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  • The Smokies’ Species Hunter

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    A Conversation With the Smokies’ Species Hunter

    Since 2018, Will Kuhn has served as director of science and research for Discover Life in America, a nonprofit partner of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Read more

    Jun 1, 2022

    Outdoors

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    Scottish Flavor in Upstate Golf

    When you step onto a tee box at Links O’Tryon, you could easily imagine yourself getting ready for a round of mountain golf, with plenty of scenic vistas. Or a round of Sandhills golf, not unlike Pinehurst. Read more

    Jun 1, 2022

    Outdoors

  • Season of Awakening

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    Season of Awakening

    Heavy fog is lifting to a gorgeous mountain morning as I heft my bulging backpack to the rear of the 15-passenger van, greeting the women with whom I’ll be spending the next 36 hours. Read more

    Apr 1, 2022

    Outdoors

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    Hiking the Thomas Divide and Kanati Fork trails

    If Great Smoky Mountains National Park has a geographic heart and soul aside from its great crest, perhaps it can be found on the park’s North Carolina side in the form of Thomas Divide. Read more

    Apr 1, 2022

    Outdoors

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    A Conversation With A Smokies Speed Hiker

    Nancy East fell in love with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as a veterinary student at Auburn University, settling on the North Carolina side of the mountains to work and raise her family. Read more

    Apr 1, 2022

    Outdoors

  • Olmsted at Biltmore

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    Olmsted’s Arboretum

    Fredrick Law Olmsted once counseled George Vanderbilt to build an arboretum on his property in Western North Carolina. Olmsted was inspired to suggest an arboretum on the Vanderbilt property due to the rich flora of the Appalachian mountains. Read more

    Apr 1, 2022

    Outdoors

  • Olmsted at Biltmore

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    Olmsted at Biltmore

    Frederick Law Olmsted received many accolades during his life and thereafter, and this year, Biltmore Estate will unveil a collection of scenic stops throughout its historic gardens and grounds, with interpretive signs, in his honor. Read more

    Apr 1, 2022

    Outdoors

  • New River Gorge: America's 63rd National Park

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    New River Gorge

    Spanning one of the Eastern United States most unfragmented forests undisturbed by urban development, New River Gorge offers picturesque terrain and the perfect outdoor playground for bikers, hikers, rafters, BASE jumpers and more. Read more

    Apr 1, 2022

    Outdoors

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