gain a new appreciation and stewardship for their national park.
To complete the Hike100 challenge, participants must hike any 100 miles of maintained trail within the Smokies’ boundaries between January 1 and December 6, 2016. These miles can include everything from the front country nature trails to the extensive backcountry network of trails.
Participants can choose to hike the same trail more than once, or choose to hike many different trails to reach a total of 100 miles. Participants who reach the 100-mile goal will earn a Smokies Centennial Challenge - Hike 100 pin, and will be invited to a park celebration hosted by NPS Superintendent Cassius Cash.
Additionally, there will be four opportunities to hike with Cash and work towards the 100-mile goal. Two front country hikes will be held Aug. 20 and Dec. 3, and they are both open to the public. Two backcountry hikes will be held June 25 and Oct. 8. These backcountry hikes are all limited to 20 people each. Find more info and how to sign up here! You can also log your miles and post reflections and photos from your hike!
If you have question about the program, visit the park website<...