Great Smoky Mountains 
National Park

cherokee, North carolina & Gatlinburg, Tennessee | 522,427 acres

 

Nestled on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee, the Great Smoky Mountains attracts nearly 10 million visitors each year, making it the most visited national park in the country. The park offers stunning views of the oldest mountain range on the planet, scenic drives slowed by "bear jams," and a rich human history.

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Home in the Mountains of Blue Smoke

As we drove to the Great Smoky Mountains, it seemed appropriate to listen to “The National Parks” on tape, by David Duncan and Ken Burns. We...

2 years ago

Ila Hatter’s lifelong pursuit of botany had made her a leading authority on medicinal and edible plants, despite no formal...

2 years ago

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, in Townsend, TN, was one of our first stops in the Smokies. We came back on our final...

2 years ago

Earlier we wrote about the founding of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and how the park resulted in the relocation of...

2 years ago

We’ve heard a few ways to tell of the founding of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, that differ when told by the locals...

2 years ago

We met with Rick, Jim, Cuz and Jan - members of the Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association, a nonprofit since 1994. They’re...

2 years ago

Two surprising facts we’ve learned about the Smokies - it’s the most visited Park in the country, (11 million visitors in...

2 years ago

We met last week with Laurel Rematore and Steve Kemp, Executive Director & Products and Interpretive Services Director at the...

2 years ago

Enter the Great Smoky Mountains through the North Carolina side, and you’ll pass through Cherokee nation - not a reservation,...

2 years ago

At Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville, NC, we attended a reading from the hot-off-the-press “Women of the Smokies,” with the author...

2 years ago

"It all started because a student tried to burn down a podium." So goes the story of the Foxfire Magazine, Book Series, and...

2 years ago

Away from the downtown attractions of Gatlinburg, you’ll find the Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community, an 8-mile loop where...

2 years ago

Last Friday, we had the pleasure of attending the National Park Service's open house for their brand new Collections...

2 years ago

We visited Tuckaleechee Caverns on Wednesday, in Townsend, TN, on the northern edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park,...

2 years ago

Last night we were lured from our fire at our campsite by the sound of the most beautiful bluegrass music coming from the RV...

2 years ago
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The journey begins!

Today we depart for the Great Smoky Mountains, as Ilyssa and I begin our travel across the country, looking for great campfire stories from five...

2 years ago