Come read, exercise, and explore the outdoors as you discover what makes Great Smoky Mountains National Park a special place! 

This storybook trail is designed to encourage literacy, promote healthy living, and inspire a stewardship of our national parks.  Read the book, complete the hands-on activities, and share your storybook experience with us.  Join us to Create a National Park, make a harmonica, and more…

Read the storybooks along the 1-mile Cosby Nature Trail (April-May 2021) or purchase your own copy at to go along with these Smokieee’s activities.

Create A National Park

Why do we need national parks?

Great Smoky Mountains National Park was set aside to preserve the southern Appalachian Mountains, including the diverse plants and animals living there, and the rich cultural history of people connected to these lands. Why do we need to protect it? Because parks belong to the people and they must learn about these valuable resources and how to preserve and protect them!

Participants will create a mini-national park in an outdoor area, marking a nature trail and providing visitors with information about their park. After developing a proposal national park designation, receive the Owner’s Manual to your national park!

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