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Charli Kerns

We humans love knowing, even more so controlling. Our fate, our lives, other people, circumstances, etc. So, few things cause more anxiety in life than a horizon line, be that mental, physical, emotional or spiritual. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

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Brenda Ernst

Paddling whitewater on the Nantahala River, fly-fishing the French Broad, mountain biking the single-tracks of Pisgah Forest—outdoor adventure comes naturally in Southern Appalachia. more

Mountain Explorer

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Seven Islands State Birding Park photo

With spring underway, it’s time to talk about the birds and the bees—and Seven Islands State Birding Park, Tennessee’s newest state park and its first dedicated to birding. more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

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Donated photo

Motivation tends to drop with the temperatures for most, and as winter wears on hibernation can seem more appealing than exploration. However, getting that rush is simpler than venturing into the woods 365 days out of the year. more

Feb 1, 2016 12:00 AM Departments

Sandhill Cranes

iStock/stuckreed Photo

The dead of winter may not seem like the best time to attend an outdoor performance. However, for those willing to brave the January chill, the stars of the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge promise one spectacular show. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Eastern hellbender

David Herasimtschuk photo

Even on a hot July day, the creeks of Roane County are cold enough to need thick wetsuits. Outfitted with snorkels and fins, divers explore the shallow creek’s rocky bottom on a hunt for the elusive hellbender, North America’s largest salamander. more

Nov 1, 2014 12:00 AM Features 1 Comments