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Alone in the woods

Holly Kays photo

There’s always that moment of no return: the instant you are forced to admit that whatever foolhardy plan you’ve been batting around, there’s no longer any option to back out. Read more

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Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park will offer a guided day hike on Thomas Divide, Indian Creek, Deeplow Gap, and Stone Pile Gap trails. Read more

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Guided hikes are held on the second Tuesday of each month, March-December. Read more

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Rolling the Dice on a Walk in the Woods

Holly Kays photo

My sister and I were hiking a downhill section of Black Balsam—my favorite trail, a high-elevation loop featuring thickets of wild blueberries and grassy summits that offer to-die-for views of the surrounding Blue Ridge—when my foot caught on a rock. Read more

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Josh Shapiro

Guided hikes are held on the second Tuesday of each month, March-December. Read more

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This is the rare opportunity to have a “net downhill” hiking experience. Read more

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New River Trail State Park Hits The High Notes

Keith Lanpher photo

This 57-mile rail-to-trail recreational wonderland gets better with each visit: more relaxing, richer in birds and blooms, and for history lovers, more valuable as a window into the region’s recent past. Read more

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I often drive across the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and I always feel the presence of nature around me. Read more

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Sherman Yang

Learn more about Great Smoky Mountains National Park in a group setting. Read more

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The Lake Glenville Dam releases whitewater into the west fork of the Tuckasegee River, briefly creating class IV rapids over a 5.5-mile stretch. Read more

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When I signed up to spend a day searching for a mountain camellia in the wild, I didn’t know much about what a mountain camellia was. It was a flower, it was rare, and it had some inexplicable air of mystery about it—that’s where my knowledge ended. Read more

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Photo by Skip Sickler - Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

The range of elevation on Grandfather Mountain — a nearly 1,000-foot change from base to peak — provides visitors with a longer window of opportunity to see rhododendron in bloom. Read more

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Guests can enjoy stargazing with the Astronomy Club of Asheville from the top of the Rock, eat s’mores while listening to campfire stories, and check out multiple nocturnal animal encounters. Read more

Lodging and meals are provided at The Buckhorn, East Tennessee’s classic country inn, which features stunning views of Mt. Le Conte. Read more

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Beginning June 1, campers must reserve campsites using the Reserve America Reservation System via the internet or a toll-free number. Read more

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Guided hikes are held on the second Tuesday of each month, March-December. Read more

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Birding and hikes on agenda for GSMA May calendar Read more

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Sights, Smells, and Sounds in Our Spring Forests

Bruce Ingram photo

In the Southern Appalachians, spring sends our senses into an ethereal otherworld as so many sights, sounds, and smells unique to the season greet us. Here are some of the sensory delights that folks in our region treasure the most. Read more

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Beer, Backpacking and the Importance of Sunshine

Taylor Boyd Willoughby/Mountain Orenda Photography

Like many great ideas, this one was born over beer. “You know what we should do?” said my friend Taylor at the end of our weekly bar trivia night. “We should go backpacking.” Read more

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A conversation with a Smokies hiking expert

Lenny Bernstein photo

Danny Bernstein has been a lot of things in her life. Originally from New York, she began her career in computer science “way before computing was cool,” working as a software developer and then as a college professor before moving to Asheville. Read more

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    Bob Carr photo

    Alum Cave Bluffs.

  • View from Pinnacle Park

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    View from Pinnacle Park

    Nick Breedlove wrote about his favorite hike—to the summit of Pinnacle Park in Sylva, North Carolina—in the October/November 2016 issue.