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Superintendent Leads 'Hikes for Healing' In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Cass Herrington
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent Cassius Cash this summer launched a series of guided hikes aimed at discussing and working through racial tension, called "Smokies Hikes for Healing."

 

 

For the superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the killing of George Floyd over the summer hit especially hard. 

Cassius Cash is Black, and his father was a police officer. The incident was so distressing, Cash had to do what he knows best. 

 

He went for a hike. And he noticed how it helped ease tension in his body. 

"You always come out of the woods, better than when you went in," Cash said. 

 

That spurred the idea behind a new series of hikes he's calling "Smokies Hikes for Healing."

 

They're eight hikes -- limited to 10 people for social distancing -- aimed at providing a safe space to talk about race in the fresh mountain air. 

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