National Park Service

The Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park top lists for popularity, according to the National Park System. more

Feb 28, 2018 3:43 PM Blog

Bobby Hicks

Pat Franklin

Fiddlers come together for annual show in Madison County, North Carolina more

Feb 19, 2018 4:10 PM Blog

Museum exhibit showcases new research from World War I battlefield where unassuming Tennessee soldier singlehandedly routed a German counter-offensive. more

Jan 23, 2018 11:47 AM Blog

Jack Coburn was a pivotal figure in regional affairs at the onset of the Great Depression, and arguably of greater significance in the Park’s creation than anyone on the North Carolina side of the Smokies. more

Dec 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads 1 Comments

Fort San Juan: What Lies Beneath

Warren Wilson College

It is January of 1567. You are Juan Martin de Badajoz, a Spanish conquistador skilled with the sword, the harquebus, and crossbow. You have crossed 3,000 miles of dangerous ocean. more

Oct 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

A Walk Around Wytheville

Bruce Ingram photo

Wytheville is a charming small town in the mountains of Southwest Virginia that offers a variety of musical entertainment, shopping opportunities, rich history and abundance of outdoor recreation. more

Oct 1, 2017 12:00 AM Outposts 1 Comments

Sam Hunnicutt introduces his book by stating, “I claim to be a perfect hunter and fisherman for game fish; I know the best kinds of hunting outfit to use, I know the best kind of gun to use for killing game and also the best dogs to use for hunting.” more

Oct 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

Mapping a Prehistoric Tapestry

Alan Cressler photo

Caves evoke the innate wanderlust of the American spirit. For a country built on exploration and discovery, a deep yearning to venture to uncharted places is engrained in our collective psyche. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Features

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

Mapping a Prehistoric Tapestry

Alan Cressler photo

Jan Simek is an intrepid cave explorer. He’s probed the depths of more than 800 caves in the rich grotto country of East Tennessee and its border states. The master spelunker isn’t on a quest for adventure, however. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Features

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

In the late summer of 1780, the fifth year of fighting between the Americans seeking independence and the British Empire, the American South seemed doomed to fall to British control. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads


Beth Patton photo

Whether he’s scavenging the countryside in search of honeysuckle and dandelion, scouring mom-and-pop farms for fennel and carrots, or tracking down local honey and sorghum cane juice, Todd Boera is on the cutting edge of the farm-to-mug movement. more

Apr 1, 2017 12:00 AM Features

Oconaluftee Indian Village

Margaret Hester photo

For many of us, fragments of images or threadbare associations are exactly how we create memory. Even brain research tells us that we learn by forming connections to what we already know. more

Apr 1, 2017 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Microbreweries of the mountains are peddling more than pints these days. The Smokies’ national acclaim as a craft-beer destination has led the burgeoning microbrewery scene on a quest for expansion, one that’s intersecting with the region’s history. more

Apr 1, 2017 12:00 AM Features

12 Days of Christmas

Donated photo

Partridges and pear trees need not apply: These 12 holiday destinations around Southern Appalachia offer mountain merry-makers a bit of everything—from homespun traditions to festive glamour and glitz. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Features

Influence not bound by gender

Henry Glassie photo

In 2009, seven years after the death of Ola Belle Reed, Maryland state folklorist Clifford Murphy set out to unearth how her mountain music was playing out in the small towns where her music had flourished. more


“Your background is all you have; it starts you off.”

Maryland State Archives photo

Fifty years ago, when she was fifty, Ola Belle Reed looked back to tell the story of her life. For months we had been recording her songs. Now it was time for her life. more


New Harp of Columbia

Carroll McMahan photo

Harmonious voices—often described as spirited, soulful, poignant, even haunting—ring out from Middle Creek United Methodist Church in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. These shape-note singers practice an art older than the church where they’ve assembled. more

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Clingmans secret tunnel

Deb Campbell

Hikers, outdoorsmen, photographers, and locals reveal their favorite treasures of “the back of beyond”—from secluded trails and fishing streams to quiet overlooks and picnic spots. more

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I have joked that if my journalism got someone in the region angry enough to spit, a DNA swab could prove beyond any doubt that we were cousins. That's the way it is when you count eight generations tying you to these mountains. more

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