'We're All Ghosts'

Jason Sheppard photo

Gravestones have lured visitors for centuries, beckoning them through stone passes or iron fences. Whether it’s a longing to connect with the past or a desire to explore one’s own mortality, people are fascinated with eternal resting places. Read more



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The elk was struck by a vehicle Sunday and unable to survive. Read more

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has issued safety reminders for Elk Breeding season, also known as the rut. The season lasts from September 1 through October 31. Read more


Cook Cabin

Elly Wells

Highlights will include the recently restored Cook Cabin, the historic Baptist church and cemetery, and spring wildflowers. Read more

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On a recent Sunday my wife and I piled the dogs in the car and headed up Cove Creek Road in Haywood County, North Carolina, to see what was to be seen in the Cataloochee Valley. Read more


In the late afternoon and near dusk, individuals, pairs and small herds of elk materialize out of the dark forests that surround Cataloochee Valley’s expansive meadows to graze the open fields. Read more


Four Hikes, Four Experiences

Max Cooper photo

Autumn is a fantastic time of year to hike the trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The daytime temperatures are wonderfully cool and the air is clear of haze allowing for vistas that extend to the horizon. Read more


Winter Pinnacle

Cataloochee Ski Area

Few things bring out the child within like a blanket of white and some good old-fashioned fun in the snow. Read more


Bull Elk

Holly Kays photo

The elk herd in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, first reintroduced in 2001, continues to grow and expand its presence outside park borders. Though there’s no hard figure, the herd now likely numbers somewhere around 150, up from 52. Read more