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Hungry Mother State Park

Hungry Mother State Park: What’s In A Name?

Numerous versions of the story exist, but they all seem to possess a common thread. That a mother, perhaps named Molly, and a child escaped Indian captivity and when other settlers found them, the child proclaimed in a feeble voice, “Hungry, Mother.”

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A circle provides great symbolism for the town of Ellijay, Georgia. It’s located in the middle of incredible natural beauty and surrounded by miles of trails, wilderness areas, lakes, streams, waterfalls and even reports of Bigfoot sightings. Read more

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Author and herbalist Maia Toll suggested we meet at Dobra Tea on Lexington Avenue in downtown Asheville. As I stepped inside, my frantic disposition eased in response to the delicious smell of leaves and the quiet ambiance that embodies such a place. Read more

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With more than 11 million people visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park every year, mishaps are bound to happen. Read more

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For a route that has long been derisively called The Road to Nowhere, Lake View Drive certainly leads to an inviting part of the park. But yes, it does end a long way from its originally intended destination near Fontana Dam. Read more

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Jonesborough, Tennessee’s oldest town, is filled with a collection of historic homes displaying a variety of architectural styles and themes. Those homes will be the centerpiece of the Colors of Christmas Tour and Dinner on Saturday, December 1. Read more

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The towering Balsam Mountain Range stretches from south of the park to the Great Smokies’ crest at Tricorner Knob. Read more

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Underground Time Travel

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Getting to Mammoth Cave National Park isn’t easy, especially in the dark. From Western North Carolina, anyway, the trip involved hours of off-highway driving through hills punctuated by struggling Kentucky coal towns before reaching the park. Read more

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Christine Hoyer has always loved the outdoors and backcountry exploration. After a first career in research psychology, she decided it was time for a change and quit to volunteer on the Appalachian Trial. Read more

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The Art of Spinach Germination

Sow True Seed photo

It's time to gear up for the fall growing season. Read more

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Describing the weather in the Great Smoky Mountains as unpredictable is not engaging in hyperbole. Most any time of year, weather shifts in the Smokies can be sudden and dramatic. Read more

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