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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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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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The Channels Natural Area Preserve

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Our guide is Eric Middlemas of The Mid-Appalachian Highlands Club, a hiking and outdoor activity club in the Tri-Cities area that was founded in 1976 and is one of the oldest organized hiking clubs in the region. Read more

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Searching for Winter

Holly Kays photo

As someone who loves snow and warm hats and the orderly changing of seasons, it had been a disappointing winter. I’d seen barely a flake of snow, and daytime temperatures often felt more on par with what you’d expect from a typical April. Read more

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Backpack Explorer: On the Nature Trail is a take-along guide for children ages 4 and up, designed to jump start their curiosity about nature. 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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Numerous versions of the story exist, but they all seem to possess a common thread. That a mother, perhaps named Molly, and a child escaped Indian captivity and when other settlers found them, the child proclaimed in a feeble voice, “Hungry, Mother.” 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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The North Carolina park system began in 1916 when the summit of Mount Mitchell - the tallest peak east of the Rockies - became first state park in the Southeastern United States. 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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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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    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.