Jim Casada

Jim Casada, a native of Bryson City in Western North Carolina, shares his lifelong love of fly fishing in this encyclopedic book. Anyone interested in fly fishing in the Great Smokies will find this book invaluable. Read more

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Our friendship began in the mid-1950s. Day after day as a teenager consumed by fly fishing, I passed an older angler on Deep Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At some point polite “Howdy” or “Any luck?” gave way to conversation. Read more

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Although he lived in Asheville most of his adult life, Herbert Hyde always considered himself a son of his birthplace, the Smokies. Known as “Hub” to family and friends, he revered his roots and showed this with sparkling clarity countless times. Read more

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Jack Coburn was a pivotal figure in regional affairs at the onset of the Great Depression, and arguably of greater significance in the Park’s creation than anyone on the North Carolina side of the Smokies. Read more

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Sam Hunnicutt introduces his book by stating, “I claim to be a perfect hunter and fisherman for game fish; I know the best kinds of hunting outfit to use, I know the best kind of gun to use for killing game and also the best dogs to use for hunting.” Read more

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In terms of literary prominence, Olive Tilford Dargan ranks second only to Horace Kephart among outlanders who adopted the Smokies as home. Read more

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Smokies natives have always been noted for their humor. Dozens of books and thousands of oft-told tales offer examples of this characteristic. Read more

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The Angel of Brasstown

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Folks commenting on Tipper Pressley’s daily blog, “Blind Pig & the Acorn,” often call her the “angel of Brasstown.” Where writer Tipper Pressley really shines is in her devoted to celebrating and perpetuating our rich, varied Appalachian heritage. Read more

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With the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1934, early park bureaucrats attempted to rewrite history by presenting the land largely as a primeval wilderness instead of preserving the folkways of its bustling communities. Read more

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Clingmans secret tunnel

Deb Campbell

Hikers, outdoorsmen, photographers, and locals reveal their favorite treasures of “the back of beyond”—from secluded trails and fishing streams to quiet overlooks and picnic spots. Read more

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The better part of a century has passed since the individual who was arguably the finest lawyer and legal mind ever to call Haywood County home was in active practice, and next year will mark a half century since his death. Read more

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Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

In December of 1916, hard times held the high country of the Smokies in a stranglehold. Read more

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The unusual characteristics of the persimmon, along with its widespread presence in Southern Appalachia, have long made it a prime contender for mountain folklore and folkways. Read more

Sweet Appalachia

“Why he ain’t a professor; he’s just an old dirt dauber.” Several decades ago that’s how a woman known to locals as the “plant lady” described me to another customer who mentioned that I taught at the local university. Read more

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In many ways Grandpa Joe was a boy trapped in an old man’s body. As full of tricks as a pet ’coon, tough as a seasoned hickory sapling, and imbued with 70-plus years of Smokies wisdom, he possessed an unflagging sense of adventure. Read more

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Hog eating weeds

Mandy Newham illustration

Grandpa Joe offered a study in character contrasts. Though easygoing and soft-spoken, he was mule stubborn. While tough as a well-seasoned hickory shaft and seldom given to shows of emotion, he could be wonderfully patient with his adoring grandson. Read more

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The allure of mountain rivers

Don McGowan photo

The life’s blood of the high country, rivers wander across the mountain landscape like laughter lines etched on an old man’s face. Theirs is a storied past, for major waterways form sparkling threads woven through the entire fabric of human history. Read more



Sarah E. Kucharski photo

A half million acres of sheer loveliness featuring breathtaking scenic vistas, the greatest ecological diversity of the Northern Hemisphere, waterfalls galore, hundreds of miles of trails, and only a single avenue of asphalt bisecting its fastness. Read more


Fire Pink

Don Casada photo

An avenue of asphalt winds its way along hundreds of miles of ridge lines forming a world of natural wonder. The Blue Ridge Parkway offers a bounty of blessings, and perhaps nothing quite matches the breathtaking beauty of the Parkway’s wildflowers. Read more

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Sport has always been a bright thread woven into the fabric of the mountain folkways. Long before creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the area’s steep ridges and deep hollows were cherished bear hunting territory. Read more

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