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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Story detailed events before, during and after the deadly Chimney Tops 2 fire. Read more

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Billie Faircloth is an architect, but not of the blueprint-and-build variety. She’s spent her career asking why people build the way that they do, and how those decisions affect the ecosystems where materials are harvested and buildings built. Read more

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Association can cover costs associated with visitor center staffing, restroom cleaning and trash hauling. Read more

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The final Classic Hike of 2018 follows the beautiful water of Kephart Prong to Kephart Prong Shelter. Read more

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With more than 11 million people visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park every year, mishaps are bound to happen. Read more

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Clingmans Dome Visitor Center sits at an elevation of 6,300 feet, half-mile from the observation tower atop Clingmans Dome. Read more

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Friends of the Smokies is an official nonprofit partner of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and has raised $62 million to support critical park programs. Read more

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Mountain inhabitants had a notoriously big sweet tooth, and for many, sorghum was the only sweetener available. Read more

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Chefs from throughout the region will team up with distillers to demonstrate how whiskey can be used as a culinary ingredient, providing tastings for attendees. Read more

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The public will be able to experience the entire 16-mile roadway for the first time since construction began in 1966. Read more

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Now is an ideal time for a drive or hike through the Smokies as a golden haze has taken over the higher and mid elevations. Read more

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The Great Smoky Mountains Association plans to close its Sevierville retail store by November 1 and Friends of the Smokies will convert it into additional office space. Read more

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Sam Hobbs

A steep climb over a rocky trail leads to a switchback, and the trail then follows along the side of Sugarland Mountain. Read more

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Biologists estimate there are more than 1,500 black bears in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, for a population density of about two bear per square mile. Read more

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A conversation with the Smokies’ shutterbug

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Knoxville-based photographer Kristina Plaas got bitten by the photography bug at a young age, and she’s channeled that passion into a unique role at the nation’s most-visited national park. Read more

Sweet Appalachia

Get out on foot

Sarah E. Kucharski photo

All proceeds support Trails Forever, a partnership between Friends of the Smokies and the National Park Service. Read more

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Cheers

Jon D. Bowman photo

Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this vibrant city is a scenic spot to explore alone. Read more

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The only North Carolina State Park still closed in the western region is Grandfather Mountain. Read more

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Photo Essay, August 2018

Carla Passmore

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All campgrounds on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia and North Carolina are under a mandatory evacuation order. Read more

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Staff will assist visitors at four of the six locations that would normally be available in the park. Read more

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