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Smoky Mountain Magic

SMOKY MOUNTAIN MAGIC--Horace Kephart's fictional adventure set in the Deep Creek watershed, Cherokee Indian Reservation, and Bryson City in the summer of 1925. Written in 1929 and never before published. The original manuscript was passed down for 3 generations recently surfaced during the park's 75th anniversary celebration. "What better topic than a journey into a forbidden realm, complete with witches, robber barons, noble savages and a winsome lady, all wrapped in a cloak of mystery and myth?" asks reviewer Gary Carden. Kephart is featured in Ken Burn's PBS series on our national parks. He is the author of "Our Southern Highlanders", "Cherokees of the Smokies", and "Camping and Woodcraft". Available in hardcover and softcover. Read More >


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Annual Members Appreciation Weekend

Registration is CLOSED!

Thank you for your interest - 

Step 2 - Click HERE to make your room reservations at Lake Junaluska's Lambuth Inn by August 19. Our special GSMA Membership Weekend rate is $89 per night. Campers should call the Conference Center for information about RV and other camping options. Or call to make your reservations at 800-222-4930 (8am-5pm, Mon-Fri).
- Click HERE for driving directions to Lake Junaluska.
- Click HERE for a complete list of Conference Center amenities. Due to the time of year, some of these may not be available.

Step 3 - Membership Weekend Fee Options

Option A: $45, Meals Only (Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, Saturday dinner)
Click HERE to register for Option A

Option B: $45, Activities Only (see schedule below)
Click HERE to register for Option B

Option C: $75, Meals and Activities
Click HERE to register for Option C

For those who choose Option B or C, please continue reading for instructions on how to complete your registration by making your weekend activity choices. If you are not required to opt-in for an activity, then the activity is considered inclusive and open to all.

Step 4 - Digital options are no longer available. To register or make changes to your registration, please call the number listed below.

Friday, Sept. 19
2-4:30 p.m. - Check in at Bethea Welcome Center
FULL - 3:30 p.m. - Take a boat tour of Lake Junaluska
4 p.m. - GSMA store at Kern Center to include all our new Members Only items
6 p.m. - Dinner by the Lake at Kern Center
7-9 p.m. - "Carroll Best and the White Oak String Band" CD launch party in Stuart Auditorium

Saturday, Sept. 20
7:30 a.m. - Breakfast buffet, Lambuth Inn
Morning Sessions (9:30-11:30) Choose ONE
+ Birds of Prey with Michael Skinner
+ Make a Cornshuck Doll with Joy Henson
FULL - Learn about Cataloochee Valley's history with NPS Ranger Kent Cave (Carpool to the valley)

Afternoon Sessions (1-3 p.m.) Choose ONE
+ Learn about Misunderstood Wildlife with Steve O'Neil
+ FULL Go birding around the Lake with Kevin Burke
+ FULL Learn about the Elk re-introduction and the last 10 years with Kim DeLozier (Carpool to the valley)
+ Hike around Balsam Mountain with Don Hendershot
+ (3:30 p.m.) Take a boat tour of Lake Junaluska

All-Day Session:
9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. - Hike along Cataloochee Divide with a stop at Purchase Knob with Christine Hoyer (Carpool to Purchase Knob Science Center)

Saturday Evening
5 p.m. - Annual Meeting in Lambuth Inn
6 p.m. - Dinner in Lambuth Inn dining room
7 p.m. - Viewing of "Cataloochee," a new documentary film about the valley's history in the Lambuth Inn
8 p.m. - S'mores by the firepit (near the tennis courts)

Sunday, Sept. 21
FULL - Corneille Bryan Native Garden Walk with Ila Hatter
9 a.m. - Naturalist Ramble on Flat Creek Trail with Liz Domingue. Meet at the Balsam Mountain Picinc Area for this moderate out-and-back walk that will provide a nice break from the summer heat as we enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds along this lovely high elevation trail. Built in 1934 by the CCC, this trail begins at an elevation of 5,300 feet. The grade is moderate as we make ascents and descents through a Northern Hardwoods forest and along Flat Creek. With Liz as your guide, you’ll investigate whatever crosses our path or catches your interest. This can include anything from salamanders, birds and other wildlife to the diversity plant life, as well as animal tracks and traces.


Click HERE to see a list of current participants and class schedules.

As an added bonus, GSMA Board of Directors member Danny Bernstein will lead a hike to Hemphill Bald on Sunday morning. Danny is communicating via EMAIL directly with those interested in this hike, so feel free to send her a note. 

Because the conference center has many activites available to its guests, this year's Membership Weekend schedule has been designed to be flexible, leaving plenty of time to explore the lake and the surrounding communities. For more information about the area surrounding Lake Junaluska:

Click HERE for the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce
Click HERE for the Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce

As always, a phone call is also an acceptable method of making your reservations beginning on Monday, June 2. 865.436.7318, Ext. 222, 254, 325

Deadline to cancel your reservation and receive a 50% refund from GSMA is Sept. 12.


For all those who attended our 2013 60th Anniversary Celebration and Membership Weekend, THANK YOU for being a GSMA member and for supporting this national park!

If you'd like to participate in our post-event satisfaction survey, click HERE for details. We'd love to hear your feedback.