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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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Leaving No Trace

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?

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”

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

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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A Brief History of Forsythia

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

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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Closing The Door On The Fires of 2016

The year was drawing to a close. The weather for the first day of 2017 looked iffy. So December 31 seemed the perfect time to hike to the nearby Wesser Bald Fire Tower in Nantahala National Forest to survey the damage wrought…

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25 Years. More Than 10,000 Adventure Trail Miles.

This week marks 25 years since we opened our publishing doors in 1991. That made us wonder: Just how many miles of adventure trails have we covered in our guidebooks over the years? A deep dive into our database yields some numbers we think…

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An Hour Before Sunrise

Over the course of a year, I spend a lot of time in the backcountry. Many a night I'm sleeping on the ground or suspended between two trees in my hammock. I love it, and I swear it’s much better…

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