The annual tradition brings thousands of people to the nature center to enjoy food trucks, a beer garden and outdoor screenings of beloved movies. more


Two vintage base ball teams will play a match by the rules and customs of 1864 at noon Saturday at historic Ramsey House in Knoxville. more


Great Smoky Mountains Association-sponsored Branch Out events are designed to enhance greater public understanding, enjoyment and appreciation of the national park. more


In 2013, Smoky Mountain Living invited Michael Twitty to author an article for its Mountain Voices section regarding how the enslaved from West and Central Africa influenced Appalachian food and culture. more


Into the Mist is so named for 13 chapters of tragedy and heroic rescues made all the more chilling because the stories are real. more



This celebration of the arts is the largest community outreach event of Knoxville Opera’s season. more


Situated along the banks of the Little River, the picturesque village of Townsend, Tennessee, is laid back but never boring. The town slogan—The Peaceful Side of the Smokies—isn’t just a brand created to attract visitors; it is reality. more


Spring Gobbler Hunting

Bruce Ingram photo

Every year on the first weekend in April, my wife Elaine and I drive to the Johnson City area, stop by Mahoney’s Outfitters to pick up a hunting license, and then head for a rental house on the side of an East Tennessee mountain. more



By Lacey Raper

A variety of activities are scheduled for April in the national park. more


The annual community-wide event focuses on removing trash, debris and tires from locations along the Tennessee River and its associated creek tributaries. more


National Park Service

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


Bristol sings a new tune

Cameron Davidson photo • Virginia Tourism Corporation (

Bristol is complex and effervescent, from the roar of NASCAR at Bristol Motor Speedway—the world’s eighth largest sports venue—to vivacious State Street, the downtown boulevard that anchors a resurgent arts and entertainment community. more


If you like music then you owe a debt of gratitude for events that occurred 90 years ago in Bristol, Tennessee. more


You can add espalier to your own garden or landscape by planting a tree already trained by professionals, or you can try training one yourself. more

Mountain Explorer

It’s art. It’s architecture. And it could be apples … or pears, or a variety of other fruit and ornamental trees. more

Mountain Explorer

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



Erin Johnson photography

Blueberries are a Smoky Mountain treat. Bursting with flavor, their yearly arrival sets off excitement as locals and tourist rush to pick them, or to buy a carton or two at area farmers markets. more

Sweet Appalachia

'Rocky Top' Celebrates 50 Years

Tennessee Athletics photo

Tucked away in the heart of the Old City in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, the Jackson Terminal is a former railroad freight depot now modern-day event venue. And on a recent Saturday evening, Andy and Ashley Wagner got hitched. more


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

Mountain Explorer

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


  • A portrait of Hazel Dickens


    A portrait of Hazel Dickens

    East Tennessee folk artist Amy Campbell recently left her job as a college art professor to pursue art full time. “It was a scary decision, but I was pretty confident in it,” she reflects. “I just had to do it.”