The “Hike The Smokies” patch and sticker was an idea derived from members of the "Hike the Smokies" Facebook group. Enough group members concurred that it would be a good way to identify other members on the road or on the trail and it was agreed upon that an extra cost added on would be donated to a worthy cause within the Smokies.
The patch and sticker are sold as a set for $10. The first five dollars will cover the cost of goods, sales tax and postage. The second five dollars will be donated to “Friends of the Smokies Trails Forever”. As increments of 200 sets are sold, Joseph Guenther, the group's founder and moderator, will write a check in the amount of $1,000 on behalf of the group to this worthy cause.
I always loved hiking and playing in the woods as a kid. Family vacations were always camping trips that, to me, were more exciting than any beach or amusement park.
After high school, I joined the U.S. Army as an infantryman thinking it was a job that included hiking and camping with pay. My last assignment was at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and my family and I made numerous trips to the Smokies from there. It quickly became our favorite place to visit.