It’s morning on the Pigeon River, which will soon teem with visitors enjoying the beautiful and exciting Pigeon River Gorge. It hasn’t always been this way. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

In Tennessee, you can watch the eclipse from a raft in the middle of the Ocoee River or chose from a host of family-friendly viewing options. more


Cherokee National Forest

Cocke County Partnership photo

Drivers know the stretch of Interstate 40 between Hartford, Tennessee, and Canton, North Carolina, as a white-knuckled experience wedged between concrete barriers and moving walls of tractor trailers. more

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 AM Outposts 1 Comments


Seven Islands State Birding Park photo

With spring underway, it’s time to talk about the birds and the bees—and Seven Islands State Birding Park, Tennessee’s newest state park and its first dedicated to birding. more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

The Family Plot

Jo Harris photo

A few miles east of Gatlinburg, a right turn off the main road leads directly into the solitude and beauty of Greenbrier Cove. The road is rough and narrow, its edge precariously close to the river, which tumbles over and around huge boulders. more

Aug 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features

Southern Appalachia: 50 Events That Put Us On The Map

Illustration by Ali Douglass

From the conquistadors and colonists of centuries past to the Appalachian Trail backpackers and smartphone-toting tourists of today, travelers have always been drawn to Southern Appalachia’s dramatic geography. more

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features

Eastern hellbender

David Herasimtschuk photo

Even on a hot July day, the creeks of Roane County are cold enough to need thick wetsuits. Outfitted with snorkels and fins, divers explore the shallow creek’s rocky bottom on a hunt for the elusive hellbender, North America’s largest salamander. more

Nov 1, 2014 12:00 AM Features 1 Comments

Foothills Parkway

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The Foothills Parkway in East Tennessee offers an opportunity to experience unparalleled views and picturesque vistas into the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. more

Oct 1, 2014 12:00 AM Departments

A portrait of Hazel Dickens

A portrait of Hazel Dickens


Margaret Hester photo

Known for recognizing the artistry of today’s quiltmakers with the largest cash prizes in quilting, the American Quilting Society showcases today’s textile artists’ masterpieces in its celebration of the art of quilt making. more

Jun 1, 2014 12:00 AM Departments

With daydreams of adventure and longing for a world much wilder than the break room, concrete streets and manicured trees of the city, Knoxville’s outdoor recreation lovers need not travel far to find where the city gives way to the country. more

Apr 1, 2014 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer


Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

As I arrived in Sevierville, Tenn., I surrendered my arguably absurd wellness pre-occupations and acquired daily steps. Let go and let gravy, I said. more

Apr 1, 2014 12:00 AM Good Reads


Donald Spurgeon photo

When you’re only nine years old, the world seems like a pretty big place with lots of rules and adults running the show. There are a few things, though, you’ve mastered by that age. more

Apr 1, 2014 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Tennessee’s Rocky Top Trail leads back in time to the state’s founding. John Sevier is sometimes called the “Father of Tennessee” for his instrumental role in shaping Tennessee’s statehood. more

Feb 1, 2014 12:00 AM Departments

Chef Garret

Donated photo

Oct 1, 2013 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Defending the homeplace

Sarah E. Kucharski photo

Built between 1775 and 1780, the Carter Mansion is the oldest frame house in Tennessee. John Carter and his son, Landon, built the home on land purchased from the Cherokee Indians in what is today the town of Elizabethton. more

Jun 1, 2013 12:00 AM Departments

The Tennessee Shines Radio Show happens every Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and is broadcast live on award-winning, listener-supported radio station WDVX FM and online at more

Oct 1, 2012 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

A new online geotourism map of the Tennessee River Valley has been created in conjunction with National Geographic Maps. The map highlights the Smoky Mountains through Knoxville and south to Chattanooga and north Georgia. more

Feb 1, 2012 12:00 AM Departments

The V-Roys

Photo courtesy of Leah Bullard •

On the eve of the new millennium, Knoxville, Tenn., roots music fans bid farewell to one of the most beloved bands that ever called The Marble City home. The V-Roys, in all their ragged glory, charged through an inspiring set at the Tennesse Theater. more

Dec 1, 2011 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

On your mark

Photo courtesy of The University of Tennessee Knoxville/Military Science-Army ROTC

Whether uniformed and booted, as with the military teams and individual military competitors, or more comfortably dressed and shod, as with the civilian competitors, the Mountain Man Memorial March is a true test of mountain man (and woman) spirit. more

Oct 1, 2011 12:00 AM Departments

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