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Seeing the Mountains By Rail

Smoke and Steam

One hundred years ago, the prime mode of transportation from the Great Smoky Mountains to the big cities was a steam locomotive. Today, riding historical and tourist lines in the area is a connection to that past.

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Spring Gobbler Hunting

Bruce Ingram photo

Every year on the first weekend in April, my wife Elaine and I drive to the Johnson City area, stop by Mahoney’s Outfitters to pick up a hunting license, and then head for a rental house on the side of an East Tennessee mountain. more

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Wiley Cash: Always Home in the Mountains

Ashleigh Coleman Photography

Wiley Cash smiles as wide as a billboard, hand out to meet a fellow traveler, eager to talk about his book, any books, the craft and discipline of writing, his love of reading, influential authors, sports, and the outdoors. more

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It is a cold winter morning in early February when Andy Rosenberger, Paul Hinlicky, and I arrive at my mountaintop land in Craig County, Virginia. more

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Forty-Dollar Rembrandts

Rock City photo

At its zenith, this ingenious form of outdoor advertising urging motorists to visit Rock City, could be viewed on the sides and rooftops of around 900 barns spread along 12,000 miles of highways in 19 states. more

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Beech Mountain Resort

Kristian Jackson photo

Sevierville, Tennessee, native Matthew Ayers stood on top of a groomed slope of dirt in Pigeon Forge and provided his vision for the future. more

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I grew up in the hills of Northwest Georgia, but from an early age my heart was in the Great Smoky Mountains. I pressed my nose against the glass of the Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen in downtown Gatlinburg before I could read. more

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Gatlinburg Gratitude

Webster PR photo

A devastating fire in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, on Nov. 28, 2016, claimed 14 lives, injured almost 200 and damaged or destroyed close to 2,500 homes, businesses and other structures. A year later, victims look back with gratitude and forward with hope. more

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