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Asheville almost didn't get Blue Ridge Parkway route

November 9, 2009, 8:40 am
It is hard to imagine Asheville without the Blue Ridge Parkway.For most visitors and locals, it seems as though the 469-mile road has always wound through the mountains of Western North Carolina, providing stunning views and access to miles of hiking.But its peaceful vistas, bucolic cabins and split rail fences can conceal the complex ...

Smokies taking volunteers to map ash trees

November 6, 2009, 7:39 am
Researchers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are inviting people to volunteer as Citizen Scientists from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to map locations of ash trees in the park. Volunteers will learn how to identify ash and other common trees found in the Smoky Mountains, read a topographic map, and use a ...

Major road improvements planned for Great Smoky Mountains

October 27, 2009, 7:29 am
The hills will be alive with the sound of road graders and asphalt trucks next spring and summer in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The country's most-visited national park is planning more than $44 million in major improvements to 56 miles of park roads, a campground and a popular trailhead parking ...

Good year for elk herd in Smoky mountains

October 20, 2009, 6:42 am
Nineteen elk calves were born this year in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and 16 survived. Park officials said it's been one of the best years yet for increasing the herd. There are now about 110 elk in the park, divided about evenly among males and females. Additionally, officials said the ...

Rediscovered Great Smokies novel published after 80 years

October 19, 2009, 8:00 am
Author George Ellison been researching and writing about Horace Kephart’s life and work for just under 40 years. He wrote the biographical introduction for the book “Smoky Mountain Magic,” published exactly 80 years after the author’s final typescript had apparently been completed. The emergence of the novel is a major literary and cultural event. ...

Park to close Cades Cave Loop Road for rebuilding next year

October 13, 2009, 11:12 am
The 11-mile Cades Cove Loop Road will be closed nearly three months next year for reconstruction, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced today. The popular scenic route will be closed to all traffic from March 1-May 21.The project is weather sensitive so the work could be affected by the amount of rainfall ...

Smokies families treasure memories before park: After 75 years, the mountain generation hopes visitors will continue to care

October 12, 2009, 8:50 am
They didn't move far, these children of the mountains.The government took their families' land to make the Great Smoky Mountains National Park 75 years ago. But their love for the place kept them close, even if their new homes had no mountain views.Those who slid barefoot down Sugarlands' hills, ...

Let's call these men honorary residents of Haywood County

October 12, 2009, 8:37 am
Haywood County was never home to either Horace Kephart or George Masa. Their names are not written in the annals of our county, but both men left large footprints as they journeyed through our past.Horace Kephart was a writer and George Masa a photographer. Each had come to the ...

Gatlinburg issues fall leaf report

October 7, 2009, 8:01 am
ature’s annual kaleidoscope of color is visiting the Smokies this year with great vigor. To help travelers determine where the best latitude is for leaf viewing at any given time, Gatlinburg provides updated leaf reports at and a fall foliage page at These links chronicle the descent of full-fledged color ...

Watch the stars over Great Smokies National Park

October 1, 2009, 6:03 am
Great Smoky Mountains National Park will offer a 2-hour stargazing program in Cades Cove starting at 7:30 p.m. Oct, 10 in cooperation with the Smoky Mountains Astronomical Society.Experienced astronomers and several telescopes will be on hand to provide a discovery of the autumn sky’s position of stars, galaxies, and ...

Knoxville writer celebrates Smokies in new book

September 28, 2009, 10:35 am
Flat Creek Publishing announced recently the release of J. Greg Johnson’s new book, Sanctuary: Meditations from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the National Park, Johnson, award-winning opinion columnist for the Knoxville News Sentinel, returned to the backcountry of the Great Smoky Mountains and wrote over two dozen intimate ...

Time Travel: Hiking Historical Homesteads in the Smokies

September 15, 2009, 7:19 am
A unique route linking historic homesteads yields an exciting Smokies adventure for hikers and history buffs alike. Weaving through gnarled limbs of rhododendron, I mop the sweat from my forehead and swat a cloud of gnats. We've only hiked 10 minutes, and my bare shins are crosshatched from bashing through these shiny, knee-high ...

Celebrate Fall Harvest at the Mountain Farm Museum

September 14, 2009, 1:49 pm
The annual Mountain Life Festival at the Mountain Farm Museum in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is scheduled Saturday, September 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. During this 75th anniversary year of the park, the event will showcase Appalachian folkways and pay tribute to the many families who lived on lands that ...

Top 10 Leaf Peeping Destinations

September 3, 2009, 11:06 am
One of our favorite parts of autumn is beautiful change in foliage. From green to different shades of orange and red and yellow, trees in some places begin to change as early as late August. If you’re interested in some leaf peeping this fall, then plan a visit to ...

The Smoky Mountains: From farming to franchising

August 31, 2009, 8:12 am
Even before it became a national park in 1934, folks from around the region would visit the Smoky Mountains, making it their summer playground.Hiking, camping and frolicking in the streams were pastimes that an estimated 9 million visitors now enjoy each year and have spurred an economy of unparalleled ...