The holidays are approaching, and once again you have no idea what to give your beloved Uncle Fergus and Aunt Ida. What to do? What the blazes do you give such people? Well, books, of course. But not just any books. more

Good Reads

Have you ever pulled into an overlook in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and gazed across the distance at the rippling mountain peaks and wondered, what are the names of all those mountains? Do they have stories to tell? more

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

Sweet Appalachia

Cades Cove butterfly

Photo by Mark Roberts, Mark J Roberts Photography

Seven photographers bring us the sights of spring in the mountains. more

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Starry night

Mark Roberts

Few things endure quite like the memories made on an endless summer day in the mountains. Our readers share their views of those special moments. more


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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When artist and photographer Louis E. Jones arrived in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, in the 1920s, he became the first artist to reside permanently in the remote mountain village and earn a living from his craft. more


Fall view

Kristina Plaas photo

With crisp blue skies and a riot of colors in the treetops, fall in the Smokies is a photographer’s paradise. But with more than 800 square miles to chose from, where should an aspiring shutterbug start? more


Harvesting Beauty

Ken Abbott photo

In 2004, photographer Ken Abbott signed up to chaperone his daughter’s preschool field trip to Hickory Nut Gap Farm in Fairview, North Carolina. Little did Abbott know how deeply the fifth-generation family farm would get under his skin. more


Winning viewpoints: ​Out of more than 1,000 photographs, a panel of judges chose 42 images as finalists in the 12th annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition, a selection of which we are proud to feature in these pages. more


Walk into any bookshop in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and you will almost certainly find an impressive array of books celebrating these life and times—from hiking guides to Cherokee folk tales. And the new titles keep coming. more

Good Reads

Spring Cleaning

Jo Harris

The hills are alive with the sounds and sights of spring. Our readers share their views of nature’s renewal. more


Tell it on the mountain

Sherry Shook photo

What does it mean to be alive—is it simply to exist or persist or is it to thrive? Our readers share their views of the things that survive. more


As the light changes in the fall and the landscape takes on a golden hue, the mountains burn with umber colors in a photographer’s view. Here, our readers share their captured images with you. more

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The Man, George Masa

Courtesy of Great Smoky Mountains Association/George Masa Collection

In 1933, George Masa, a pivotal figure in the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the creator of some of the finest black and white photographs of the region, died in Asheville from influenza. more


Catching a feeling

Ed Kelley photo

Jo Ridge Kelley wants you to feel her painting. To clarify, streaking your fingers across the canvas is generally frowned upon and could result in a stern escort out of the gallery. more


Cradle of Forestry

Margaret Hester photo

Sliding Rock and Looking Glass Falls mark the winding roadway through the Pisgah National Forest to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Perhaps lesser known, the Cradle of Forestry is a unique 6,500-acre Historical Site. more


View from Bear Den Overlook

Tim Barnwell photo

As the mountains rise and fall along the 469-mile length of the Blue Ridge Parkway from Cherokee, N.C., to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, one might look out upon the landscape and wonder just what it is that one sees. more

Mountain Explorer

Berry the Steer

Courtesy of Tim Barnwell

The man known for plowing his mountain farm with a steer instructed, “Berry, look at the camera,” and, sure enough, the bovine with horns that came up to the farmer’s shoulders turned toward Asheville photographer Tim Barnwell. more