Hike It! The Backpacking Board Game

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn — “I moved to Tennessee, Knoxville, right after high school. Fell in love with the Smokies, fell in love with the Vols, and fell in love with Krystals,” T.J. Swing said.

Now he lives in Ohio. But T.J. Swing still backpacks in East Tennessee at least twice a year, just not in the winter.

The digital marketer came up with a way to enjoy the adventure of hiking, indoors. He’s developed a game called Hike It: The Backpacking Board Game.

“The goal was to make this game feel like you’re out on the trail without sweating and walking, you know, the 30 or 90 or whatever miles that you’re doing,” he said.  “The Great Smoky Mountains has one of the best trail systems that you could possibly use. I mean, there’s 900 something miles of trails in there so it really made the board easy to design when you have that many options on different trails and different scenic vistas you can use.”
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