Memories of Old Smoky

Early Experiences in the Great Smoky Mountains

  • Author(s): Campbell, Carlos C.
  • Series: Outdoor Tennessee Series
  • Imprint: Univ Tennessee Press
  • Publication Date: 2005-05-30
  • Status: Active
  • Available in Paper: Price $19.95 | Buy Now

Carlos C. Campbell’s love affair with the Great Smoky Mountains lasted for more than fifty years. One of the principal figures in the movement to have the Smokies established as a national park, Campbell helped to ensure that future generations would enjoy the mountains just as he enjoyed them. As one of the founding members of the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club, he hiked more than four thousand miles of the park’s trail system and participated in the marking of the Appalachian Trail. Today, due in part to Campbell’s efforts, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited destination in the national park system.

In 1967, Campbell wrote Memories of Old Smoky. Though two previous books written or co-written by Campbell had sold well– including Birth of a National Park in the Great Smoky Mountains, one of the most significant records of the park’s development to date–Memories of Old Smoky only became available in a privately published edition after the author’s death. Now, in this edition, Campbell’s reminiscences, divided into sections on hiking, wildlife, people, sights, and others, become available to an even wider audience. Narrated in Campbell’s unaffected, personable prose, the Smokies truly come alive on the page– from its breathtaking panoramas, deep-cut gorges, waterfalls, and sunsets from Cliff Top.

Part memoir and part guidebook, with plenty of humor and history to round out the mix, Memories of Old Smoky is a testament to the beauty of the mountains by one of the Park’s most ardent supporters.