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Ben Anderson

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. more

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Explore the beauty of the Smokies with author Ben Anderson as he chronicles a year-long backpacking and hiking adventure in this glorious region. more

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

Mountain Explorer

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. more

Mountain Explorer

A Year of Hiking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park more

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Kephard Prong Trail

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For nearly a decade, beginning in the mid-1980s, hiking Kephart Prong Trail was a rite of spring for me. True, there are more spectacular places in the Great Smokies, nearby Charlies Bunion being one of them. more

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