All forms of outdoor recreation have a higher level of risk than most ordinary activities, and therefore can be potentially hazardous and/or dangerous. This includes hiking and backpacking. Risk is always a factor in backcountry and high-mountain travel, especially when weather is adverse or unpredictable, or when unforeseen events or conditions create a hazardous condition. There are many other risks, both natural and/or man-made, that could lead to injury or death while traveling in backcountry wilderness.
Therefore, it is the responsibility of the users of this website to learn the necessary skills for safe hiking and backcountry travel, have the proper physical conditioning, and carry the proper gear, including a good trail map, while hiking any trail. All users of this website must assume full responsibility for their own actions and personal safety while hiking on any trail. All users of this website must also exercise sound judgment, be prepared for all weather and wilderness conditions, and seek advice from a local park or forest ranger on current trail conditions and wildlife warnings before venturing out onto any trail. Hiking trails and backcountry conditions change from day to day, and from season to season, therefore rendering any information on this website subject to change without warning.
Hiking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in particular presents visitors with a number of potentially dangerous and lethal hazards, including extreme heat, lightning and snow storms. The park is also home to black bears, among many other potentially dangerous wildlife. Our Hiking Safety Tips page points out many of the hazards that hikers could potentially encounter, with links to more detailed information.
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