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Welcome to the Great Smoky Mountains!

Hike It! is a heavily themed, mid-weight, strategy-based tabletop board game that offers solo, competitive, and team options.  Every game is unique because YOU determine your route, you pack your own gear, and you decide how much you want to push your luck to brave the elements and mother nature.

Your objective in this thematic medium-weight board game is to have the best experience trekking to your three waypoints in the Great Smoky Mountains before hiking back to your trailhead. Your experience is measured in victory points, earned by collecting scenic spot and skill set tokens, completing side hikes, and maintaining your health. And by completing your hike first you earn extra victory points and can return to the game as an aggressive bear to scare the remaining hikers back to their own trailheads!

Strategy & Gameplay

With multiple paths to victory, there are a lot of choices that need to be made during your backwoods trek.

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Read the Rules

Get a sneak peak into how the game is played.  This is still not the final version, as it has yet to be professionally proofread and more changes are no doubt upcoming based on the feedback we receive.

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Some of the Components

1 Double-Sided Game Board

This beautifully detailed map of Great Smoky Mountains National Park serves as the game’s board and depicts actual hiking trails, campsites and scenic spots found in the park!

4 Dual-Layered Player Boards

Your packboard is your lifeline during your trek. It monitors your health, holds your gear and water, tracks your waypoints, and organizes your skill sets.

47 Wooden Meeples, Markers & Tokens

Every hiker meeple, vehicle meeple, bear meeple, campfire token, health marker, and waypoint marker is made of wood and has silkscreen artwork.

69 Wooden Gear & Water Tiles

Carry gear & water in your backpack to cope with stretches of bad weather as well as adversities that you will face while out on the trail.

43 Wooden Scenic Tokens

Whenever you pass a scenic spot on the trail, make sure to pick up its token: each one is a real location in the park and is worth end-game points.

30 Weather Cards

Weather cards let you know the 3-day forecast so you can be prepared for inclement weather that’s coming your way.

4 Wooden Weather Dice

At the start of your turn, roll the weather dice to see if today’s forecast was accurate. If it was, hopefully you prepared for it!

100 Trail Cards

Trail cards represent the unplanned and uncontrollable events that can occur during any lengthy backpacking trip.

54 Skill Cards

Skill cards are earned when you overcome weather or challenges. Three skill cards with the same icon can be exchanged for skill set tokens.

30 Wooden Skill Set Tokens

Three skill cards with the same icon can be exchanged for a skill set token that is worth five victory points at the end of the game.

30 Side Hike Cards

Side hikes are optional personal objectives you may complete during your trek that offer a substantial boost in victory point.

Solo Mode!

The “Solo Hike” mode is a single-player version of Hike It! that is included with the base game . In solo mode, you take your turn as you would in multiplayer mode, then draw an AI card and follow its instructions. Solo mode features:

  • Tarot-sized cards for the AI’s turn with simple instructions.
  • Replication of changing map conditions.
  • Outscore the AI to win.

(The above example shows all potential A.I. options; a normal card will only ever have 2-4 of these options.)

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If you missed our Kickstarter campaign, you still have time for a Late Pledge (for a limited time).

  • 160+ Wooden Components
  • 244 Linen Finished Cards
  • Dual-Layered Player Boards
  • Double-Sided Game Board
  • Silkscreen Art on Meeples
  • Upgraded token bags
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Dice Tower Crowd Surfing – Hike It Preview

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Board Game Garden – Review

Shelf Clutter – Preview

Board Game Rundown – How to Play

Board Game Binge – Interview

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GEN CON 2022

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Running Board Gamer

“Hike It! wasn’t on my radar, but after seeing it in the First Exposure Hall at GenCon and talking with one of the designers, it definitely is now! The art, iconography, and level of detail are really impressive. The design and mechanics really contribute to a solid, fun game. This deserves to be a big hit!”

Brian Symington

Board Game Rundown

This is a very strong recommendation for me. This is not only a game that I would recommend to other people, but a game I want in my collection. I’ve never played a game quite like Hike It!

