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MariLou Parsons

“You meet the nicest people in
our national parks”

Those words are repeated often by Girl Camper’s National Parks expert Marilou Parsons, especially while referring to the Great Smoky Mountains. Dozens of trips hold stories of hikes, bikes, ranger walks, volunteer days, and… camping. 

 For years, her husband happily obliged the request of  “don’t ever surprise me with a camper,” but in 2012 an auction block travel trailer proudly joined other family members at the campground. 

This retired public-school teacher is the author of Ranger Programs in the Great Smoky Mountains and a longtime fan of America’s parks, places, and people. You can find her on Instagram @AmericaWithMari, as well as her website America with Mari

MariLou’s Latest Articles

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How to Be a Volunteer in the Great Smoky Mountains!

How to Be a Volunteer in the Great Smoky Mountains!

Have you ever wanted to volunteer in a national park? It’s easier than most think and

Wildflower Pilgrimage 2020

Wildflower Pilgrimage 2020

Happy 2020, Girl Campers. May this New Year bring peace to you and yours! The cold ...

The Gatlinburg Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Gatlinburg Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

I’m often asked what keeps drawing me back to The Smokies. It’s a fair question. ...

Historic Elkmont in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Historic Elkmont in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

If you’re ever in The Smokies and find yourself looking for something easy to top off

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