• Orison Swett Marden

    “Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes – every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man.”

  • Edward Abbey

    “May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.”

  • Lord Byron

    “There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.”

  • Sylvia Plath

    “I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.'”

  • Rachel Carson

    “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”


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At The Day Hiker, we understand visitors to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park want to explore some of the vast wilderness, wildlife, and historic sites available without having to spend the vacation budget on expensive hiking equipment. We offer quality hiking gear at affordable prices so you can be prepared during your outing. So come visit us in Gatlinburg, TN, or come find great deals online by clicking here.

Explore The Smokies


The Day Hiker’s owner, Joseph Guenther, has dedicated more than a decade of his spare time exploring hundreds of miles of trails, backcountry wilderness, and little-known points of interested in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Join the “Hike The Smokies” Facebook group to learn about the trails and share your experiences.

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National Park news and updates, along with special online and in-store sales, catalog modifications, changes in store hours, and other vital information regarding The Day Hiker can be found here.