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  1. Trailside Talk: Finding Solitude in a Busy Park

    Trailside Talk: Finding Solitude in a Busy Park For many people, national parks are about an escape from daily life, a place to find peace and quiet alongside a stream, on the shore of a deep lake, or at the highest point of a mountain. Is this sort of reverie possible in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the nation’s most heavily visited? The answer is not only “yes,” Read more...
  2. Otters, Goldenrod, Monarchs, and a Plein Air Painter Heighten Cades Cove Experience

    Otters, Goldenrod, Monarchs, and a Plein Air Painter Heighten Cades Cove Experience The trailhead for Abrams Falls sits about halfway along the 11-mile loop through Cades Cove at the number 10 marker. Photo by Sue Wasserman. As much as I love waterfalls, I’m not so keen on traffic. As the 2022 Steve Kemp writer in residence, one of my personal goals has been to explore as much of the park as possible, Read more...
  3. New Issue of "Smokies Life" Celebrates Trees and Their Stories

    New Issue of Have you ever tried to count the number of branches on a tree? One limb leads to many appendages from which grow several more, each with its own shape, size, and direction. The prospect of keeping them sorted long enough to perform an accurate count presents a nigh-impossible task. It might seem easier to count the number of trees on an acre Read more...
  4. A Wild Awakening: An Interview with David Brill, Part 1

    A Wild Awakening: An Interview with David Brill, Part 1 By Walt Evans Longtime readers of Smokies Life will recognize the name David Brill like that of an old friend. Starting with the first issue in 2007, Brill has published upwards of 20 stories in the magazine’s pages—everything from an inquiry into the letters of unofficial park historian Hiram Wilburn, to fly fishing in Cades Cove Read more...
  5. Camera in the Park: The End of the Season

    Camera in the Park: The End of the Season Story and images by Nye Simmons After all the colors have faded and leaves have fallen, many visitors to the Smokies, including photographers, lose interest. After all, the pretty stuff is on the ground now, isn’t it? Yet, this is the time of year when all the structure of the trees shows through. The color palette becomes muted into Read more...
  6. Parks as Classrooms Offers Kids Unforgettable Experiences

    Parks as Classrooms Offers Kids Unforgettable Experiences Courtney Lix grew up entwined in the natural and cultural history of Great Smoky Mountains National Park like a vine climbing up an ancient tree. Her grandfather, Henry Lix, was a park service employee who came to the Smokies to work as a naturalist in 1951. By 1953, he had founded the Great Smoky Mountains Natural History Association (today Read more...
  7. Anderson Design Group interviews GSMA’s CEO Laurel Rematore

    Anderson Design Group interviews GSMA’s CEO Laurel Rematore Anderson Design Group, a family-owned business based in Nashville, TN, creates poster art to document the wonder of America's 63 national parks. The following is an excerpt from an interview ADG conducted with Great Smoky Mountains Association CEO Laurel Rematore to raise awareness for the important educational work, Read more...
  8. Sepia Tones Welcomes Amythyst Kiah and Jack Tottle

    Sepia Tones Welcomes Amythyst Kiah and Jack Tottle In a new episode of Sepia Tones: Exploring Black Appalachian Music, hosts Dr. William Turner and Dr. Ted Olson talk to Amythyst Kiah—an acclaimed, Grammy-nominated musician whose work blending the genres of folk, rock, and roots music has established her as a distinctive new voice in Appalachia. Reconnecting with Kiah in this episode is Read more...
  9. Ridgerunners: Stewards of the Appalachian Trail in the Smokies

    Ridgerunners: Stewards of the Appalachian Trail in the Smokies There are many jobs that contribute to the preservation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park for future generations, like rangers who oversee backcountry campsites, park biologists who study the flora and fauna of this amazing region, or support staff who work with the park’s nonprofit partners. In my view, however, one of the most Read more...
  10. Smokies Volunteers Chase Butterflies for Science

    Smokies Volunteers Chase Butterflies for Science Every fall, Great Smoky Mountains National Park plays host to what might best be described as a moving miracle. In the sunny, open valleys around Cataloochee and Cades Cove, iconic monarch butterflies descend to nectar and take shelter in fields of native wildflowers and grasses.  After their pitstop, the butterflies resume their long Read more...

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