Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Jun 2019
A new biography explores Horace Kephart’s embrace of the mountains

Apr 2019
The latest from throughout Western North Carolina

Apr 2019
A visionary effort to create a statewide trail has been 40 years in the making. With the path now finished in Western North Carolina and a groundswell of support rising in the East, the completion of North Carolina’s most monumental natural treasure is on the horizon.

Dec 2018
Locals, especially, can confirm Western North Carolina holds a wealth of riches. From natural wonders and cultural treasures to splurge-worthy experiences, the indulgences afforded in our mountains are, in many ways, priceless.

Jun 2018
Discover what’s new and awesome for all ages in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville, Tennessee

Apr 2018
Just in time for Memorial Day, two histories breathe life into WNC’s iconic cemeteries

Apr 2018
A unique species of firefly graces the mountains

Apr 2018
Explore history, modernity, and beauty in this one-of-a-kind town

Feb 2018
Meet the nearly invisible (and nearly indestructible) tardigrade

Feb 2018
Long valued by the Cherokee, this wild leafy green has lots to offer

Dec 2017
Great Smoky Mountains National Park gets a vivid graphic treatment and more

Dec 2017
Hiking to a summit, scanning the night sky for stars, or hunting for wild delicacies are activities best experienced in fall’s crisp temperatures, when crystal clear skies and showy foliage provide a breathtaking backdrop for a day’s chosen adventure

Dec 2017
In the summertime, warm waters, cool nights, and unfiltered sunshine coalesce in a bucolic, unfettered burst of beauty. And There’s no shortage of ways to enjoy it; work up a sweat or take a cool dip—there’s something for everyone in this sweet season

Dec 2017
When wildflowers dot the greening landscape and rushing rivers flow cold from snow melt, take in the beauty of springtime in the mountains with activities for the whole family

Oct 2017
Big Creek Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Aug 2017
For 80 years, WNC’s Masonic monument has preserved far-flung pieces of history

Apr 2017
Trek from Ox Creek Road to the historic remains of Rattlesnake Lodge

Feb 2017
Celebrate our anniversary with top 10 lists of local albums, books, fishing spots, movies, restaurants, and more

Aug 2016
Distance: 14.2 miles round-trip, Difficulty: Strenuous

Jun 2016
Sweeten the experience with a recipe for portable hand pies

Jun 2016
As the National Park system turns 100, test your knowledge of the six in WNC

Feb 2016
Test your knowledge of native blooms before embarking on a botanical pilgrimage

Dec 2015
Sometimes, smaller is better.

Apr 2015
Three friends take on the arduous challenge of running the highest mountain range in the East in a single day

Oct 2014
Make a moonshine run to see some of WNC’s historic stills

Aug 2014
A new exhibit uncovers local history

Oct 2013

Oct 2013

Apr 2013
Three new reads chronicle adventures past and present

Apr 2013
Cullowhee reels in the Southeastern Fly Fishing Festival

Apr 2013
Artist Jason Lydic brings creatures and plants to life in metal

Apr 2013
Each year, millions of visitors pass through this scenic valley in Great Smoky Mountains National Park to marvel at the wildlife that roams free. Get a glimpse of what awaits with this collection of photographs that capture one lensman’s breath-taking encounters.

Oct 2012
From new outdoor learning environments to reimagined downtown corridors, the nonprofit Asheville Design Center is helping communities create blueprints for brighter futures

Feb 2012
Boogerman Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Round-trip: 7.4 Miles, Difficulty: moderate

Sep 2011
Autumn is upon us, and you can park yourself in the backyard and watch the leaves put on a show.

May 2011
You are now leaving WNC. Don’t call us traitors for straying from our beloved natural wonderland. Sometimes you just have to play outside the lines. After all, much of what we love here—lofty peaks, wild rivers, picturesque lakes, and awe-inspiring trails—spills over into Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Summer is the season to grab your gear, whether it be a life jacket, fishing rod, hiking boots, or mountain bike, and head for great escapes just across the border.

Apr 2011
Decoration Day heralds the return of a time-honored and colorful custom

Feb 2011
Oconaluftee River Trail

May 2010
Two species of fireflies unique to Southern Appalachia illuminate the night

Sep 2009
Waynesville may be the biggest town west of Asheville, but it retains a neighborly charm