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Kathy Kyle photo

These Boots Were Made for Hiking

A map and a pair of hiking shoes changed my life. My older sister bought me my first hiking boots when I was fresh out of college, adventurous and fortunate to have a job that gave me independence.

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Joe Deal was just a 20-something year old young man when he pitched the idea of a corn maze to his dad, a seasoned 30-year tobacco farmer who quit growing tobacco after the federal government deregulated its price in 2004-2005. more

Oct 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

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Sow True photo

Cover crops grow large amounts of biomass above ground. This protects the soil, suppresses weed growth, and provides a homegrown mulch that can be cut in place to decompose and enrich the soil. more

Oct 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Foothills Parkway

NPS photo

A new 16-mile section of the Foothills Parkway will likely open in mid-2018 following a groundbreaking in April. more

Oct 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

From boonies to boomtown and back again, the Hazel Creek community’s complicated history comes to life in a new book from the Great Smoky Mountains Association. more

Oct 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Have you ever pulled into an overlook in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and gazed across the distance at the rippling mountain peaks and wondered, what are the names of all those mountains? Do they have stories to tell? more

Oct 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Four Hikes, Four Experiences

Max Cooper photo

Autumn is a fantastic time of year to hike the trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The daytime temperatures are wonderfully cool and the air is clear of haze allowing for vistas that extend to the horizon. more

Oct 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Seed Saving

Chris Smith photo

There are whole books devoted to the art and practice of seed saving, but this will give you a brief summary for tomato seeds, which happens to be one of the easiest places to start. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Dairy Legacy

Jon Ostendorff photo

Behind the tractor and gumboots and Tennessee accent, John Harrison has the restless curiosity of a cutting-edge innovator. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer