Photo Essay, December 2018

Mike Koenig


Photo Essay, October 2018

Lynn Robertson


A conversation with the Smokies’ shutterbug

Kristina Plaas photo

Knoxville-based photographer Kristina Plaas got bitten by the photography bug at a young age, and she’s channeled that passion into a unique role at the nation’s most-visited national park. Read more


The holidays are approaching, and once again you have no idea what to give your beloved Uncle Fergus and Aunt Ida. What to do? What the blazes do you give such people? Well, books, of course. But not just any books. Read more


Have you ever pulled into an overlook in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and gazed across the distance at the rippling mountain peaks and wondered, what are the names of all those mountains? Do they have stories to tell? Read more


Before and after

Photo special to Smoky Mountain Living

Working in her studio nestled on a hillside overlooking Wears Valley, a border community of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, artist Kathryn Rutherford’s face takes on a radiance. Read more


Cades Cove butterfly

Photo by Mark Roberts, Mark J Roberts Photography

Seven photographers bring us the sights of spring in the mountains. Read more


Starry night

Mark Roberts

Few things endure quite like the memories made on an endless summer day in the mountains. Our readers share their views of those special moments. Read more

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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When artist and photographer Louis E. Jones arrived in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, in the 1920s, he became the first artist to reside permanently in the remote mountain village and earn a living from his craft. Read more

Fall view

Kristina Plaas photo

With crisp blue skies and a riot of colors in the treetops, fall in the Smokies is a photographer’s paradise. But with more than 800 square miles to chose from, where should an aspiring shutterbug start? Read more

Harvesting Beauty

Ken Abbott photo

In 2004, photographer Ken Abbott signed up to chaperone his daughter’s preschool field trip to Hickory Nut Gap Farm in Fairview, North Carolina. Little did Abbott know how deeply the fifth-generation family farm would get under his skin. Read more

Winning viewpoints: ​Out of more than 1,000 photographs, a panel of judges chose 42 images as finalists in the 12th annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition, a selection of which we are proud to feature in these pages. Read more

Walk into any bookshop in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and you will almost certainly find an impressive array of books celebrating these life and times—from hiking guides to Cherokee folk tales. And the new titles keep coming. Read more


Spring Cleaning

Jo Harris

The hills are alive with the sounds and sights of spring. Our readers share their views of nature’s renewal. Read more

Tell it on the mountain

Sherry Shook photo

What does it mean to be alive—is it simply to exist or persist or is it to thrive? Our readers share their views of the things that survive. Read more

As the light changes in the fall and the landscape takes on a golden hue, the mountains burn with umber colors in a photographer’s view. Here, our readers share their captured images with you. Read more


Cradle of Forestry

Margaret Hester photo

Sliding Rock and Looking Glass Falls mark the winding roadway through the Pisgah National Forest to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Perhaps lesser known, the Cradle of Forestry is a unique 6,500-acre Historical Site. Read more


The Man, George Masa

Courtesy of Great Smoky Mountains Association/George Masa Collection

In 1933, George Masa, a pivotal figure in the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the creator of some of the finest black and white photographs of the region, died in Asheville from influenza. Read more


View from Bear Den Overlook

Tim Barnwell photo

As the mountains rise and fall along the 469-mile length of the Blue Ridge Parkway from Cherokee, N.C., to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, one might look out upon the landscape and wonder just what it is that one sees. Read more