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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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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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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

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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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has issued safety reminders for Elk Breeding season, also known as the rut. The season lasts from September 1 through October 31. 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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