Greetings from Great Smoky Mountains National Park

I spent most of my childhood growing up in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains. I have many fond memories of hiking and camping in the Smokies with my family. I was the kid begging my siblings to stop along the trail so I could rest. Hiking is hard work! Decades later I returned to the Smokies on a journey of healing from illness, starting with a hike on the shortest, flattest trail in the park. A few months later I revisited my favorite childhood trails, places I thought I’d never see again like Laurel Falls and Clingmans Dome. Now I’m giving back to the place that gave me my life back by serving as a park volunteer.

Sincerely,
Kristina

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the country's most popular national park sites. It offers postcard-perfect views and plentiful wildlife.

State(s): North Carolina Tennessee,

Established: 1926

“We need unspoiled natural places to retreat to as we disconnect from our hectic everyday lives and reconnect with the peace and beauty of this world. We all need healing places. I found mine!”

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