Tag: Hiking

  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. Wilderness Wildlife Week Makes Great Smoky Mountains Adventuring a Breeze

    Wilderness Wildlife Week Makes Great Smoky Mountains Adventuring a Breeze Photos by Sue Wasserman So many choices, so little time. That’s what I was thinking as I began considering just the right Great Smokies trail to meander while in Gatlinburg recently. GSMA Creative Services Director Frances Figart had no idea she was going to help make that decision easy. She had simply invited me to visit her at her Read more...
  4. Plan Like a Ranger When You Visit National Parks

    Plan Like a Ranger When You Visit National Parks By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director Visitation at national parks is increasing and expected to continue to grow throughout the summer. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is experiencing high monthly visitor numbers, suggesting we may top 2019’s record-breaking 12.5 million visitors by the end of 2021. Even during Read more...
  5. Mountain Time: “The Green Tunnel” Through the Smokies

    Mountain Time: “The Green Tunnel” Through the Smokies By Arthur “Butch” McDade The Appalachian Trail (AT) is an iconic American long-distance path. In Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it runs over 70 miles along the park’s high ridges and gaps, including Clingmans Dome, the highest point on the AT. For many hikers, it’s the premier trail in the park. And while the Read more...
  6. Writer Not in Residence: Being Present in the Now

    Writer Not in Residence: Being Present in the Now By Sue Wasserman The difference between “here” and “there” is “now.”  The thought struck me as I remembered an experience last year in the Greenbrier section of the park. I had been told the Porter Creek Trail was rich in early spring wildflowers. Shortly after setting out, I met Mountain Mike, a well- Read more...
  7. Memories of Mount Le Conte 

    Memories of Mount Le Conte  By Mike Hembree Mount Le Conte isn’t the highest mountain in the Smokies, but it wins in the “most loved” category. Driving toward Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, on Highway 441, the view of Le Conte is as of a monolith, a strong-shouldered, imposing mountain that stands sentinel over the valleys below, its green peaks more than 6,000 Read more...
  8. Video Feature: An Early Spring Hike

    Video Feature: An Early Spring Hike By Valerie Polk, GSMA Videographer and Publications Associate We're happy to see that many of you have been enjoying our videos! Today I thought I would share a video from a hike I took two years ago with my husband and daughter. It was a cool day, and early spring wildflowers were just beginning to poke their way into the world. Birds were Read more...
  9. Little Sluice of Heaven: A tiny sliver of the A.T.

    Rhodo Tunnel Chestnut Branch

    By Lisa Duff

    Memorial Day Monday found me with a mild case of cabin fever, which was a bit strange since CF is typically a wintertime ailment. What happened was this: I’d successfully managed to add a few at-home days to the end of my vacation to allow for ease of real-world re-entry, and Monday, as it turned out, was one day too many.

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  10. Little Sluice of Heaven: Creek Crossings and Crippling Critters

    Little Sluice of Heaven: Creek Crossings and Crippling Critters

    By Lisa Duff

    When Great Smoky Mountains Association volunteer hike guide Lloyd Shiver suggested we knock out two trails with significant creek crossings this summer, I thought, “Can’t ask for a better time to cool off in the Smokies than late June and July.” Add to that the fact boat rides would be required to cross Fontana Lake at the conclusion of each, I jumped at the chance to join in.

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