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This festival, a long-standing Knoxville tradition, sees 40,000 to 50,000 people over the 3-day weekend each year. Read more

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The festival features a line-up of musicians, storytellers, artists, and more – many nationally recognized - to entertain audiences and share Appalachian traditions. Read more

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The Beach Boys kick off the 23rd annual Biltmore Concert series. Read more

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At least 35 bears struck and killed in the Pigeon River Gorge in the last 10 months. Read more

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Sheep Shearing Days will include demonstrations of shearing, carding, spinning and weaving the fleece into woven goods, and illustrations of some of the many finished products derived from the wool. Read more

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National Park Service staff will be on hand at each event to provide a “behind the scenes” look into the Parkway. Read more

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This year’s theme is entitled “An Orchid Expedition” and will feature educational programs, lectures and orchid exhibits from world-class orchid growers and breeders. Read more

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Reopening the visitor center allows park store operations and the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area to resume. Read more

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The bottom line is that a potentially very dangerous winter storm looms for much of the forecast area this weekend. 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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Fall Heritage Days at the Museum of Appalachia will transport guests back in time through the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of pioneer traditions and demonstrations 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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Mountain inhabitants had a notoriously big sweet tooth, and for many, sorghum was the only sweetener available. 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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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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Family-friendly event scheduled Saturday, October 27. 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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Town hosts heritage arts festival and music festival Read more

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Get out on foot

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

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Cheers

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

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