Youth Walk 100 Miles for Parks Centennial Celebration

Park Superintendent Cassius Cash took diverse youth groups on their first hiking experience.

The Smokies Centennial Challenge project brought underserved youth to Great Smoky Mountains National Park for a very special hiking experience.

Along planned hikes totalling more than 100 miles, these youth interacted with Park Superintendent Cassius Cash and other knowledgeable outdoorsmen and women. Incentives were provided to encourage completion of the 100 miles, and an interactive webpage allowed participants to share photos and reflections. Some of the kids participating in the project took their first hike as part of the Challenge.

In addition to connecting youth with a national park in their backyard, students were able to complete an amazing feat--an accomplishment and source of pride they will treasure for a lifetime!