Trailside Talk

  1. Trailside Talk: Mission 66

    Trailside Talk: Mission 66 By Mike Hembree A happy coincidence in the 1950s led to change for the national park system. The Baby Boom of the post-World War II period increased the population of children in the United States dramatically. At the same time, the country was becoming increasingly mobile. Many veterans returning from the military had the money to buy their Read more...
  2. Trailside Talk: Ode to Winter

    Trailside Talk: Ode to Winter By Mike Hembree; photo by Ann Froschauer It’s no surprise that most of the approximately 12 million people who visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park in a normal year do so in four months: June, July, August, and October. The summer months, of course, mean vacations for families, and they offer the Smokies at their greenest. October Read more...

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