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It was odd in mid February to hear the weatherman on the local television say something like, “is this the last blast of winter for the season?” Read more

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Forget the days of stuffy museums with ropes to keep the hands of little visitors from getting too close. Today, many museums are geared for kids of all ages with interactive play, colorful exhibits, and rich opportunities for hands-on learning. Read more

Share with us your favorite smells, sounds or sights of Spring. Read more

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Storm remnants could bring heavy rain to area. Read more

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Cook Cabin

Elly Wells

Highlights will include the recently restored Cook Cabin, the historic Baptist church and cemetery, and spring wildflowers. Read more

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One hundred years ago, the prime mode of transportation from the Great Smoky Mountains to the big cities was a steam locomotive. Today, riding historical and tourist lines in the area is a connection to that past. Read more

I delight in books of literary compendia. Sometimes, of course, I quarrel with the selections. Read more

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I got a message from a reader in northeast Ohio that perfectly sums up what we try to do with every issue of Smoky Mountain Living. She is from Johnson City, Tennessee, but has lived in Cuyahoga Falls, near Akron, for 34 years. Read more

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Katie Knorovsky

Second Street photography

My mom can stare into the sea for hours. During my childhood, summer usually meant a road trip away from our landlocked home to spend at least a week at the beach. Read more

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Brenda Ernst

Paddling whitewater on the Nantahala River, fly-fishing the French Broad, mountain biking the single-tracks of Pisgah Forest—outdoor adventure comes naturally in Southern Appalachia. Read more

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Balsam Range in Fines Creek

Garret K. Woodward photo

In July 2012, I wandered into The Smoky Mountain News office in downtown Waynesville, North Carolina—tired, hungry, a little delirious and full of inertia and caffeine after a nonstop haul from upstate New York. Read more

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