Tag: waterfalls

  1. Trailside Talk: The Wonder of Falling Water

    Trailside Talk:  The Wonder of Falling Water The Smokies have waterfalls, dozens of them. Tall, wide, swift, slow. You can find them on the roadside and deep in the Smokies wilderness. Laurel Falls Cascades. GSMA Archives. Walking to a beautiful waterfall is the objective of many Smokies hikers. The hike is often its own reward, but to round a corner in the forest, Read more...
  2. Image for the Asking: A Reflection on the Nature of Things

    Image for the Asking: A Reflection on the Nature of Things Story and image by Don McGowan It is so tempting, given the amazing literal beauty of the geography of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, to become a photographic documentarian of these wonderful mountains and valleys, complete with their complex, diverse array of life forms and habitats. To do this, however, would be, in my humble opinion, Read more...
  3. Trailside Talk: Water Up, Water Down

    Trailside Talk: Water Up, Water Down What is it about flowing water that so many of us find so mesmerizing and magnetic? The sound? The movement? The fall over a precipice to a pool below? The eternal pounding against rocks that become imperceptibly smoother by the moment? Whatever the attraction, the Smokies—and, by happy extrapolation, Smokies visitors—are blessed Read more...
  4. 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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