Western North Carolina

The key to Balsam Range’s success is a long-time group of friends, all open to new ideas, new techniques and approaches to that high, lonesome sound that remains at the core of their identity. more

Oct 1, 2017 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Once in a lifetime. That’s the motto for millions of Americans who will journey to the path of totality when the Great American Eclipse sweeps over the Smoky Mountains on August 21. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Features

Smokies natives have always been noted for their humor. Dozens of books and thousands of oft-told tales offer examples of this characteristic. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

Oconaluftee Indian Village

Margaret Hester photo

For many of us, fragments of images or threadbare associations are exactly how we create memory. Even brain research tells us that we learn by forming connections to what we already know. more

Apr 1, 2017 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Queens Creek Lake catch

Golman Passmore photo

Grandpa Mason used a cane pole without a reel to fish Queens Creek Lake in the early days. One day he landed a 6-pound rainbow trout. The word got around about that whopper of a fish. more

Feb 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Curried Winter Vegetable Pie

Meg Reilley photo

My identity hasn’t always been a fixed one. The current guise I sport of “all-natural mountain mama” has been honed and adjusted and tweaked for decades before arriving at its modern iteration. more

Feb 1, 2017 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Learn the Constellations

Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

With a new year comes new resolutions. Whether you hope to hike more or stress less, eat better or give back, Smoky Mountain Living offers an only-in-Southern-Appalachia guide to making 2017 your best year yet. more

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Whose lawn is greener? If you ask Annie “Mossin’ Annie” Martin, it’s likely the one covered in moss. more

Feb 1, 2016 12:00 AM Departments

Balsam Range in Fines Creek

Garret K. Woodward photo

In July 2012, I wandered into The Smoky Mountain News office in downtown Waynesville, North Carolina—tired, hungry, a little delirious and full of inertia and caffeine after a nonstop haul from upstate New York. more

Feb 1, 2015 12:00 AM Good Reads

A region of North Georgia and Western North Carolina has been named an American Viticultural Area—making the Upper Hiwassee Highlands appellation the first in Georgia and the fourth in North Carolina. more

Nov 6, 2014 10:28 AM Sweet Appalachia

For many, a walk in the woods probably is seen as just any other getaway—a chance to leave what is familiar. But on a deeper level, we have some innate desire to connect with the wild. more

May 1, 2014 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

The music festival season across the Southern Appalachians starts in early spring and goes full throttle all the way until the first frost. more

May 1, 2014 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Overlooking the countryside

Garret K. Woodward photo

The road gets smaller and smaller to Ron and Rachel Clearfield’s home. Pavement turns to gravel, then to dirt, the route lined by majestic rolling hills and thick woods. It’s Saturday and the sun is shining. more

Feb 1, 2013 12:00 AM Features

I have joked that if my journalism got someone in the region angry enough to spit, a DNA swab could prove beyond any doubt that we were cousins. That's the way it is when you count eight generations tying you to these mountains. more

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