Great Smoky Mountains National Park will co-host the National Park Service Memorial Day Weekend Virtual Campout. This three-day social media event will offer a trove of unique park adventures. The cool thing is visitors can enjoy the event from the comfort of their own living room.
Twenty national parks across America and the Caribbean have teamed up for this effort. The event kicks-off on Facebook on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. The offering will include a range of videos, activities and livestreams suitable for all ages covering topics from history to nature and recreation.
Participants can join the fun on the following topics and more:
- Listen to songs and stories of the national parks with Florida’s Biscayne National Park.
- Attend a virtual astronomy program hosted by Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve in Louisiana.
- Learn to set up a Civil War tent at Georgia’s Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park and more.
“We are pleased to virtually share these unique camping experiences from our fellow parks over the holiday weekend,” said Superintendent Cassius Cash. “We also welcome you back to the park where you can find more than 100 backcountry campsites offering the perfect place for a socially-distanced camping experience.”
As part of the virtual campout, Great Smoky Mountains National Park will present an interactive, virtual at-home camping trip on Sunday, May 24, at 11:00 a.m. Visit NPS.gov or in Facebook. Pitch a tent, grill some more s’more’s, find your park, and virtually “camp out.”
For assistance planning a backcountry campiout in the GSMNP visit the park website at NPS.gov or call (865) 436-1297 to speak with a ranger.
Source material – GSMNP