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Winter pinnacle

Winter’s Pinnacle

It was 20 degrees, snowing, and I was alone with my dog in a trackless middle of nowhere. I couldn’t have been happier.

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Bear cub in the Smokies

JON & REGINA PHILLIPS/J & G PHOTOS

Spring means bear cubs in the Smokies. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Outdoors

Winter Pinnacle

Cataloochee Ski Area

Few things bring out the child within like a blanket of white and some good old-fashioned fun in the snow. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Outdoors

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Bob Carr photo

A two-year effort to restore Alum Cave Trail, one of the most popular hikes in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is now wrapping up. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Outdoors

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Wolfgang Wander/Creative Commons

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park occupies some of the most biologically diverse forest on the globe, and the recently competed Species Mapper offers the opportunity to explore that diversity from a computer screen. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Outdoors

Cherokee National Forest

Cocke County Partnership photo

Drivers know the stretch of Interstate 40 between Hartford, Tennessee, and Canton, North Carolina, as a white-knuckled experience wedged between concrete barriers and moving walls of tractor trailers. more

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 AM Outdoors 1 Comments

King of the forest

Creative Commons Photo

Klandagi, or “lord of the forest,” was the Cherokee name for cougar. The Cherokee revered the big cat; that and the owl were the only two animals to reach the seventh (highest) level of purity and sacredness. more

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 AM Outdoors 1 Comments

Alone in the woods

Holly Kays photo

There’s always that moment of no return: the instant you are forced to admit that whatever foolhardy plan you’ve been batting around, there’s no longer any option to back out. more

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 AM , Outdoors

Whether explorers or stewards, park creators or residents—countless people have left their mark on the Smokies. Yet the Great Smoky Mountains Association has gone ahead and counted 100 such people who it has deemed the most influential. more

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 AM Outdoors

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