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  1. Wildflowers 101: Blooming Shrubs

    Wildflowers 101: Blooming Shrubs Story and images by Tom Harrington Many wildflowers in the Great Smoky Mountains have very unique fragrances that can be helpful in identifying them. As an example, let’s examine dog-hobble and witch-hobble. These plants are technically shrubs, but their gorgeous blooms are worth searching for around this time of year. Dog- Read more...
  2. Father–Daughter Duo Discovers New Aquatic Organism

    Father–Daughter Duo Discovers New Aquatic Organism By Frances Figart A new aquatic organism has been discovered from a wetland near the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. It's a microscopic worm-like creature that feeds on algae and bacteria, and it appears to be pretty common across North America and much of the world, if one thinks to look for it. This slide image of a hairybellied Read more...
  3. Trailside Talk: Counting on Le Conte

    Trailside Talk: Counting on Le Conte By Mike Hembree If you have hiked to the top of Mount Le Conte, you have "peaked" Tom Layton’s interest. A former journalist and master of the pun, Layton is the overseer, editor, and only employee of a website devoted to one of the Smokies’ legend-filled mountains and to the people who hike its trails repeatedly. Layton, 66, Read more...
  4. Remarkable Women of the Smokies

    Remarkable Women of the Smokies By Sarah Shiver Many inspiring and influential women have ties to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Some lived and died in the Smokies before the park was established, while others advocated for the park’s creation or drew artistic inspiration from it. In honor of Women’s History Month, here is a look at three women of the smokies Read more...
  5. Books Come to Life on the Storybook Trail of the Smokies

    Books Come to Life on the Storybook Trail of the Smokies The Cosby Nature Trail, home of the Storybook Trail of the Smokies. Photo by NPS/ Katie Corrigan. Reading is even more fun in the great outdoors. That’s the big idea behind the Storybook Trail of the Smokies initiative coming to the one-mile Cosby Nature Trail this spring. Soon young readers, school groups, and families Read more...
  6. New Sepia Tones Series Adds Missing Liner Notes to Smokies Music History

    New Sepia Tones Series Adds Missing Liner Notes to Smokies Music History The Great Smoky Mountains are positively full of music. The songs begin with the music of the Cherokee—the Principal People who passed down their myths, songs, and dance long before the invention of a written Cherokee language. Later, in the 19th and 20th centuries, the music came to include the songs of settlers, the enslaved peoples who Read more...
  7. Team BUSAR Assists GSMNP with Search and Rescue Operations

    Team BUSAR Assists GSMNP with Search and Rescue Operations By Sarah Shiver Photos courtesy of Team BUSAR When exploring Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it is not uncommon for visitors to find themselves momentarily disoriented. Usually this confusion is resolved by quickly glancing at a map or asking a fellow hiker for directions. But for backcountry explorers who stray from the trail, face Read more...
  8. Trailside Talk: Greenbrier

    Trailside Talk: Greenbrier By Mike Hembree It’s easy to miss the entrance to one of Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s most noteworthy sections. Drive too fast on Highway 321 east of Gatlinburg and you’ll zoom past the small GSMNP sign by the Little Pigeon River bridge, and you’ll miss a grand experience. You’ll miss Greenbrier. In a Read more...
  9. New Book Teaches Youth About Need for Wildlife Crossings

    New Book Teaches Youth About Need for Wildlife Crossings By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director When I started working at Great Smoky Mountains Association in 2017, I figured I would write a book at some point in my tenure. But I never dreamed I would become the author of a children’s book. The impetus for it goes back to my own childhood, which was idyllic. I grew up in Eastern Read more...
  10. Meet George Masa, the Photographer Whose Work Helped Protect the Great Smoky Mountains

    Meet George Masa, the Photographer Whose Work Helped Protect the Great Smoky Mountains Introduction by Janet McCue Readers of Smokies LIVE will probably recognize the name George Masa, but freelance science and nature journalist Grant Currin hopes to introduce the talented photographer to the worldwide audience of Audubon readers. Currin sketches Masa’s life, the discrimination immigrants have faced, and the role Masa& Read more...

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