Dominic Lesnar at Lookout Mountain Observatory

Photo by Tim Barnwell • www.barnwellphoto.com

Portal to the Cosmos

Once in a lifetime. That’s the motto for millions of Americans who will journey to the path of totality when the Great American Eclipse sweeps over the Smoky Mountains on August 21.



Smoky Mountain Living has rounded up a comprehensive guide of eclipse festivals, events, and programs. Explore our vast list to find an event that suits your group. more


Hot Springs, North Carolina, and Damascus and Harper's Ferry, Virginia, offer wonderful amenities along with a walk down part of the Appalachian Trail. more


Picnic time

NPS photo

For the Garland family of Maryville, Tennessee, summer Sundays in the late 1950s and early 1960s meant picnic-time in the Smokies. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Features

Microbreweries of the mountains are peddling more than pints these days. The Smokies’ national acclaim as a craft-beer destination has led the burgeoning microbrewery scene on a quest for expansion, one that’s intersecting with the region’s history. more

Apr 1, 2017 12:00 AM Features

Growing up in Cherokee County, Jan Davidson had always heard of the John C. Campbell Folk School. He recalls his first pilgrimage to the Brasstown campus as a first-grader on a field trip. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Features

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