George Ellison

Horace Kephart with a pipe in his mouth, a gun in his hand and a snake nailed to the wall.
Courtesy of Western Carolina University Hunter Library, Special and Digital Collections

Naturalist Horace Kephart is a Southern Appalachian icon. He authored beloved books about hiking and exploring, and one of his most famous is even lovingly referred to as the “camper’s Bible.” But Kephart is perhaps best known for his crusade to preserve the Great Smoky Mountains.