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Rankin Bottoms

Photo special to Smoky Mountain Livin

About an hour’s drive from Waynesville, North Carolina, and you’ll be up to your ankles in mud, swatting mosquitoes and listening to cicadas hum from the willows and cottonwood trees of Rankin Bottoms Wildlife Management Area. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

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Wolfgang Wander/Creative Commons

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park occupies some of the most biologically diverse forest on the globe, and the recently competed Species Mapper offers the opportunity to explore that diversity from a computer screen. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

King of the forest

Creative Commons Photo

Klandagi, or “lord of the forest,” was the Cherokee name for cougar. The Cherokee revered the big cat; that and the owl were the only two animals to reach the seventh (highest) level of purity and sacredness. more

Aug 1, 2016 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

Bugle boy

Holly Kays photo

Do I stay or do I go? And if I stay, do I just sleep through it all? The Southern Appalachians are home to a large and diverse fauna, and as winter sets in, that fauna gets to work surviving. more

Nov 1, 2014 12:00 AM Features

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Donated

What began as a gift to a friend has evolved into a major art release to benefit wildlife habitat conservation in North Carolina. more

Oct 1, 2014 12:00 AM Departments

Little Tennessee River

Donated photo

The North Carolina Wildlife Federation has released its “Nine in North Carolina Not to Miss.” The list details the top nine places to enjoy wildlife and wildlife-associated activities in the state. more

Feb 1, 2013 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Looking foxy

Margaret Hester photo

There’s a host of furry, feathery, slinky, slimy, big and tiny creatures making their homes across the mountains and with which we share the landscape. Some homes are but temporary. more

Dec 1, 2011 12:00 AM Features

Hal Herzog

Mark Haskett photo

Granted, I wasn’t always fond of snakes, and even now, picking up a non-venomous redbelly makes me flinch a little. But all in all, the snake world is one I have come to admire. But the kids’ faces are aghast. more

Feb 1, 2011 12:00 AM Features

Winters in the Smokies can be harsh. The lush green mountainsides of spring and summer turn gray and brown and bare. There are no more tender shoots to browse, no more luscious leaves to nibble and no more juicy berries to slurp. more

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

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Michael Meissner illustration

“I want to see the beaver lodges again,” my son had said, remembering a family hike from years ago, and I was happy to oblige. He was fifteen, and this was a rare request as adolescent interests shift to socializing and electronic distraction. more

Jun 1, 2009 12:00 AM Good Reads

Northern Cardinal

Judy Lundquist photo

My first foray into bird feeding began with a glimpse of an American goldfinch in the trees in my backyard. On my next visit to the supermarket, I spotted a “finch sock,” a long mesh bag full of thistle seed, designed especially for finches. more

Dec 1, 2008 12:00 AM Features