The Elkmont Historic District in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is getting a makeover, with work now underway to restore some buildings and demolish others. Read more


In his new book Lost Elkmont (Arcadia Publishing, $22), writer Daniel L. Paulin reveals secrets of this Smokies logging camp turned exclusive resort. Here Paulin shares more insight on the early days. Read more


Synchronous fireflies

Spencer Black photo

If epiphanies tend to come in moments of silent solitude, early June at the Elkmont Campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park may be the last place you’d expect to have such an experience. Read more


Relics of the past

Jack Neely photo

We present the Smokies as an enclave of rough pioneers who were so remote they had no other options, but by the time the first logs were being cut for cabins in Cades Cove, Knoxville had already hosted a state capital and a fledgling university. Read more