National Park Service Announces “Centennial Challenge”

Friday, January 22, 2016

Have You Taken the Centennial Challenge?

Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area in Scott County has joined Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the National Park Service’s “Centennial Challenge.” The challenge, which celebrates the NPS’s 100th anniversary, encourages park visitors to journey at least 100 miles inside their favorite national park this year. 

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s promotion is called “Hike 100” and is led by park superintendent Cassius Cash, who has committed to hike 100 miles.

At Big South Fork, the challenge is self-paced, and is not limited to hiking. Paddlers, mountain bikers and horseback riders are all encouraged to participate as well. The park service is incorporating the honor system, asking participants to download a log sheet — which can be found here — and record their journey.

The National Park Service turns 100 Aug. 25.