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Welcome to Smokies Trails Forever

The $4 million Trails Forever endowment is funding a 3rd permanent trail maintenance work crew perform major trail reconstruction across Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s 800+ miles of hiking trails.

Trails Forever is for ALL of the trails in the Smokies for ALL TIME.


In 2008 Friends of the Smokies received  a challenge to match a $2 million grant from the Aslan Foundation of Knoxville.  The Aslan Foundation is the legacy of avid Smokies hiker and founding Friends board member Lindsay Young.  In 2012, Friends of the Smokies celebrates the successful fulfillment of Aslan’s challenge match.

But, there’s more work to do.  Trails Forever is a unique opportunity for anyone who loves the Smokies to contribute to its lasting preservation.

Since 1997, the Aslan Foundation has given more than $240,000 to Friends of the Smokies to help preserve and protect Great Smoky Mountains National Park, plus $2.3 million to-date to establish the Trails Forever endowment.  Read More...

We need your support to make Trails Forever a lasting success and an enduring legacy for both Lindsay Young and the 75th Anniversary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

To support Trails Forever, contact Development Director Sarah Weeks at 800-845-5665 or sarah@friendsofthesmokies.org.  Donations can also be made here.

Latest News

Trail crews have completed the first phase of a project to fix water damage along the Chimney Tops Trail, one of the most heavily used hiking trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Knoxville News Sentinel - Sam Venable
Since retiring from her teaching career, Mary Ann has been sampling volunteer opportunities. One of her most recent was a stint with Trails Forever.

More than $463,000 raised for trail improvement fund at Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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