On an Icy Edge

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The beautiful, fast-flowing waterfalls of the mountain regions take on a completely different appearance when the chill of winter comes blowing. more

Jan 3, 2018 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Finding Fresh Crops Under Winter's Snow

Photo courtesy Carol Koury

I recall a neighbor who had carrots and other hardy crops deep into the winter. The question is, how do they do that? more

Dec 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Beech Mountain Resort

Kristian Jackson photo

Sevierville, Tennessee, native Matthew Ayers stood on top of a groomed slope of dirt in Pigeon Forge and provided his vision for the future. more

Dec 1, 2017 12:00 AM Features


Sow True photo

Cover crops grow large amounts of biomass above ground. This protects the soil, suppresses weed growth, and provides a homegrown mulch that can be cut in place to decompose and enrich the soil. more

Oct 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

If you’re hiking in the mid-to-low elevations of the Smokies this winter keep your eyes peeled for a splash of green. This may be the best time of the year to find two unique native orchids of the Southeast and Southern Appalachians. more

Feb 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Freezer Burn

Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

The icicles hanging along the porch roof looked like stalactites we had seen when we visited Cudjo Cavern, outside Middlesboro. It was cold and the morning sun was as bright as July at Myrtle Beach. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Good Reads

December 2016 Photo Essay

Jon and Regina Phillips photo

’Tis the season for clean slates—from the pristine beauty of a fresh snowfall to the eternal promise of a new year. Our readers share their views of winter resolve. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Outposts


Warren Beilenberg photo

For birders of all stripes, the Christmas Bird Count is as much a part of the holiday season as unwrapping presents on December 25. The diverse landscapes of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park make the season even more special for birders. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Pumpkin Pie

Meg Reilley photo

Everyone has his or her heart-fluttering produce. Spring enthusiasts get downright giddy at the first sign of strawberries. Summer lovers are prone to spontaneous happy dancing whenever watermelons make their debut. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Departments

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

Snowy Christmas

Sarah E. Kucharski photo

Last winter was the snowiest winter I remember since 1993, when “The Storm of the Century,” struck and brought us two feet of fluffy, white, transportation crippling, power outing snow. more

Jan 1, 2011 12:00 AM Blog

Snow fell the night before in Jackson County, North Carolina, and was supposed to continue all day, but in Cullowhee, midday temperatures rose, melting white powder into muddy puddles and leaving nothing more than patches in the coolest shadows. more

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 AM Good Reads

Outdoor outfitters

Danny Bernstein photos

The Smoky Mountains offer great opportunities for hiking — even in the winter months. You probably won’t ever need ice axes, crampons or snowshoes, but it’s still a good idea to keep yourself bundled up comfortably on those cold days and nights. more

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

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

Smoky Mountain Living is going places, and this issue illustrates that better than any we’ve published to date. When our company purchased this magazine in mid-2008, we wanted to ensure that we were writing great stories about the entire region. more

Dec 1, 2008 12:00 AM Blog

Night skiing at Cataloochee

Michael Meissner photo

Western North Carolina’s ski resorts are constantly looking for new ways to attract the non-traditional skier and include the entire family. These days, there are all kinds of snow activities to choose, from tubing and snowboarding to cross-country. more

Dec 1, 2008 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer