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Learn the Constellations

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With a new year comes new resolutions. Whether you hope to hike more or stress less, eat better or give back, Smoky Mountain Living offers an only-in-Southern-Appalachia guide to making 2017 your best year yet. Read more

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Knoxville celebrates its 225th birthday this October. I’ve lived here since 1984. You’d think the place wouldn’t hold too many secrets left for me to discover. Or at least that’s what I thought. Read more

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Brenda Ernst

Paddling whitewater on the Nantahala River, fly-fishing the French Broad, mountain biking the single-tracks of Pisgah Forest—outdoor adventure comes naturally in Southern Appalachia. Read more

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In the early 19th century, before making the arduous journey across the Blue Ridge, South Carolinians would rest and restock on commodities in the Upstate stopover that became known as Travelers Rest. Read more

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Courtesy of Abingdon Convention & Visitors Bureau

The sky was blue and cloudless as the van filled with people and their rental bikes en route to Whitetop Mountain, but I was suspicious. Though the morning held the promise of a perfect October day, I’d grown wise to the ways of Appalachian weather. Read more

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Outdoor adventure programs

Photo courtesy of ASU Outdoor Programs

Though a common offering at universities today, the integration of adventure and academia was a novel consideration in the early 1970s, when introduced at ASU, but the program’s roots reach back even farther to the late nineteenth century. Read more

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The Southern Appalachian region is one of the tops for outdoor adventure, its recreational opportunities drawing everyone from hikers on the Appalachian Trail to Olympic hopefuls who train on the whitewater rivers. Read more

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With daydreams of adventure and longing for a world much wilder than the break room, concrete streets and manicured trees of the city, Knoxville’s outdoor recreation lovers need not travel far to find where the city gives way to the country. Read more

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Mountain Biking

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Outdoors enthusiasts and diehard mountain bikers soon will be taking to a new trail accessible by foot, or bike, from the Western Carolina University campus in Cullowhee, N.C. Read more

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Sugar Mountain biking

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This summer speed your way down narrow dirt trails on a mountain bike or increase your heart rate and improve overall physical fitness while climbing Sugar’s 1,200-foot vertical rise. Bikers and hikers alike may use the trail system. Read more

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Biking Beech Mountain

Kristian Jackson photo

North Carolina’s Beech Mountain is emerging as one of the region’s top mountain biking destinations with the addition of a several new chairlift-assisted trails. Scheduled to open in June, the trails are part of ongoing renovations and improvements. Read more

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Going to extremes

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The mountains are a proving ground where outdoor enthusiasts come to test their mettle against one another and against themselves. There is no shortage of daredevils here—kayakers, mountain bikers, survivalists—the list goes on. Read more

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N.C. Arboretum photos

Surrounded by the lush folds of the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains in Asheville, the North Carolina Arboretum is adjacent to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and is nestled in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America. Read more

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In the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, cycling and cycling safety have become a focus of one of the region’s inns — Dancing Bear Lodge. Read more