Walking Into History On The Road To Nowhere

Walking Into History on the Road to Nowhere

  • June 30, 2017

The North Carolina side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is often called its quiet side. Perhaps most well known is Bryson City's Deep Creek Campground and trailhead, but did you know there are two entrances to the Park at Bryson…

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Rhododendron Maximum: Giant Of The Heath Family

Rhododendron Maximum: Giant of the Heath Family

  • June 15, 2017

Once spring arrives in the Blue Ridge, it’s a non-stop parade of wildflowers blooming nearly everywhere. On show beginning in mid-June: rhododendron maximum or rosebay rhododendron. This is the tallest and showiest of the three rhododendron species native to our…

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Leaving No Trace

Leaving No Trace

  • May 31, 2017

As we move into prime hiking season, it's important to remember human impact on the environment and how it can be minimized, whether you're on an extended backpacking trip or a simple day hike. These seven principles provide guidelines for…

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Waterfalls: What Defines Them?

Waterfalls: What Defines Them?

  • May 15, 2017

We’ve had a lot of requests for Jim Parham’s Waterfall Hikes of North Georgia this week. All the rain this spring has made for spectacular waterfalls in the region. That got us thinking: What defines a waterfall? To answer that question, here’s an…

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The “Precious”

The “Precious”

  • April 27, 2017

Jim Parham has been out on the trail this spring, doing field work for a backpacking overnight guidebook to north Georgia. Along the way, he's had time to ruminate on an essential piece of adventure gear—one that might surprise you. Every…

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How To Use Trekking Poles

How to Use Trekking Poles

  • April 14, 2017

Trekking Poles. Certainly you can hike without them, and many folks do. However, if you want to save your knees for many years of hiking to come; are planning a trip that includes lots of rocky, rooty, steep terrain; or…

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The Multi-Talented Common Violet

The Multi-Talented Common Violet

  • March 31, 2017

We seem to have wildflowers on the brain here at Milestone Press. This may be because Jim Parham is nearing the end of a five-year book project titled Wildflower Walks & Hikes: North Carolina Mountains, due out next year. But the other reason is…

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A Brief History Of Forsythia

A Brief History of Forsythia

  • March 15, 2017

A recent post about flowers that mark old home places in the Southern Appalachians mentioned the early spring-flowering shrub forsythia. Like daffodils, forsythia blooms are golden, making bright spots in the woods where cabins and farmsteads once stood. Like daffodils,…

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Hiking Back To The Home Place

Hiking Back to the Home Place

  • February 28, 2017

It's been a warm winter here in the Smokies. And although we expect more cold weather in March, there's reason to expect that unlike last year, it will be an early spring. The earliest spring flowers are already in evidence. Daffodils…

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