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  • Winter Whiplash

    Holly Kays photo

    Winter Whiplash

    The calendar said the Christmas season had begun, but it sure didn’t feel like it. My winter coats and knit hats mostly lay where I’d left them at the start of spring, the mercury remaining unnaturally high as December wore on. Read more

    Dec 1, 2022

    Outdoors

  • Balsam Mountain Trail

    On the Trail in the Smokies

    Although the heavily traveled Blue Ridge Parkway follows the brawny Balsams outside the park, the trailhead for Balsam Mountain Trail is one of the most remote in the Smokies. Read more

    Oct 1, 2022

    Outdoors

  • Dog-friendly hikes around the Appalachians

    Take Fido Along

    Frolicking through the woods with our four-legged sidekicks is one of life’s simplest pleasures, but not all hiking trails welcome canine companions. The following are hiking trails that are conducive to every family member, even the furry ones. Read more

    Oct 1, 2022

    Outdoors

  • Settling on the Smokies

    Holly Kays photo

    Settling on the Smokies

    As 2021’s arrival brought a welcome end to 2020, my hopes for international travel were high. But as the year wore on, it became clear that “normal” was still too distant to venture outside the U.S. Read more

    Oct 1, 2022

    Outdoors

  • The Hatfield-McCoy off-road trail system

    West Virginia Department of Tourism photo

    Hold Onto Your Helmets

    Fact: kids love playing in the mud. The bigger the kid, the bigger the mud puddle required, as the creators of West Virginia’s Hatfield-McCoy Trails have discovered to their delight. Read more

    Aug 1, 2022

    Outdoors

  • Park Association Publishes Fish Field Guide

    Park Association Publishes Fish Field Guide

    Great Smoky Mountains Association has published a field guide dedicated to the aquatic residents of the Smokies. Small enough to fit in a pocket, Fishes of the Smokies includes detailed photography and key details for each species featured. Read more

    Aug 1, 2022

    Outdoors

  • A Conversation With the Smokies’ Resident Writer

    Sue Wasserman photo

    A Conversation With the Smokies’ Resident Writer

    In 2019, Sue Wasserman found out she’d been chosen to spend six weeks living in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as the 2020 Steve Kemp Writer in Residence, a program funded by the Great Smoky Mountains Association. Read more

    Aug 1, 2022

    Outdoors

  • AT to Clingmans Dome

    Photo courtesy Ben Anderson

    On the Trail in the Smokies

    It’s difficult to imagine a more popular part of the Appalachian Trail than the 4-mile stretch from Newfound Gap to the colorfully named Charlies Bunion in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Read more

    Aug 1, 2022

    Outdoors

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