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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Four Hikes, Four Experiences

Max Cooper photo

Autumn is a fantastic time of year to hike the trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The daytime temperatures are wonderfully cool and the air is clear of haze allowing for vistas that extend to the horizon. more

Oct 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

From boonies to boomtown and back again, the Hazel Creek community’s complicated history comes to life in a new book from the Great Smoky Mountains Association. more

Oct 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

The Elkmont Historic District in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is getting a makeover, with work now underway to restore some buildings and demolish others. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Before and after

Photo special to Smoky Mountain Living

Working in her studio nestled on a hillside overlooking Wears Valley, a border community of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, artist Kathryn Rutherford’s face takes on a radiance. more

Jun 29, 2017 4:02 PM Sweet Appalachia

Phenology training

NPS photo

Spring came to the Southeast three weeks early this year, and a burgeoning citizen science effort in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park aims to put a bead on whether seasonal patterns are shifting for good. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Picture-perfect Alum Cave Trail, marked by smooth tread and tightly constructed steps and bridges, is the result of two years of backbreaking work involving 50,000 hours of work from a continuously rotating crew of 50 people. more

Mountain Explorer

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

Jan 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

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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 Mountain Explorer

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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 Mountain Explorer

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 Mountain Explorer

On Top of Old Smoky: New Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music features artists such as Dolly Parton, Norman Blake, Kate Brislin, and David Holt performing tunes that Smoky Mountains residents would have been singing when the national park was developed. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Learn the Constellations

Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

With a new year comes new resolutions. Whether you hope to hike more or stress less, eat better or give back, Smoky Mountain Living offers an only-in-Southern-Appalachia guide to making 2017 your best year yet. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM , , , , , , , Features

With the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1934, early park bureaucrats attempted to rewrite history by presenting the land largely as a primeval wilderness instead of preserving the folkways of its bustling communities. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Good Reads

The Painter of the Smokies

The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, SC

Rudolph Ingerle wasn’t the first artist to turn his brush on the endless mountain vistas of the Smokies, and he certainly wasn’t the last. But he may have been one of the most influential. more

Oct 1, 2016 12:00 AM Features

A Stay with a Story

Tapoco Lodge photo

Fly over the Smoky Mountains and one thing becomes apparent: This is a wild place. That wildness calls us to come visit. more

Oct 1, 2016 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

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NPS photo

It’s not too often that celebration of a century on Earth gets commemorated with a vow to hike 100 miles. For the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, however, that’s exactly what the plan is. more

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Being careful about the where and when of choosing a hike in the Smokies is nothing new to Terry Maddox, who recently retired from 26 years as executive director of the Great Smoky Mountains Association. more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Phase one of a three-year plan to make the Great Smoky Mountains National Park more energy efficient came to a close with the park’s purchase of new equipment using a $239,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Park’s Initiative. more

Feb 1, 2016 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Monarch butterfly

NPS photo

A little white sticker on the ground might not seem like an exciting find, but when journalist Jaimie Maussan found the 14-year-old tag on the floor of a Mexican forest, he quickly realized he held something amazing. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

In his new book Lost Elkmont (Arcadia Publishing, $22), writer Daniel L. Paulin reveals secrets of this Smokies logging camp turned exclusive resort. Here Paulin shares more insight on the early days. more

Jul 1, 2015 12:00 AM Good Reads