40+ Outdoor Quotes to Inspire Your Great Smoky Mountain Adventure

If you find yourself dreaming of outdoor adventures and some fresh mountain air, these outdoor quotes may provide just the inspiration you need to book that trip to the Great Smoky Mountains. We have curated this list of 40+ of our favorite outdoor quotes to inspire and motivate you as you plan your next adventure.

These words from some of the most noteworthy adventurers will definitely motivate you to get outside and hit the trails! We hope you feel a sense of awe and wonder as you experience the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and you remember the serenity found in nature and fresh air.

“You’re off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.” ― Dr. Seuss

"You're off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way."

“Live the life you’ve dreamed.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” – Ashley Smith

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” – John Muir

“Now I see the secret of making the best person, it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.” – Walt Whitman

“Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air’s salubrity.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” – Alexander Supertramp Mccandless

“Through struggle to the stars.” – Latin Proverb

“We don’t stop hiking because we grow old. We grow old because we stop hiking.” – Finis Mitchell

"We don't stop hiking because we grow old. We grow old because we stop hiking."

“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Walking is a man’s best medicine.” – Hippocrates

“Hiking and happiness go hand in hand or foot in boot.” – Diane Spicer

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.” – Anne Frank

“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.” – Henry David Thoreau

“The Earth has music for those who listen.” – William Shakespeare

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” – Gary Snyder

"nature is not a place to visit, it is home"

“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” – John Muir

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” – John Muir

“The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.” – JRR Tolkien

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. – Edward Abbey

At the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling. -Unknown

“In my opinion, camping can be the greatest expression of free will, personal independence, innate ability, and resourcefulness possible today in our industrialized, urbanized existence. Regardless of how miserable or how splendid the circumstances, the sheer experience of camping seems a total justification for doing it.” ― Anne LaBastille

“You don’t have to sit outside in the dark. If, however, you want to look at the stars, you will find that darkness is necessary. But the stars neither require nor demand it.” – Annie Dillard

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” ― John Burroughs
“Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of woods before sunrise” – George Washington Carver
“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson