Hike It! Board Game Needs Your Photos!


My name is TJ and I am creating a hiking / backpacking board game that takes place in the Smoky Mountains.  It is launching on Kickstarter this June.

While playing Hike It!, your will be traversing the smoky mountains and stopping by many of it’s glorious scenic or historical sites.

(FYI – The board you see above is not final and some of these scenic sites may change based on image availability and game balancing. Also know that many popular sites are left out due to their proximity with other sites, as well as some trails and site locations have been ‘massaged’ to help balance the gameplay – this ISNT and exact replica map of the sites and trails of the Smokies… it is a board game)

One of the components for this game is the SITE CARDS that have a picture of that site on it.  (shown below)   These images are treated with a design effect to make them feel a little like a painted picture, but still maintain much of the detail and beauty of that spot.


So here’s the deal.  All the images used in this game MUST be licensed (thru purchase) or taking by me so they can be legally used in the board game.  Some of the most popular sites in the park have a lot of cheap purchase options on many stock photography sites, but most of the lesser known locations are NOT available for purchase.

This means I was planning a trip in the next 45 days into the Smokies (from Cincinnati, OH) to try to capture as many of these as I could myself (I am also an amateur photographer).

Then it hit me,… there are tons of Smoky Mountain hikers and fans out there that may have the photographs that I need for the game and would be willing to share.

So I am proposing that if you have any of the photos for the sites listed below on this page, and you send them in to me for use on the game, and I use them,…I would be able to give you credit for that photo on the box, in the rule book, on the website AND ON THAT SPECIFIC SCENIC CARD! (as seen in the example – “Photo by: _______”).


  1. You must own that photo and have taken it yourself – otherwise it is illegal for me to use.
  2. The photo must be high quality (not pixelated or blurry), high resolution (large), and in good lighting (not too dark).
  3. No people in the photos (unless it is a damn fine shot and the people are more background and can’t be made out)
  4. Photo must be sent in their original digital format – no hard copies or scans.
  5. All photos must have been taken in the late spring, summer or early fall (leaves on trees) – no winter pics (no dead trees or snow)
  6. All photos must be submitted by April 15th 2021.


To submit your photo(s),

  1. Email them to [email protected]
  2. Include name of the scenic spot and when it was taken
    1. If sending multiple images, please make sure its clear what photos go with what names
  3. Include your full name & email address
  4. Please copy and paste the following line into your email “I have taken this photo myself, I own all rights to it, and I give Hike It! permission to use it in their game.”

If your photo is chosen for that scenic site’s card, I will contact you via email with a digital sample of the card for you to approve for use.  Then your work of art will be forever part of the Hike It! board game.  🙂

Thanks so much for your help bringing this game to life.


  • Abrams Falls
  • Alum Cave Bluffs
  • Andrews Bald
  • Balsam High Top
  • Baskins Creek Falls
  • Bone Valley
  • Burchfield Cemetery
  • Cades Cove
  • Calhoun House
  • Cataloochee
  • Cataract Falls
  • Charlies Bunion
  • Chasteen Creek Cascades
  • Chimney Tops
  • Clingmans Dome
  • Deep Creek Valley
  • Gregory Bald
  • Grotto Falls
  • Hazel Creek Cascades
  • Hemphill Bald
  • Hen Wallow Falls
  • High Rocks
  • Indian Creek Falls
  • Indian Flats Falls
  • Jerry Flats Cemetery
  • Laurel Falls
  • Laurel Top
  • Little Bald
  • Little Creek Falls
  • Little Greenbrier School
  • Lynn Camp Prong Cascades
  • Maddron Bald
  • Mingo Falls
  • Mount Cammerer
  • Mount Guyot
  • Mount Le Conte
  • Mount Sequoyah
  • Mount Sterling
  • Mouse Creek Falls
  • Nettle Creek Bald
  • Proctor Bridge
  • Calhoun House
  • Rainbow Falls
  • Ramsey Cascades
  • Road To Nowhere Tunnel
  • Rocky Top
  • Sequoia-Indian Cemetery
  • Shuckstack Tower
  • Silers Bald
  • Smokemont
  • Spence Field
  • Spruce Flats Falls
  • Spruce Mountain
  • Sweat Heifer Cascades
  • The Sinks
  • Troll Bridge
  • Twentymile Creek Cascade
  • Tyson McCarter Barn
  • White Oaks Sinks Cemetery
  • Wike Cemetery
  • Willis Baxter Cabin