Monday, March 21, 2011

Horace Kephart Days Celebration

The third annual Horace Kephart Weekend will be held on April 29 - May 1, in Bryson City, North Carolina this year.

The three-day event celebrates the life and works of author and national park advocate Horace Kephart.

Kephart first came to the Great Smoky Mountains in 1904 looking for a fresh start in life. He moved into an abandoned cabin on a remote tributary of Hazel Creek where he pursued his passions for hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, and generally living off the land. During the 1920s, Kephart and his friend, accomplished photographer George Masa, campaigned to establish the Great Smoky Mountains as a national park. Kephart wrote letters, articles, and a booklet championing the cause, while Masa contributed with his landscape photography. Together they raised awareness of the significance and beauty of the Smokies, and sounded the alarm over the devastation brought about by industrial logging.

On Friday, April 29th there will be a guided hike to Kephart's Hazel Creek cabin site. Space is limited (and there is a cost involved). For more information and to sign up, e-mail

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