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Caara Hunter

At least 35 bears struck and killed in the Pigeon River Gorge in the last 10 months. Read more


Bear cub in the Smokies


Spring means bear cubs in the Smokies. Read more


Clingmans secret tunnel

Deb Campbell

Hikers, outdoorsmen, photographers, and locals reveal their favorite treasures of “the back of beyond”—from secluded trails and fishing streams to quiet overlooks and picnic spots. Read more

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The official state dog of North Carolina

Photo courtesy Plott Family Collections

“I don’t know what their name for the Plott dog was in German or exactly what they came from. I wasn’t there. But when the old man brought them here, they named them after him—they called them Plotts.” — Henry “Von” Plott Read more

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Margaret Hester photo

The unknown long has spooked man’s mind, and the woods, whether unexplored or shrouded in darkness, invite one to ponder just what awaits in the wilderness and how many ways a person can die. Read more

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A bear for Jane

Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

A young woman doesn’t tour America alone, and without a car. But Jane had decided that was what she would do. Her primary destination in America would be Sevier County: because, as the explained, “I rather like Dolly Parton.” Read more


Peeking out

Elizabeth Jensen photo

If there’s an art to bottle feeding baby bears, Lisa Stewart would know it. Let the cubs nuzzle and suck on your arm for a couple minutes first, then slip their suckling mouths onto the bottle. The only downside is an arm covered in bear hickies. Read more


Bear hunter

Michael Meissner illustration

Describing the typical bear hunt is almost impossible. Conditions, terrain and the behavior of both bears and dogs are ever changing. And that’s what makes the sport so challenging, fun, and often frustrating. Read more


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. Read more