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  1. Smokies Life magazine: Roosevelt’s “Grand Trip” to the Smokies

    Smokies Life magazine: Roosevelt’s “Grand Trip” to the Smokies The following is a teaser for a feature in the current Smokies Life magazine. Roosevelt’s “Grand Trip” to the Smokies, By Anne Bridges Prologue Many people are aware that President Roosevelt visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1940 to dedicate the park. But few realize that this was his second trip to the Read more...
  2. Image for the Asking: A River

    Image for the Asking: A River Story and image by Don McGowan  There are nearly 2,900 miles of streams in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. That’s roughly the distance between Asheville, North Carolina, and the Colorado National Monument, just south of Fruita, Colorado, and back again; and nearly 600 miles of that number are suitable for fishing. The watersheds Read more...
  3. Permanent Camp: Fraser Magnolias

    Permanent Camp: Fraser Magnolias In the coves of the southern Appalachians, cooled by the breezes set astir by ever-falling water … this lovely tree [Fraser magnolia] is most at home, its flowers shining forth serenely as water-lilies floating in the forest green.  ~ D. C. Peattie, A Natural History of Trees of Eastern and Central America (1950) Written by Read more...
  4. Catch the Firefly Experience

    Catch the Firefly Experience While things brought many changes, one symbolic event of summer stayed true—the appearance of fireflies. And though firefly season is slowly coming to an end, there are still many ways to experience the magic of these wonderful creatures. Firefly photographer and videographer Radim Schreiber partnered with Great Smoky Mountains Association Read more...
  5. Word from the Smokies: Superintendent Cassius Cash Launches Smokies Hikes for Healing

    Word from the Smokies: Superintendent Cassius Cash Launches Smokies Hikes for Healing New initiative brings small groups of strangers together for important conversations about racism within the refuge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park  By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director In late May, as the park began to resume operations after being fully closed for 46 days, a shock wave rang out around the world Read more...
  6. Chief Ranger Lisa Hendy Works to Prevent Search and Rescue

    Chief Ranger Lisa Hendy Works to Prevent Search and Rescue By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director  Visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park topped 12.5 million in 2019. This year, despite the park having been completely closed March 24 through May 9 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the sheer volume of people is once again exerting great strain on all the park’s systems— Read more...
  7. Smokies Guide Summer Feature: Supporting Wildlife with Native Plants  

    Smokies Guide Summer Feature: Supporting Wildlife with Native Plants    Did you know you can read the official Great Smoky Mountains National Park newspaper online?  Skip the stop at a visitor center and go straight to the GSMA Smokies Guide page to read or download the latest summer 2020 Smokies Guide complete with park news, roadway maps, trip planning help, hiking essentials, junior ranger activities, and Read more...
  8. Image for the Asking: Snail Eating Up the Forest

    Image for the Asking: Snail Eating Up the Forest Story and image by Don McGowan They are easily overlooked and often quite readily ignored. They often leave a slimy trail wherever they go, which doesn’t necessarily endear them to a lot of people. Yet they are an important part of the web of life in these old mountains, and if you are willing to be completely honest with yourself, they Read more...
  9. Explore the Smokies Canopy in a New Podcast Episode with Author Rose Houk

    Explore the Smokies Canopy in a New Podcast Episode with Author Rose Houk By Aaron Searcy, publications associate From high above the tallest treetops in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, author Rose Houk asks, “What goes on in the uppermost layers of this forest? Does anything live up there? What creatures big or small live in what’s called the forest canopy? And what is the canopy anyway?”& Read more...
  10. The Obscure Tale of the Appalachian Cottontail

    The Obscure Tale of the Appalachian Cottontail By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director  What’s that cute, fluffy animal with long ears hopping at top speed across the top of Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Is it the common eastern cottontail, or could it be the rare Appalachian cottontail? The Appalachian cottontail (Sylvilagus obscurus) is a Read more...

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