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

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

Bad piggie

NPS photo

Only the most farsighted and intuitive of those who labored for the creation of the Smokies could have foreseen the slate of environmental challenges that would be facing the park mere decades after its dedication in 1940. more

May 1, 2009 12:00 AM , Features