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    Cataloochee Divide Trail

    Most any time of year can be an excellent time to hike Cataloochee Divide, which generally marks the southeastern boundary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The divide is one of the ridges that separate Cataloochee Valley from the world. Read more

    Oct 1, 2021

    Outdoors

  • Joining the Fungal Network

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    Joining the Fungal Network

    As the summer of 2020 heated up, I found myself in need of two things: a new hobby to beat the quarantine tedium and a shield from the constant stream of division that now populated my Facebook feed. Mushrooms, I found, were the answer to both. Read more

    Oct 1, 2021

    Outdoors

  • Solitude done right

    Solitude Done Right

    I couldn’t remember the last time I’d taken off like this on a weekday, but in the summer of 2020, my sense of time was beyond muddled. Read more

    Aug 1, 2021

    Outdoors

  • Mountain Biking

    Mountain Biking

    The Southern Appalachian region is a panacea for outdoor enthusiasts of all types, including mountain bikers. Though I grew up in these mountains, I never enjoyed biking as a young girl. Read more

    Aug 1, 2021

    Outdoors

  • The Smokies’ Litter Fighter

    A Conversation With the Smokies’ Litter Fighter

    Lisa Bryant moved from Missouri to Tennessee five years ago when her fiancée, a swim coach, found a job in the Great Smoky Mountains. She’d worked in the newspaper business for more than 20 years at the time of the move. Read more

    Aug 1, 2021

    Outdoors

  • Champion of the West Georgia Watershed

    Randa Harris

    Randa Harris has kind eyes, and the kind of gaze that wells with empathy—for her students, for the environment, for the future. Her voice is nuanced: Though Southern, hers has a calming sweetness and wisdom to it. Read more

    Aug 1, 2021

    Outdoors

  • The Grandstand of the Great Smoky Mountains

    The Grandstand of the Great Smoky Mountains

    At one time there were 10, strategically scattered across the Great Smoky Mountains. Ten fire towers, all but one constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps, manned by wardens during the spring and fall fire seasons to watch for wildfires. Read more

    Aug 1, 2021

    Outdoors

  • Searching for Safe Passage

    Courtesy of Bridget Donaldson, Virginia Transportation Research Council

    Searching for Safe Passage

    Growing up in eastern Kentucky, Frances Figart loved any chance to glimpse the wildlife roaming those Appalachian foothills—except when the sightings occurred after the creatures had become roadkill, something that occurred all too frequently. Read more

    Jun 1, 2021

    Outdoors

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