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Insects and flowers go back—way back. Flowering plants, scientifically known as angiosperms, are believed to have fully emerged around 140 million years ago. Read more

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There are several ways to approach the Qualla Boundary, the formal name of the 58,000 acres known as the Eastern Band of the Cherokee tribal trust lands:. Read more

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Now education branch chief for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Susan Sachs has worked in the Smokies for the past 20 years, collaborating with scientists, teachers and students to spread appreciation of the park’s vast cultural resources. 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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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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Henderson County, North Carolina

Sam Dean photo

Widely known for its abundance of apples and as the final home of American poet and writer Carl Sandburg, this popular destination spot offers not only history and agriculture but also an array of culinary, musical and leisure experiences. Read more

Young Riders

Photo courtesy of Kate Rudd

Snowboarders under age 17 make up 34.3 percent of modern slope riders, according to winter sports authorities. To support this trend, slopes have developed classes, programs and events for child and youth boarders. Read more

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Billie Faircloth is an architect, but not of the blueprint-and-build variety. She’s spent her career asking why people build the way that they do, and how those decisions affect the ecosystems where materials are harvested and buildings built. Read more

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The Channels Natural Area Preserve

Eric Middlemas photo

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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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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Describing the weather in the Great Smoky Mountains as unpredictable is not engaging in hyperbole. Most any time of year, weather shifts in the Smokies can be sudden and dramatic. Read more

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Willkommen

Dan Jackson photo

We sit by the Chattahoochee River and take in the scene. After the Chattahoochee is done meandering through Georgia, it is a slow southern river, broad, but here, it is nimble, bright and clear. Read more

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Birding in the Great Smoky Mountains

Mike Blevins photo

I was a real hotshot (in my own mind!) when I started birdwatching over 30 years ago. I took vacations to look at birds; pointed out species ad nauseam to friends and family; and became laser focused on my life list count. Read more

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When most people think of shorebirds they think of, well, shores and sleek fast flying wind birds that migrate in flocks and forage in groups. The mostly solitary, chunky, forest dwelling woodcock doesn’t seem to fit. Read more

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Spring Gobbler Hunting

Bruce Ingram photo

Every year on the first weekend in April, my wife Elaine and I drive to the Johnson City area, stop by Mahoney’s Outfitters to pick up a hunting license, and then head for a rental house on the side of an East Tennessee mountain. Read more

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Jim Parham says he is like many people when it comes to finding and appreciating the variety of flowers that can be seen on hikes or simple strolls in the North Carolina mountains. Read more

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Mountaineers have long been known for their ingenuity and independent spirit, traits that live on today among the entrepreneurs and artisans profiled in Smoky Mountain Living’s Made in the Smokies feature. Read more

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The Smokies are known for their spring ephemerals. Hundreds of species of wildflowers, like bloodroot, Dutchman’s breeches, trout lily, trilliums and more impatiently claw their way through the brown leaf litter under the sparse spring canopy. Read more

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A Fly Fishing Lesson

Jon Ostendorff photo

More than 1 million visitors a year pass through the hallowed halls of the Biltmore House, a show-stopper of colossal proportions, draped in brilliant architecture, laced with captivating history and adorned with lavish antiquities. Read more

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A Fly Fishing Lesson

Jon Ostendorff photo

A few weeks earlier, learning to fly fish seemed like a great idea on the eve of turning 40. Something new and adventurous, something novel and romantic. But now I’m doubtful. My vision of whipping S-curves through the air suddenly seems far-fetched. Read more

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