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  • A Grand Performance

    A Grand Performance

    As the days grow warmer and the landscape ripples with color, a growing treetop chorus drives the message home—spring is here, and new life is thriving. Read more

    May 25, 2024

    Outdoors

  • A Conversation with the Smokies' Chief Ranger

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    A Conversation with the Smokies' Chief Ranger

    Originally from the mountains of Pennsylvania, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s new chief ranger, Daniel “Boone” Vandzura, grew up hunting, fishing and nurturing a love for the outdoors. Read more

    Mar 25, 2024

    Outdoors

  • Cataloochee Valley Loop via Three Trails

    On the Trail in the Smokies

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park is often called a hiker’s park. And it’s true that, across the seasons, hordes of hikers take to the park’s 850 miles of established trails to immerse themselves in a mix of scenery, biodiversity and human history. Read more

    Mar 25, 2024

    Outdoors

  • The Best Medicine

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    The Best Medicine

    I sat at a long table at Fontana Village’s Wildwood Grill, sinking my teeth into an enormous burger and enjoying a depth of peaceful happiness that I rarely achieve without a large dose of time in the woods like the one I’d just had. Read more

    Mar 25, 2024

    Outdoors

  • Tulips, too early

    Tulips, Too Early

    I still laugh when I remember arriving for my first day of work in the Smokies, in early January 10 years ago, to find a deserted office. The temperature had fallen a bit below freezing, allowing a very light snow to dust the roads. Read more

    Jan 20, 2024

    Outdoors

  • Ramsey Cascades via Ramsey Cascades Trail

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    On the Trail in the Smokies

    At about 90 feet high, Ramsey Cascades is the tallest waterfall in all of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At roughly 4,300 feet elevation, it also has the distinction of being the highest-elevation major waterfall in the park. Read more

    Jan 20, 2024

    Outdoors

  • A conversation with the Smokies' litter fighter

    A Conversation with the Smokies’ Litter Fighter

    Jerry Willis, 56, is the chief operating officer for the University Physicians’ Association in Knoxville, and, along with his wife, Darlene, has hiked every mile of trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Read more

    Jan 20, 2024

    Outdoors

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    Enjoy the Smokies from the slopes

    Visitors from around the globe flock to the Smoky Mountain region to hit the slopes and enjoy a day skiing or snowboarding. If you’re visiting the Smoky Mountains this winter or planning a trip for the future, there are a slew of destination options. Read more

    Jan 20, 2024

    Outdoors

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