Jim Casada

Jim Casada, a native of Bryson City in Western North Carolina, shares his lifelong love of fly fishing in this encyclopedic book. Anyone interested in fly fishing in the Great Smokies will find this book invaluable. more

Sep 1, 2009 12:00 AM Good Reads

In terms of literary prominence, Olive Tilford Dargan ranks second only to Horace Kephart among outlanders who adopted the Smokies as home. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

Smokies natives have always been noted for their humor. Dozens of books and thousands of oft-told tales offer examples of this characteristic. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

The Angel of Brasstown

Special to Smoky Mountain Living

Folks commenting on Tipper Pressley’s daily blog, “Blind Pig & the Acorn,” often call her the “angel of Brasstown.” Where writer Tipper Pressley really shines is in her devoted to celebrating and perpetuating our rich, varied Appalachian heritage. more

Feb 22, 2017 12:00 AM Departments 1 Comments

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

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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The better part of a century has passed since the individual who was arguably the finest lawyer and legal mind ever to call Haywood County home was in active practice, and next year will mark a half century since his death. more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Features 2 Comments


Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

In December of 1916, hard times held the high country of the Smokies in a stranglehold. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Good Reads


Jim Casada photo

The unusual characteristics of the persimmon, along with its widespread presence in Southern Appalachia, have long made it a prime contender for mountain folklore and folkways. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia


Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

In many ways Grandpa Joe was a boy trapped in an old man’s body. As full of tricks as a pet ’coon, tough as a seasoned hickory sapling, and imbued with 70-plus years of Smokies wisdom, he possessed an unflagging sense of adventure. more

Apr 1, 2015 12:00 AM Good Reads

“Why he ain’t a professor; he’s just an old dirt dauber.” Several decades ago that’s how a woman known to locals as the “plant lady” described me to another customer who mentioned that I taught at the local university. more

Apr 1, 2015 12:00 AM Good Reads

Hog eating weeds

Mandy Newham illustration

Grandpa Joe offered a study in character contrasts. Though easygoing and soft-spoken, he was mule stubborn. While tough as a well-seasoned hickory shaft and seldom given to shows of emotion, he could be wonderfully patient with his adoring grandson. more

Nov 1, 2014 12:00 AM Good Reads

The allure of mountain rivers

Don McGowan photo

The life’s blood of the high country, rivers wander across the mountain landscape like laughter lines etched on an old man’s face. Theirs is a storied past, for major waterways form sparkling threads woven through the entire fabric of human history. more

Aug 1, 2013 12:00 AM Features


Sarah E. Kucharski photo

A half million acres of sheer loveliness featuring breathtaking scenic vistas, the greatest ecological diversity of the Northern Hemisphere, waterfalls galore, hundreds of miles of trails, and only a single avenue of asphalt bisecting its fastness. more

Apr 1, 2011 12:00 AM Features

Fire Pink

Don Casada photo

An avenue of asphalt winds its way along hundreds of miles of ridge lines forming a world of natural wonder. The Blue Ridge Parkway offers a bounty of blessings, and perhaps nothing quite matches the breathtaking beauty of the Parkway’s wildflowers. more

Mar 1, 2010 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer


Photo courtesy of Jim Casada Collection

Sport has always been a bright thread woven into the fabric of the mountain folkways. Long before creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the area’s steep ridges and deep hollows were cherished bear hunting territory. more

May 1, 2009 12:00 AM Features 1 Comments


Jim Casada photo

On one occasion my good wife, in a moment of exasperation, said, “You like to wander alone so much, your epitaph will probably read—‘Jim Casada hated people.’” That’s not the case, but there are times when I prefer people in mighty small doses. more

Mar 1, 2009 12:00 AM Departments