Tag: fall

  1. Trailside Talk: Approaching Autumn

    Trailside Talk: Approaching Autumn There are a few magical moments that bring in the seasons of the Smokies. The first snowflake blowing across the shoulders of Mount Le Conte or Mount Guyot beckons winter. The tiniest wildflower signals spring is close behind. An afternoon thunderstorm rolling across the ridge freshens the Little River and declares that summer has arrived. And Read more...
  2. Reluctant Surrender to Rumors of Coming Winter

    Reluctant Surrender to Rumors of Coming Winter Rebellious leavesgoing outin a blaze of glory,setting trees aflamein riotous color.Reluctant surrenderto rumorsof coming winter. ~John Mark Green, Taste the Wild Wonder: Poems (2018)   Fall on Little River. Photo by David Knapp. John Mark Green’s colorful poem gives voice to the annual phenomenon of the Read more...
  3. Trailside Talk: The Last Leaf

    Trailside Talk: The Last Leaf Autumn’s color palette in and around the Smokies has been, with few exceptions, marvelous this year. From Big Creek to Fontana, the colors of the season have splashed the mountainsides and valleys with red, gold, and orange set against the emerald of the evergreens. It has been possible to round a bend in the road or on a trail and be Read more...
  4. Trailside Talk: Autumn’s Best

    Trailside Talk: Autumn’s Best For those wondering what the most difficult thing about visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park might be, here it is: choosing the best place in the park to see autumn color. Picking the place and time for brilliant fall color in the park is sort of a cottage industry. Scientists do it. Hoteliers do it. Tourism agencies do it. Even the Read more...
  5. 2020: A Great Year for Waterfalls and Mushrooms

    2020: A Great Year for Waterfalls and Mushrooms By Steve Kemp Based on the heavy flow of waterfalls and the plethora of mushrooms on trails, you might guess this has been a rainy year in the Great Smoky Mountains. You are correct! According to Jim Renfro, the park’s air quality specialist and de facto meteorologist, 2020 has been the wettest year on record thus far at Newfound Gap Read more...

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