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Clingmans secret tunnel

Deb Campbell

Hikers, outdoorsmen, photographers, and locals reveal their favorite treasures of “the back of beyond”—from secluded trails and fishing streams to quiet overlooks and picnic spots. more

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Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park photo

How’s this for a new angle? For the first time since the 1934 establishment of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, all park streams are now open to fishing. more

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer 1 Comments

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

River baptism

Photo courtesy of WCU Special Collections

George Frizzell has more than just a professional interest in the photographs of river baptisms that are part of the assortment of historic artifacts he oversees as curator of Special Collections at Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library. more

Jul 25, 2014 2:18 PM Features

Tubing

Photo courtesy of RiverGirl Fishing Company

There exists no other activity more quintessentially “summer” than plopping one’s rear down in an inflatable ring and surrendering oneself to the river, exerting little to no effort as the cool, lapping waters steer one along a meandering journey. more

Jul 25, 2014 2:18 PM Mountain Explorer

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

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Sarah E. Kucharski photo

It’s a trade off. We don’t all measure quality of life by the same yardstick, of course. Some would rather have department stores than dirt in which to dig. I just happen to choose dirt. more

Oct 1, 2013 12:00 AM Blog

Juneywank Falls, Bryson City, N.C.

Donated photo

Anyone who has ever spent any time at a mountain lake has, at one time or another, found him or herself intimately and perhaps precipitously acquainted with three things—red clay banks, gnarled tree roots, and unforgiving, cringe-inducing rocks. more

Aug 1, 2013 12:00 AM Blog

Before the Great Flood of 1913, “it had already been a month of frightening weather.” Blizzards covered the Midwest, Tampa suffered a cold spell, and a hurricane hit Georgia and Alabama. more

Aug 1, 2013 12:00 AM Good Reads

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

Shine on

Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

While I’ve never known anyone who could change water into wine, I have known a fella or two who turned water and corn into something a little stronger. more

Aug 1, 2013 12:00 AM Good Reads

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

Never doubt a trout

Lee Whitehead photo

The majority of fly fishermen out on the river don’t take the time to think from a trout’s perspective. They are too determined to catch the fish and therefore completely overlook a very important process of fly-fishing — thinking like a trout. more

Aug 1, 2013 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Keeping Peter Byerly out of a bookshop, or a library, is no easy task. Given his problems with social anxiety, he’d rather be at home solving a crossword puzzle alongside a cup of tea. more

Aug 1, 2013 12:00 AM Good Reads

Set adrift

Miracle photography photo • miraclephotography.smugmug.com

Tom Riggle can trace his love of boats to a pier not far from his grandparents’ house in Charlevoix, Mich., where as a child he used to watch wooden boats cross the lake. “They have a unique sound – kind of throaty and mellow, a soft rumbling.” more

Aug 1, 2011 12:00 AM Features

Fly fishing

Mark Haskett photo

The 2011 U.S. National Fly Fishing Championship will be held this spring from May 19 to 22 in Cherokee. About 60 of the nation’s top fly-fishing experts will test their angling skills along nearby stretches of water. more

Apr 1, 2011 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

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Donated photo

Donned in waders and thick-soled boots, I hit the river one overcast and drizzly morning in March with fly-fishing guide Bill Strickland of Davidson River Outfitters. I had often fished as a child using live bait or corn nibblets on a standard hook. more

Jun 1, 2010 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Hellbender

Jeff Humphries photo

An evening chill was setting in as a breeze swept down Chastine Creek in northeastern Jackson County in western North Carolina, but I wasn’t ready to leave. Goosebumps and a few shivers were not enough to drive me from the sound of running water. more

Jun 1, 2010 12:00 AM Features

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Donated photo

For eighth-graders in one western North Carolina county, science class means getting your hands wet and mucking around in streams and creeks. It’s called Kids in the Creek, a hands-on water quality education program that works with middle schoolers. more

Mar 1, 2009 12:00 AM , Features

Wilma Dykeman wrote the definitive history of the French Broad River in her 1955 book The French Broad. She often joked about the title because New York editors initially assumed it was a risqué tale about a foreign lady of questionable character. more

Dec 1, 2008 12:00 AM Features

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