Tim Aberli

Board Game Rundown

“I’ve hiked some of these trails and I’ve seen some of these waterfalls, and the fact that this is an accurate portrayal of the Smoky Mountains is a phenomenal theme and just a phenomenal decision to base a game around. And it’s really fun to play!”

Mike Rice

Board Game Garden

“Hike It! is probably the most thematic hiking game that I’ve ever played. It’s a great game for people new to the hobby, but it’s also great for people who have been in the hobby for years who want to play a good, thematic hiking game.”

Jenna Rose

Dice Tower

“It seems like a passion project, but they didn’t just throw passion at it, but skill also. You should hike it – I mean, back it.”

Zee Garcia

Dice Tower – Camilla

“I am so excited about this game! I’m huge into the thematic integration. You can tell the designer knows hiking, having to plan your trek and what you are taking…they did their homework.”

Camilla Cleghorn

Little Big Thumbs

“After one play, my impressions are that Hike It! is a polished project of passion, created by an avid hiker and a professional mapmaker, and the final production is going to be something special…I’m planning on being a day one backer.”

JP Decosse

Shelf Clutter

“The thing I like most about this game is that the more gear you carry, the less movement you have on your turn. You are going to have to find that balance of having enough gear to feel safe, but giving yourself enough movement to get to your next waypoint.”

Adam Singer

Dice Tower

“I think this looks terrific! I love the theme – I’ve done quite a bit of hiking through the Smokies. Everything about this game looks good. I love the board and how it’s a topographic map.”

Mike DiLisio

Your Map of the Smokies

This beautifully detailed, 100:00:1 scale map of Great Smoky Mountains National Park serves as the game’s board. Designed by a professional cartographer, it depicts actual hiking trails, campsites and scenic spots found in the park! There are two versions of the map, one on each side of the board.

Manufacturing & Fulfillment Schedule

November 2022

  • Kickstarter campaign ends
  • Late pledges open
  • Finalize estimates & design specs

December 2022

  • Late pledges open
  • Manufacturing spec & order confirmation

January 2023

  • Late pledges open
  • Pre-production tooling & samples

February 2023

  • Late pledges open
  • Manufacturing begins

March 2023

  • Late pledges open
  • Manufacturing continues

April 2023

  • Late pledges open
  • Manufacturing ends
  • Quality control

May 2023

  • Late pledges CLOSED
  • Product packaging
  • Shipping specs finalized

June 2023

  • Freighter shipping

July 2023

  • Freighter shipping
  • Fulfillment begins

Your Backpack is Your Lifeline.

Your Packboard is your lifeline during your trek. It monitors your health, holds your gear and water, tracks your waypoints, and organizes your skill sets.

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The Kickstarter campaign is live.  The Kickstarter version will be significantly better than any potential retail version, so don’t miss out.

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Overcome Weather to Gain Skills

The weather can be challenging in the backcountry, but you will always have access to a 3-day forecast so you can prepare properly. If you choose to push your puck too much, your health may suffer.

Photo Gallery

The Key is to Mitigate Chance

There will always be surprises and events that happen on the trail.  The goal is to mitigate as much of it as possible through smart planning and adaptation.

The Designers

TJ Swing
TJ SwingLead Designer
TJ is a digital marketing and branding expert as well as an avid backpacker. His love for hiking the Appalachian Mountain region and heavily-themed board games spawned the idea for Hike It!

This is TJ’s first game, and has taken him and his team over four years to fully develop. TJ also enjoys disc golfing, binging YouTube, and rooting for the University of Tennessee Volunteers (Go Vols!).

Ron Halliday
Ron HallidayCo-Designer
Ron is a professional cartographer with nearly twenty-five years of experience making maps for clients all over the world. He began designing board games in 2015, and Hike It! is the second game for which he has created a map (the first being Seven Bridges).

Ron enjoys hiking and rockhounding in his home province of Nova Scotia.

Pre-Order Your Copy!

If you missed our Kickstarter campaign, you still have time for a Late Pledge (for a limited time).

  • 160+ Wooden Components
  • 244 Linen Finished Cards
  • Dual-Layered Player Boards
  • Double-Sided Game Board
  • Silkscreen Art on Meeples
  • Upgraded token bags
Get the Game Now!