National Park Service

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

Feb 28, 2018 3:43 PM Blog

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

Jan 23, 2018 11:47 AM Blog

It's All Downhill

Jon Ostendorff photo

The entwined story of people and caves is still unfolding today. A lasting legacy of caves-turned-tourist-attractions have left an indelible mark on small mountain communities. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Features

Dairy Legacy

Jon Ostendorff photo

Behind the tractor and gumboots and Tennessee accent, John Harrison has the restless curiosity of a cutting-edge innovator. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM 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

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Features


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

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM 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

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Features

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

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

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

Creative Commons

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


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


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

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


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

  • 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.”