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  1. Trailside Talk: Quiet History and Scenic Beauty in Cataloochee Valley

    Trailside Talk: Quiet History and Scenic Beauty in Cataloochee Valley Visitors to Cades Cove, one of the most popular spots in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, might be interested to know that there were discussions in the park’s formative days of preserving parts of another Smokies community in similar fashion.  A view of Cataloochee Field, 1938. Courtesy of GSMNP archives. Read more...
  2. Marker to Honor Japanese Photographer George Masa, a New Kind of Picture-Maker

    Marker to Honor Japanese Photographer George Masa, a New Kind of Picture-Maker Most people know that North Carolina and Tennessee share the most visited park in the nation, and that the total number of visitors to the Smokies in 2021 exceeded 14 million. But many may not yet know that one of the figures responsible for the Smokies even becoming a park was a sprightly Japanese man with a big grin, a clunky camera that was Read more...
  3. Data Monitoring Protects Species for the Long Haul

    Data Monitoring Protects Species for the Long Haul Most of the scientists on staff at Great Smoky Mountains National Park contribute in some way to the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI), an ongoing catalog of all Smokies life forms. Managed by nonprofit park partner Discover Life in America in cooperation with park service staff, students, community scientists, and researchers from around Read more...
  4. Wildflowers 101: Solomon’s Seal and False Solomon’s Seal

    Wildflowers 101: Solomon’s Seal and False Solomon’s Seal Story and images by Tom Harrington Perhaps, over the long winter, you have been like me, eagerly awaiting wildflower season in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Already a few wildflowers, like spring beauties, hepatica, long-spurred violet, star chickweed, and trailing arbutus, have been found in bloom on some of the trails Read more...
  5. Image for the Asking: The Many Connections of a Small, Nameless Stream

    Image for the Asking: The Many Connections of a Small, Nameless Stream Story and image by Don McGowan Although you may not be familiar with it, the wet weather creek in this image is associated with the founding history of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As far as I know, the stream at this point in its journey has no name, though it will eventually merge its waters into Walker Camp Prong—half of West Read more...
  6. Appalachian Studies Association honors ‘Sepia Tones’ series with e-Appalachia Award

    Appalachian Studies Association honors ‘Sepia Tones’ series with e-Appalachia Award On Thursday, March 17, Great Smoky Mountains Association’s ongoing podcast miniseries, Sepia Tones: Exploring Black Appalachian Music, was recognized with the e-Appalachia Award at the 45th Annual Appalachian Studies Association Conference.  The e-Appalachia Award is given annually in recognition of an outstanding media source that Read more...
  7. Wildflower CPR—Yes, It’s a Real Thing

    Wildflower CPR—Yes, It’s a Real Thing Photos by Sue Wasserman Don’t you love when obscure, long-ago memories bubble up to the surface? I was walking on a trail the other day when a doozy of one brought a chuckle to my lips. I was taken back more than two decades to a conversation with my sister-in-law who was about to give birth to her first son. She told my brother and me Read more...
  8. Family-Friendly Walks in the Smokies: Nature Trails Part 1

    Family-Friendly Walks in the Smokies: Nature Trails Part 1 You don’t have to tackle long and arduous hiking trails in the Smokies to get the benefit of a great walk in the woods. Families will be happy to know that the national park offers more than a dozen nature and historic walking trails that are perfect for relatively easy family exploration. Most of the nature trails—developed by Read more...
  9. Convergence of Diversity: The Twin Creeks Natural History Collections

    Convergence of Diversity: The Twin Creeks Natural History Collections By Aaron Searcy. All images by Joye Ardyn Durham. The Natural History Collections room at Twin Creeks Science and Education Center in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is the one place in the world where the endlessly surprising diversity of life found in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is assembled together as one astounding whole. Beyond a Read more...
  10. Trailside Talk: See Cades Cove From a New Perspective—By Bike

    Trailside Talk: See Cades Cove From a New Perspective—By Bike Images by Quentin Ellison If you had to pick the top three spots in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the answer might be: 1. Cades Cove2. Cades Cove3. Cades Cove This exquisite mountain valley attracts visitors by the thousands in every season, and for good reason. The views are spectacular, animal life is abundant, and some of the Read more...

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