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Share with us your favorite smells, sounds or sights of Spring. more

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Heavy rains from subtropical storm Alberto caused a portion of the road leading into the park and a retaining wall on the upper parking lot to collapse. more

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In 2017, contractors began repairing deteriorated areas on the tower’s concrete columns and walls, stabilized support walls at the base of the ramp, and repaired stone masonry. more

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Programs highlight activities in Great Smoky Mountains National Park more

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Pilot Mountain became North Carolina's 14th state park in 1968, due in large part to the efforts of a group of local citizens. more

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Escape the summer heat on the high ridges with a guided hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. more

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Hiking with Nana

Holly Kays photo

It was a perfect summer day along a gorgeous riverside trail when our multi-generational entourage—two dogs, five people—set off for a high-elevation adventure in North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest. But my enthusiasm was mixed with nervousness. more

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Deep in the Devil's Cellar

John Forbes photo

Western North Carolina’s Burke County is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, and its crown jewel, the Linville Gorge, serves as a vast hub to foster pursuit of the momentary and sometimes inexplicable wonders of nature. more

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A Year of Hiking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park more

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When you hiked with Glenn Cardwell, you got information. He was a humble and soft-spoken man in his business world, but he waxed poetic and enthusiastic when you got him on the trails. more

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Storm remnants could bring heavy rain to area. more

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Memorial Day Weekend signals the beginning of the summer visitor season on the Blue Ridge Parkway. more

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Event scheduled to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act. more

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Great Smoky Mountains Association-sponsored Branch Out events are designed to enhance greater public understanding, enjoyment and appreciation of the national park. more

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South Mountains State Park celebrates the addition of new park lands secured by The Conservation Fund and Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina. more

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Cook Cabin

Elly Wells

Highlights will include the recently restored Cook Cabin, the historic Baptist church and cemetery, and spring wildflowers. 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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Jim Parham says he is like many people when it comes to finding and appreciating the variety of flowers that can be seen on hikes or simple strolls in the North Carolina mountains. more

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By Lacey Raper

A variety of activities are scheduled for April in the national park. more

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Alone in the woods

Holly Kays photo

There’s always that moment of no return: the instant you are forced to admit that whatever foolhardy plan you’ve been batting around, there’s no longer any option to back out. more

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    Bob Carr photo

    Alum Cave Bluffs.

  • View from Pinnacle Park

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    View from Pinnacle Park

    Nick Breedlove wrote about his favorite hike—to the summit of Pinnacle Park in Sylva, North Carolina—in the October/November 2016 issue.