It’s morning on the Pigeon River, which will soon teem with visitors enjoying the beautiful and exciting Pigeon River Gorge. It hasn’t always been this way. Read more


Cherokee National Forest

Cocke County Partnership photo

Drivers know the stretch of Interstate 40 between Hartford, Tennessee, and Canton, North Carolina, as a white-knuckled experience wedged between concrete barriers and moving walls of tractor trailers. Read more


Juneywank Falls, Bryson City, N.C.

Donated photo

Growing up in the Smokies afforded me several opportunities to get outside and play—with friends and, most importantly, with family. Some of my favorite memories are of times spent out in the woods and spent for no other reason than to be outdoors. Read more


40 years, 4 rivers and 1 million guests later

Becky Wise photo

The zipline course at the Pigeon River Adventure Center in Hartford, Tenn., saves the best for last.It was the closest I’ll probably ever get to flying, gliding along the course’s final cable for a full quarter mile, soaring 120 feet in the air. Read more