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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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

Bear cub in the Smokies

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Spring means bear cubs in the Smokies. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

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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

To say Cades Cove: A Personal History gives a unique testimonial of early 20th-century life in the Smokies is more than hearsay. Consider the evidence: The late Judge William Wayne Oliver wrote the book, based on his childhood in the cove. more

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Good Reads

Synchronous fireflies

Spencer Black photo

If epiphanies tend to come in moments of silent solitude, early June at the Elkmont Campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park may be the last place you’d expect to have such an experience. more

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park photo

How’s this for a new angle? For the first time since the 1934 establishment of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, all park streams are now open to fishing. more

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer 1 Comments

I called the hike “worth it” at my first glimpse of Ramsey Cascades and its 100 feet of rocky outcrops, covered by hurtling streams of water. As the exclamation mark of that four-mile trail, the sight sight melted away memories of the elevation gain. more

Apr 1, 2015 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer