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Wildflowers Blooming in December in the Smokies

Yesterday, walking along Deep Creek outside Bryson City in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, after multiple days and nights of freezingweather, we saw wildflowers in full bloom. We almost missed them--and probably would have if we hadn't been looking for…

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As Snow Flies, We Look Toward Spring Blooms

It's snowing all over the Southeast today, from the Smokies to Springer Mountain. But in our office, we're going over the final drafts of a new guidebook for spring. After 8 years of research, field work, and documentation,  Jim Parham's…

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The Everlasting Aster

As October passes and we move into the late fall of November, we don't expect to see many wildflowers. We tend to think it's time for the tree foliage to shine and provide color on the ground—and perhaps a few…

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The Devil’s Knitting Needles

I never fail to learn something new when I edit a guidebook. Typically it's about geography or local history, or the development of some public land—or rules and regulations on trail use. But this year I've spent a lot of…

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Taking a Hike for a Good Cause

When I decided to hike to the top of Mount Crested Butte, I didn't expect to end up in the local paper. Sometimes you can do a lot more than just hike when you climb a mountain. My recent visit…

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Walking Into History on the Road to Nowhere

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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