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Scott McLeod

My wife, Lori, and I have always loved camping. From the time we met as students at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, we have been known to just throw our camping stuff in a vehicle or on our back and take to the woods. more

Oct 1, 2017 12:00 AM Blog

When I first moved to the Smokies, my wife and went hiking nearly every weekend. With only one infant child in tow, we would look forward to these all-day adventures, 8- or 9-hour treks to balds or waterfalls or secluded mountaintops. more

Feb 1, 2016 12:00 AM Blog

Lori McLeod

Family photo

The day began cloudy, teetering between breaking up or building up. A sprinkle turned to a steady rain that became a torrential downpour. By the time we were about a third of the way around the lake, our clothes couldn’t take on any more water. more

Aug 1, 2013 12:00 AM Good Reads

Cutting through the cold

Family photo

For years I’ve purchased firewood, and every time I handed over the money my own guilt poisoned the transaction. My thoughts would go to our piece of land on the mountain, downed wood all around, and wonder when I would make the time to cut my own. more

Dec 1, 2012 12:00 AM Good Reads

Devil's Courthouse

Vicki Dameron photo

Official Blue Ridge Parkway literature will tell you that more than 100 trails are part of the official trail system. Part of the allure of the Parkway, though, is that many of those trails link up with other trail systems. more

Mar 1, 2010 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

McLeods at sunset

Scott McLeod photo

The Blue Ridge Parkway may be made for the automobile, but the unbelievable scenery always makes me want to get outside to touch, smell and see things up close. The best way to do that is to load up the backpack or the car and go camping. more

Mar 1, 2010 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Life’s mysteries come in varying degrees, some as weighty as religious faith and others as simple as the curiosity caused by strange lights shining on a dark mountainside. In this issue, we assigned editors and writers to cover the latter. more

Sep 1, 2009 12:00 AM Blog

Each year before spring gives up to summer, I make a new list of promises to myself. Those pledges, unfortunately, usually fall by the wayside, like petals from spring trilliums on a forest floor. more

Jun 1, 2009 12:00 AM Blog

“It’s all in the words.” That phrase was a central theme in one of the many tributes I read about writer John Updike upon his death in January of this year. more

Mar 1, 2009 12:00 AM Blog

Smoky Mountain Living is going places, and this issue illustrates that better than any we’ve published to date. When our company purchased this magazine in mid-2008, we wanted to ensure that we were writing great stories about the entire region. more

Dec 1, 2008 12:00 AM Blog

Ever try to define “authentic,” especially as it relates to a culture or a way of life? It’s a complicated task, though passing judgment on what isn’t authentic usually comes pretty easily. more

Sep 1, 2008 12:00 AM Blog

The blur has finally come into focus. The blur I’m referring to could otherwise be called our introduction to the world of magazine publishing and editing. more

Jul 1, 2008 12:00 AM Blog